Two years ago, a group of concerned Falmouth sixth graders, in cooperation with the local non-profit Falmouth Water Stewards, launched a campaign to educate people about the problem of plastics pollution on beaches and in the ocean and a really easy way they can help prevent it — skipping the straw. The students are now in eighth grade and the project is still going strong–educating the community and business owners about marine pollution.
The students in conjunction with a retired middle school teacher who taught the Skip the Straw students, will put together a training video so that other students throughout Cape Cod and the Islands and beyond can learn how to form their own Skip the Straw campaign. The video which is anticipated to be available later this year will include:
*How the young activists went about creating their organization
*The importance of the Skip The Straw project for the greater Community
*Environmental effects of plastic on the oceans and coastal wetlands
*Interviewing community members to get their reaction to this project
*Visuals of the negative effects of plastics on the environment
*Looking toward the future and the importance of efforts like this one