The theme this year for Earth Day is to eliminate styrofoam from our campus. A cohort of students have been working towards bringing greater awareness about the negative effects of styrofoam and would like to persuade individuals to make an informed decision to purchase and utilize biodegradable products.
Olana Chow (class of 2013) began her campaign against styrofoam in her community in Moloka’i. Her passion to educate others on campus has been ongoing for her Kamehameha career. In order to support her contacts were made with Punahou’s Leaf Program and students met together to discuss possible avenues to further the process of eliminating styrofoam from our campus.
Other activities included the movie showing of King Corn and Food Inc.. Both documentaries relate strongly to the topic of consumer choices regarding the food industry such that corn contributes largely to the plastic industry and therefore the packaging of food products.
Our Food Inc. movie showing was enhanced by the kind donation from Down to Earth in the form of healthy food alternatives. Not all students loved the tofu mock chicken salad sandwiches however they appreciated the exposure.
Ingredients Hawaii was also a great source of information for students regarding the programs that are going on in the community currently to improve the health of our local communities.
Styrophobia was invited to speak with the H4GH group and a great deal of helpful information was provided. Samples of their products were also provided and will be on display at the Earth Day event.
Students also utilized the worm composting bin to plant seedlings to pass out to the general public for the Earth Day event.