Richard Carosso, the school's principal, quieted the students and explained their reason for assembling. He introduced Torsten, the sponsors, and the athletes, to roaring applause. The stoke on the students’ faces was priceless. Torsten gave an inspiring message and encouraged the kids to take care of their bottles and fountains, after so much hard work went into it.
Lily Serano, a marine biologist and lead educator at the Maui Ocean Center gave a brief presentation on the detrimental effects of single-use plastic, explaining the damage it does to animals and the ecosystem. Lily reminded us that although we may feel powerless in the face of all the plastic polluting the ocean, the little things we can do are worth it and add up.
Three ways to make a difference today:
Reduce - Stop buying water bottles, and other single use items like plastic bags, plastic utensils, etc.
Reuse - Use reusable grocery bags, reusable water bottles and filling stations, take reusable lunch boxes to school.
Recycle - Dispose of plastic containers properly, use it in an art project, don’t just add it to the landfill.