The purpose of this project was to create consciousness on plastic bag consumption along with the consequences that harm the planet. Plastic bags affect the marine life, landfills, trees, and even our health. With all the chemicals in the plastic bags due to their composition, mothers and young children could get sick. Also turtles, birds, dolphins eat plastic thinking it is food or are asphyxiated until their slow death.
I worked to ban plastic bags in the community surrounding my school, using art and education.
What steps did your organization take to complete the project?
First, I wrote a formal research essay in addition to a strategic plan. Writing down step by step the movement I was going to start helped me organize my time.
Also, I collaborated with visual artists to create art showing plastic bags harsh reality combined with abstract & fantasy; afterwards hanging their art around town and school. One of the artists did the mermaid with a plastic bag on her head, represented the magic of the ocean being blinded by all the plastic bags inside it. Another artist, who is more of an abstract artist, created a poster describing the crumbled plastic around nature and how humans don’t even notice the presence of plastic. We posted them around town with a side note to reduce plastic consumption and to read my article about this project.
I showed a Documentary called Plastic Paradise to Idyllwild. The students were shocked afterwards and asked questions about ways to help this epidemic disaster.
I wrote an article for the Town Crier Newspaper at Idyllwild Arts about my project and got it published. You can view the article here: http://idyllwildtowncrier.com/2016/05/05/iaa-environmental-club-enough-plastic/
Finally, I talked with the owners of the shops of ways to reduce plastic bag consumption by charging or stop handing them out.
What challenges did you face, and how were they addressed?
One challenge was connecting with businesses in the community. To solve this problem, I worked with the area Chamber of Commerce.
What impact has the project had on your campus and the community?
Businesses in the community began the process of banning plastic bags in their stores, or charging customers per bag. Students are much more aware of the impact that plastic bags have on the environment.