THE PARALLEL PROJECTS
The Parallel Projects Website #theparallelprojectsTeam Leader:
Justin Sather Team Members:
Perise Forbi, Hudu Hamis, Rashid Said Ali, Ali Hamid Omar, and Maulid Hamis Mshahame Meet Justin.
Justin is in third grade and lives in Los Angeles, California.
He started "The Parallel Projects" to make the planet safer with less plastic and better water for animals and people around the world. DID YOU KNOW?A million plastic bottles are bought around the world EVERY MINUTE.How The Parallel Projects Started.....
It all began when an environmental science college student, Perise, from Cameroon reached out to Justin asking for advice on how to turn his town’s trash into treasures. When Justin saw the thousands upon thousands of bottles throughout Buea, Cameroon, he quickly began asking for ideas from others around the world in hopes of cleaning up Perise’s town.
In kindergarten, Justin learned frogs breath and drink through their skin and they are very sensitive to pollution. Scientists could not believe how many frogs were dying and Justin learned this was a sign that the planet needs help.
DID YOU KNOW?
Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans.
DID YOU KNOW?Plastic bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate (Pet) which take over 400 years to naturally decompose.
Call of Action...
Justin and Perise put out a call of action to youth around the world on ideas to upcycle thousands of plastic bottles into works of art on a campaign to bring awareness of the problems with single use plastics.
DID YOU KNOW?
It is estimated that by the year 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.
DID YOU KNOW?
The biggest recycling store RePlanet chain in California closed its doors to 284 sites due to the depressed value of pricing for PET plastic.
As the ideas came in, Justin and his family and friends completed the projects in the United States and in “parallel” so did Perise in Cameroon.
Since that day, dozens of ideas have come in from all around the world. So far, in "parallel" they made many things such as flower planters, plastic bottle animals, plastic bottle cap art, and even earrings from the bottles. The ideas have come from as far as Canada, Nigeria, Kenya, and Tanzania. THE FLOWER PLANTER IDEA:
The Kindness Ninjas in Canada had the idea to make flower planters out of the plastic bottles.
Justin and his family made over 100 flower planters in the United States and Perise made dozens with his family and students at a nearby school.
And the idea did not stop there.THE CAP ART IDEA:
Dispose Recycler in Nigeria recommended that we use all the plastic lids to make art. DID YOU KNOW?It is estimated that by the year 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.
A recent study by Ghent University in Belgium found that people who regularly eat seafood ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic each year.
The Parallel Projects began Spreading …
Justin soon recognized that other people in nearby countries had similar plastic pollution problems. People from all around the world started contacting me and asking how they could join in on the Parallel Projects. He learned how recycling centers closed down, how illegal dumping sites are used, and how plastic bottles were going into drains and making their way into the oceans, wetlands, streams, and waterways nearby.
He began encouraging children, teachers, and adults from near and far to join The Parallel Projects campaign by sharing their ideas on how to upcycle bottles and the campaign to bring awareness to our world’s plastic pollution problem.
Hudu Hamis and his students in Tanzania had the idea to turn the bottles into toy cars.
Justin made cars, boats, airplanes, rocket ships and more with his friends.
DONATIONS WILL SUPPORT:
1) WATER FILTER JUGS FOR 4 SCHOOL
Justin found that the many people use plastic water bottles due to the lack of clean drinking water.
He wants to help 4 schools get Life Straw Community water filters that clean the parasites and bacteria out of water so it is safe to drink.
Grace of God: Perise (the school currently relies on rain water)
Tumekuia Secondary School: Ali (the school currently relies on ocean water)
2) THE MAKING AND DISTRIBULTION OF THE PARALLEL PROJECTS NEWSPAPER
Justin teamed up with Jessica Sammon, the designer of the Eco Paper, and together they created a mini newspaper about the Parallel Projects. The main goal of the newspaper is to teach people to refuse and reduce the amount of single use bottles. The newspaper provides information on the dangers of plastic pollution to human health as well as the health of our oceans and animals worldwide. And the newspaper will be a guide on how to turn trash into treasures as part of the #theparallelproject campaign. The funds will go to printing and shipping fees of the newspaper that will be provided to classrooms that want to join in The Parallel Projects Campaign.
Donations will Support: Reusable Water Bottles
Justin teamed up with a company that allows you to design your own water bottle. Of course, Justin has drawn a frog on his and he hopes to create the next generation of youth that want to take care of the planet to protect their favorite animals too. We are working to bring reusable water bottles to 4 schools in Africa in addition to all the third graders at Justin's school in Los Angeles.
Justin is raising money to make reusable water bottles with the entire third grade level at his school in Los Angeles.
The goal is to raise money for water bottles for 4 schools in Africa.
The Parallel Projects has Moved into Help with Water Quality Too!!!
This is just the beginning of The Parallel Projects and we thank you for your continued support!!