SCH West Coast Education Tour

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Sustainable Coastlines West Coast Educational Tour 


We are two brothers hailing from the small town of Kingston, Washington, seeking to change the way the west coast views plastic pollution. After experiencing multiple extremely fun cleanups in Hawaii with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, we realized more needed to be done. Under the guidance and support of Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, and a host of other environmentally conscious organizations, we are embarking on a trip down the west coast of the United States to reach generations of students. Our teachings will focus on individual and community level action to change use of plastics and broaden understanding of their impact on both our local and international marine environment. We will provide an interactive learning opportunity for students, partnering with local schools and teachers to tailor Sustainable Coastlines’ curriculum to the community we are working in. This funding page is targeted at raising the adequate financial support to change the lives of over 10,000 students from Washington State to California. For more information about our plans, continue reading below, check out Sustainable Coastlines' website , and review our preliminary budget. 

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Pictured below is the plastic pollution epidemic faced by Hawaii and the rest of the world. Sitting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and just below the North Pacific Garbage Patch, Hawaii is at the front lines of the plastic pollution problem. Its North and East facing coastlines are a magnet for floating ocean trash which is delivered by the currents and prevailing Northeasterly winds. This ocean trash is fueled by the commercial fishing industry, global consumption of plastic products, and plastic packaging of many products that we rely on for day to day use. Cleanups that we do on Hawaii's coastlines show that the vast majority of the trash we pick up is not originally from Hawaii. Despite all of our efforts to practice better consumption and management of our waste in Hawaii, we are positioned to be the world's dumping ground unless we ignite change in areas outside of Hawaii, especially those along mainland coastlines of the continental United States and countries throughout the Pacific Rim.

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Starting this October, we are attempting to share what we've learned from Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii with a larger demographic. We will target students along the west coast of the United States and their surrounding local communities who we believe have the potential to magnify the action needed to keep their local beaches clean and benefit the oceans worldwide, specifically with a focus on Hawaii. Over the course of one school year, our goal is to educate at least 10,000 students ranging from Elementary to High School about the plastic pollution epidemic. We believe that our engaging programming can help students understand the life cycle of plastics through narrative storytelling and how the impacts of plastics are seen most severely on the Hawaiian coastlines. Most importantly, we will be inspiring students to create their own proactive solutions to stop debris from entering the oceans in the first place.  

Two out of every three breaths you take comes from the ocean. Our own survival requires a healthy ocean, so help us on our mission to spread the values of Sustainable Coastlines to the mainland! Along our journey we will be engaging with communities, collaborating with other like-minded organizations, meeting with businesses, hosting cleanups and documenting our work. We encourage you to follow along! Check us out on Instagram at @sustainablecoastlineshawaii and @schroadtrip. 

Mahalo Nui Loa 

About Us

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Hans Schippers

As a recent graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, my passion for the ocean continues to motivate me in seeking environmental change. Graduating with a BA in Environmental focused Economics and Political Science, I was fortunate to receive a job selling solar energy. However, I still found myself compelled to create a brighter future for our oceans. Motivated by the mission of Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and my recent internship with them during undergrad, I decided to institute the real change that is needed to save the world's greatest playground: the oceans.

Nick Schippers

A “double dawg” at heart. I have a BA in Environmental Studies and an MPA in Environmental Policy from the University of Washington. As a lifelong surfer and advocate for the oceans, I have worked with both the Surfrider Foundation and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to try to change perception surrounding our use of plastic. The use of plastics is one small but tangible way to educate and work with current k-12 students on environmental issues. Our work will provide a basis for kids down the west coast to begin thinking about sustainability and the environment in a way that is both interactive and effective. To continue working under Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and push for change and action at a local level is an incredible privilege and I cannot wait to embark on this journey.
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We are currently in our hometown Kingston Washington and have reached 415 students! We have focused on Title 1 schools throughout the greater North Kitsap area. We recently purchased the bus which will transport us down the West Coast! Still working on conversions to the bus to make it better for mobile education. Thank you to all who have helped us thus far. Mahalo Nui Loa!
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$5,120 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 59 people in 3 months
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Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii
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