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.

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

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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Aloha All,

We have reached our goal of educating 10,000 students and we could not be more excited!

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this trip. Without your support we could not have made this dream come true! Your donations allowed us to impact students down the west coast and leave many schools with lasting impacts like removing plastic forks from their lunch rooms, organizing school wide beach cleans, and more!

The SCH Road Trip may be winding down but we are not done. This summer we will be working with a partner organization of Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii called Parley for the Oceans. Our bus and mission will remain largely the same.

With small change in signage and a lot more direct funding support our go fund me is now going to come to a close. The donations to this page throughout this trip have taught us that every little bit helps and counts.

Thank you for everything and Aloha!

Nick and Hans aka the schroadtrip
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Aloha Everyone!

We have reached Santa Barbara and are absolutely rocking! We have reached a new total number of students of 8,162. Amazing stretch of coastline through Northern California and Central California. We have hosted 2 more cleanups removing more land based debris from the California coastline. We also taught at our first University being Cal Poly where we were able to draft proactive solutions with Surfrider Foundation and challenge students to take initiative to solve plastic pollution starting with their school! We cannot thank you enough for all the support! Sending our Aloha!

Nick and Hans
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Aloha Everyone!

We are currently coming up on week 8 on the road and have reached a new total of students of 4,138! We are currently heading south out of Eureka, California and are headed towards San Fransisco. We cannot thank you enough for your continued support and are sending all our Aloha from SF!
Check out our recent interview below.

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Aloha All,

We have worked our way down a significant portion of the Washington State coastline and have reached a new total number of students of 2,201! Thank you for all the support.

Also check out the recent podcast we did before leaving the North Kitsap Area.

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