Join the Fox Valley Sustainability Network from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, and be inspired by 56 fifth graders from a Public School in Brooklyn, NY, who tackle the problem of plastic pollution!
And after the film, enjoy local information and perspective from these speakers:
- Abby Beck — Ward 5 Batavia City Council Member
- Cynthia Kanner — Executive Director, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
- Jaclyn Wegner — Director of Conservation Action, Shedd Aquarium
The film, Microplastic Madness, is the story of these fifth graders, living on the front line of the climate crisis, whose actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories.
With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists who are engaged in the most cutting edge research on the harmful effects of microplastics, this alarming, yet charming narrative, conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms.
These 11-year-olds dive deep into the root causes of plastic pollution. Taking on the roles of citizen scientists and community advocates, they collect local data, lead community outreach, and use their own local data to inform policy by testifying and rallying at City Hall.
Then they turn their focus back to school, taking action in their cafeteria to eliminate all single-use plastic!
Cafeteria Culture, an environmental education organization working with youth to creatively achieve zero waste schools, plastic free waters, and climate smart communities by merging citizen science and civic action with media and the arts created this film to inspire kids, teachers and policy makers alike. This is the spark needed to grow a youth-led Plastics Free Future movement in schools across New York City and beyond!
This is a chance for you, your neighbors, your school green team, your school administrators to screen this amazing film about the power of knowledge and youth voices.
The Fox Valley Sustainability Network, hosting this film, brings together the public and private sectors from around the Fox Valley to cut across boundaries and create a healthy, sustainable and vibrant Fox Valley. FVSN offers bi-monthly events that aim to remake our communities and create an environmentally sustainable region.
The Fox Valley Sustainability Network is a project of Seven Generations Ahead, City of Aurora, Kane County, and a5 Branding and Digital in collaboration with Fox Valley communities and counties.
SOURCE: This article was submitted by the Kane County Development & Community Services Department