Team Overview:

Plastic Free Gen Z, Youth4Climate’s newest youth-led campaign, aims to bring high school students from across San Diego together to educate others about the plastic pollution crisis, advocate for anti-pollution legislation, and empower youth to stand up and make a difference in our plastic-wrapped world.

Despite plastic pollution being one of the most well-known environmental issues of our time, plastic use and waste continues to grow in our communities and all over the world. As SanDiego350 youth, we can make a difference in this global crisis by helping our peers, schools, and communities change the way they use and approach single-use plastic materials. 

What We’re Working On:

  • Current Projects
    • March: “The Story of Plastic” virtual screening followed by a group discussion and an invitation for individuals to take further action and become more involved with Youth4Climate
    • April: Plastic Free Gen Z webinar featuring guest speakers and activists, to educate participants about the impacts of plastic pollution and waste.
  • Later Projects
    • Working with San Diego high schools to phase out plastic from their campuses
    • Advocating for legislation and ordinances focused on reducing the abundance of single-use plastic

What Volunteers Do:

  • Brainstorm ideas for our events and projects
  • Collaborate with other Y4C teams
  • Have the opportunity to take on leadership roles
  • Co-facilitate events
  • Craft social media presence and use graphical design to promote campaign

Team Accomplishments:

  • Successfully kicked off the project at the beginning of February 2021
  • Established official name as “Plastic Free Gen Z” and created original logo
  • Successfully started the project with around 30 members from various San Diego high schools!

How To Get Involved:

The Plastic Free Gen Z Team meets weekly on Mondays at 7:00 pm PST. To get involved, fill out SD350’s Volunteer Interest Form and tick “Plastic Free Gen Z” under the Youth4Climate volunteer team section. You can also contact Eva Geierstanger at eva.geierstanger@gmail.com for more information!

What Do Our Meetings Look Like?

  • Team bonding, check-ins, and discussions
  • Announcements and opportunities
  • Video breaks to learn more about the plastic crisis
  • Plastic action updates and calls to action 
  • Team updates, discussing legislation and policy actions
  • Outreach updates and discussions
  • Updating and scheduling timeline
  • Wrap up and to-dos!

Fun Fact:

Our “almost Gen Z” members are considered honorary Gen Z at our meetings. 🙂


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