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
- 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 email@example.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!
Our “almost Gen Z” members are considered honorary Gen Z at our meetings. 🙂