Eco-Green/ Aquaponics Club
This club is focused on keeping less of a carbon footprint on this planet; we are trying to do our part in saving the planet. :)
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2780 Copper ridge court
Florida: Lake Mary (32746)
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Date You Started Your Project Started
We started the club May 26, 2019. Well that was when we had our first club event, which was a schoolwide cleanup!
1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
We are helping to resolve the issue of pollution, by starting small and close to home(our school). We also are trying to solve the problem of chemical runoff occurring. Both of these problems exist because of us HUMANS! So “Eco-green” is trying to do our part in reversing our effects of pollution and chemical runoff. It is very important to solve this issue if we want to still have a place on this earth within the next 10 years.
2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
We are solving this problem by bringing awareness. We have started an instagram account (shsecogreenclub) to spread to our peers, how we are slowly killing our planet. We also used our platform to get together people to help. We plan on doing school clean ups every 9 weeks(4 times), A Spring/Lake clean up once a semester(2 times), and then one BIG beach cleanup at the end of the year. This may not seem like much, but it only takes one person to start a chain of people trying to keep this earth clean. We also are an aquaponics club. This means that we farm fish and the fish feces produce a nutritious base to grow our plants in the water. Right now we have one system because they are so expensive to create, but we plan on creating a lot more to put around our school! By growing plants this way, we are helping to limit the chance of chemical runoff considering we don’t use any fertilizers or pesticides. The vegetables turn out looking greener and tasting better, we also donate our food we grow to homeless Shelters/soup kitchens.
3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?
My friend Anna was the original creator of this club idea. I took a huge interest in it and I decided I wanted to really push her dream of having this club to life. So we have been working along side eachother to make this club exactly how we envisioned it. We started it mainly because we noticed how dirty our school was and how it only takes one second to pick up a piece of trash. We realized that we had to inform our school of how potentially dangerous this could be to our environment. We were tired of seeing nothing being done about this when all it takes is one person to just pick up trash.
4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”
5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
When we first announced that we would be becoming a club, we had a HUGE amount of people who wanted to be a part of this club. We then reached out to all these people to invite them to help us host a school cleanup. We were all very open and accepting of eachother and we all knew we came here for one cause...to do our part in trying to save the planet. The presidents and I of the club bought our club members food and water to keep us hydrated and not hungry throughout the cleanup. When it came to the actual cleanup we tried to split up the groups into groups of kids who don’t usually talk to eachother, that way everyone in the club got to interact with eachother.
6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
I believe we stand out because not too many environmental clubs worry too much about water conservation,etc. Eco-Green has dedicated half of our time building aquaponics systems as well as hosting school cleanups.
7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
We have really brought the issue of global warming and climate change to our peers eyes. We have over 100 followers on Instagram and we continue to bring more in everyday. I’ve noticed more people at school actually just throwing away their trash, or getting rid of the plastic water bottles and just buying a reusable one, etc. it’s made me quite happy to see some people are so interested in my club
8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
We plan on having fundraisers, such as selling metal straws, so that we can stop the use of plastic straws. We also want to sell reusable bags and other items. Our club is placing recycling bins all around our school. We have one aquaponics system but we want to have at least 5 incorporated into our campus so we can fully have an aquaponics gardening system.
9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?
10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
Donations less than $100
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?
Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?
Communities of color
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