CafeteriaCulture.org is working creatively with youth to achieve zero waste, climate-smart school communities and a plastic free biosphere, by merging citizen science and civic action with media production and the arts. Students in our programs, primarily from lower income communities of color, provide an urgently needed voice to the environmental movement by taking on leadership and advocacy roles and bridging the connection between zero waste and the climate crisis.
To scale up our plastic free educational outreach, we produced the award winning movie, MICROPLASTIC MADNESS, a springboard for youth action with schools as hubs for change. The movie tells the story of 56 fifth graders from Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC - a community on the frontline of the Climate Crisis - whose action on plastic pollution morphs into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories. The movie, toolkit, and impact campaign link youth activism to two of the most critical issues of our time, plastic pollution and the climate crisis, ending with positive take action message.