Ocean Heroes Toolkit

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Calling All Heroes to Stop Plastic Pollution!

Single-use plastics (straws, utensils, bottles, etc.) are choking our oceans and contributing to climate change. We need Heroes like you to help stop plastic pollution reaching our oceans!

The Quest walks Heroes through the process of developing  a campaign to stop the use and disposal of single-use plastic straws in their community. It serves as the follow-up to the Ocean Heroes Bootcamp.

The Problem

  • Nearly 300 million tons of plastic is produced each year.
  • Half of that plastic is for single use products - straws, utensils, bottles, etc.
  • More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.
  • That plastic is harming life in oceans and on land

Our Oceans Need a Hero Like You to
Stop Plastic Pollution

Greenpeace together with the #breakfreefromplastic coalition conduct a beach cleanup activity and brand audit on Freedom Island, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The activity aims to name the brands most responsible for the plastic pollution happening in our oceans.
A banner reads "Polluted by Single-use Plastic".

Freedom island is an ecotourism area which contains a mangrove forest and swamps providing a habitat for many migratory bird species from different countries such as China, Japan and Siberia.
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How Can Heroes Help?

This Quest is focused on helping Heroes to develop and implement a campaign to ban single-use plastics, specifically plastic straws, in their communities. This Quest was designed as a follow-up to the Ocean Heroes Bootcamp, and funding is available to kids who have participated in this event.

Ocean Heroes in Action!

Chloe Mei smiling, straws collected from beach in hand

Newport-Mesa school district nixes plastic straws after hearing from CdM 7th-grader

July 27, 2018

32 schools have agreed to end the use of plastic straws as a result of Chloe Mei’s campaign! She achieved this quick result after lobbying […]

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Cayman Times – Ocean Hero makes a difference

July 13, 2018

The Cayman Times interviewed Steff about her passion for stopping plastic pollution as well as her participation in the 2018 Ocean Heroes Bootcamp! Read More […]

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plastic floating in ocean

KITV News: Two local 16-year-olds making waves looking to end plastic pollution

July 10, 2018

Dyson and Anne featured on TV! Dyson and Anne are two of our Bootcamp Champions from Hawaii. Watch the feature that Hawaii’s KITV did on […]

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San Bernardino Science Camp says goodbye to plastic stirrers!

June 11, 2018

Chloe Mei’s first success! While at an outdoor education camp with her classmates, she noticed the camp used plastic stirrers. Follow the link to learn […]

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Chloe Mei diving

Newport Coast 6th-grader campaigns to end use of plastic straws

May 9, 2018

Chloe Mei was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times about how her passion for saving the ocean came about and how formed her organization that […]

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Where has this Quest been Accepted?

Are you ready to start your Quest to save our oceans?

For Educators

Educators, use the link below to register for a free Project Hero Educator account. You can then create individual instances of this quest (and any others!) for each class or group you teach, as well as gain access to exclusive resources and funding opportunities.

Note: If you already have an account, you can simply log in and use your Educator Dashboard to register for this quest!

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