LITTER MONSTERS are everywhere, but you can take immediate action to keep plastic street litter out of our oceans, out of marine wildlife, and out of our seafood! Pick Up Litter and Refuse Single Use Plastics!
Cafeteria Culture co-created this stopmotion animation/live action video with PS/MS 34M 5th graders to show how seemingly harmless street litter gets out into our waterways, threatening the health of our oceans, marine wildlife and our seafood chain,
Did you know, that when it rains in New York City and over 700 other US municipalities in the US, the large amounts of water cause combined sewer systems to overflow, allowing street litter and raw sewage to flow directly out to our local waterways and eventually making its way to the ocean. Litter Monsters shows just how this happens… in a fun way.
So what SHOULD you do to keep your plastic bags, plastic bottles, plastic straws and all plastic litter out of our waterways? It’s not that hard. The 5th graders who created this video have a simple solution: Refuse Single Use Plastics and help to save our oceans!
New York City is working hard to change this scenario by constructing giant holding tanks, bioswales, and rain gardens to help absorb rainwater and divert the large amounts of water flowing into the sewer systems.
To learn more about New York City’s sewer systems, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, water quality and stewardship opportunities, please visit the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s website at nyc.gov/dep or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LITTER MONSTERS was created by 5th grade students from PS/MS 34 M, Franklin D. Roosevelt, a NYC public school located in Alphabet City, Manhattan, New York, located in the shadows of the Con Edison power plant. The video was made as part of Cafeteria Culture’s interdisciplinary environmental education, YOUTH MEDIA for TRASH FREE WATERS, School Program (2016), which has been generously funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2, Sustainable Materials Management Section, CASD. Cafeteria Culture is most appreciative of additional funding for this curriculum and video via our Underwriters Laboratories Innovative Education Award (ULIEA 2015), NY City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, and The Fund for the City of New York.
Cafeteria Culture is working to achieve zero waste schools and climate smart communities through education, arts, media, and action.
Subscribe to our YouTube channel: CafCu Media!
Learn more and help us to continue this important work by donating at cafeteriaculture.org.