In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 “Global Goals” for Sustainable Development to end poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
We firmly believe in Clean Water and Sanitation, Global Goal 6. Water and sanitation related diseases remain among the major causes of death in children under five. More than 800 children die every day from diarrheal diseases linked to poor hygiene. Proper water and sanitation are essential to achieving the Global Goals, especially Good Health and Gender Equality.
Our members choose one or two Global Goals they feel most passionate about representing. The SDGs in Action app and the World’s Largest Lesson website are used as educational tools for our members.
Our favorite Global Goals resources:
CIGARETTE RECYCLING PROGRAM
Did you know that cigarette butts are one of the most commonly littered items?
We partner with the City of Stuart and TerraCycle with the unified mission to help beautify Downtown Stuart through this initiative. As part of TerraCycle’s cigarette recycling program, cigarette waste collected from 16 receptacles around Downtown Stuart is shipped to TerraCycle. As a result, cigarette waste is recycled into hard materials, including shipping pallets.
Additionally, $1 per pound of cigarette waste recycled is donated to Keep America Beautiful. Cigarette waste is collected and mailed to TerraCycle every six weeks.
We were awarded the 2020 Keep Martin Beautiful Youth Group Champion Award for our involvement in this initiative.
For more information about this program, here are some of our favorite resources:
Did you know that over 100 million marine animals die every year from being entangled or consuming plastic bags?
On average, we only recycle one plastic bag in every 200 we use. Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute.
Our Plastic Bag initiative, in collaboration with the City of Stuart, Martin County School District, and Publix, places an emphasis on environmental education. Educating students allows them to have a greater influence and leadership roles as “Plastic Bag Ambassadors.” This initiative also connects to Global Goals 12, 14, 15, and 17 because it promotes ending plastic litter while protecting our marine life and environment.
Unite with us, the Martin County School District, the City of Stuart, and Publix to #SaveOurOceans and #EndPlasticLitter, one bag at a time!
Here are some ways of how you can join our mission:
Bring your plastic bags to school to be recycled through Publix.
Raise awareness about this initiative through word-of-mouth and social media.
Encourage others to use reusable bags while shopping.
Be aware of where your school’s plastic bag receptacle is located.
Introduce yourself to your school’s principal, administration, and staff as a Students4H2O member and youth leader of this initiative.
High school students can receive volunteer hours for delivering plastic bags to Publix.
Our road, which is included in Keep Martin Beautiful’s Adopt-a-Road program, is located on Georgia Avenue (SE Ocean Blvd to MLK Blvd), which is between Stuart Memorial Park and Stuart Middle School. Our members commit to keeping our road clean by participating in six Adopt-a-Road cleanups every year, taking ownership in our community to reduce litter while empowering each other to save our Earth.
For more information, please email info@Students4H2O.org
Since 2012, Water Fest has been an environmental festival hosted by the City of Stuart in Stuart Memorial Park. The outdoor expo, which is free to the public, focuses on promoting water conservation and bringing awareness of current and future water quality and supply issues. Festival goers visit booths staffed by respected environmental professionals, local educators and peers, rising leaders, and utility personnel who provide interactive environmental lessons, demonstrations, contests, and games. The City of Stuart collaborates with Students4H2O to produce the springtime event, which among other endeavors, facilitates a walk-for-water to depict the challenge women and children face in many third world countries to obtain drinking water.
For more information, please contact adriana@Students4H2O.org
From September 2018 to May 2019, United Way of Martin County’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program, in partnership with Students4H2O and Martin County Parks & Recreation’s Sailfish Splash Waterpark, recognized one deserving student, K – 12th grade*, each month online at TCPalm.com / YourNews, on Facebook, and in the Stuart News / Your News supplement for demonstrating one or more of the Six Pillars of Character and / or Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Each student recognized received two day passes to Sailfish Splash Waterpark during its 2019 season!
*Eligible students must attend a Martin County School District school or Hope Rural School.