Since 2016 the Thompson elementary school has been leading zero waste campaigns. Their first campaign inspired their school district to switch from Styrofoam school cafeteria trays to compostable trays and adopt industrial composting systems reducing lunchtime waste by 97%. In this first episode of Small But Mighty Kids Change The World, Maanik, Eli and Mia discuss the harmful impacts of plastic and Styrofoam pollution and food waste that inspired them into action. With the story of their green team these 5th graders seek to inspire other students to run their own zero waste campaigns in their school districts and towns. This podcast was created by Maanik, Eli, Mia, Quinn, Teddy and Ana with the help of Green Team mom, Elizabeth, and ACMi youth mentor, Kevin.

This video was created in coordination with Arlington Community Media, Inc. in Arlington, MA. ACMi is dedicated to providing an electronic forum for the free exchange of information and ideas which reflect the talents, skills, interests, concerns, and diversity of the Arlington, Massachusetts community.

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