Johnsons Rock When It Comes To The Environment, Too
is to know that environmental education is making its way to be seen on the national level, which is so important for the movement, especially for the farm-to-school and school garden movement that we’re really involved in here in Hawaii,” Johnson said.
Current KHF projects include ‘AINA In Schools, a farm-to-school focus on everything from nutrition to salad bars; 3R’s School Recycling, promoting waste reduction in 50 schools; and KHF Field Trip Grants and Mini-Grants, which support small, teacher-driven projects.
“It’s really amazing to see in the last 10 years, the consciousness has changed. More and more teachers … are taking on these environmental issues, and a more sustainable lifestyle is becoming more mainstream,” Johnson said.
KHF’s newest effort is Plastic Free Hawaii, helping to reduce Hawaii’s singleuse plastic consumption by distributing reusable bags and getting the message out at farmers markets and other sites. Johnson said they are pushing the campaign hard in light of the upcoming July 1, 2015, ban on plastic bags on Oahu.
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‘why’ behind trying to curb our dependence on single-use plastics,” Johnson said.
Also new is the Hawaii School Bottle Cap Collection Challenge. KHF can recycle the caps that are normally thrown away during plastic bottle recy- cling. The contest runs until March 31 and is open to all Hawaii schools. Interested groups should visit kokuahawaiifoundation.org/bottlecapchallenge for more information.
KHF always welcomes contributions, and ‘AINA In Schools in particular relies on volunteers to both teach lessons and help prep campus gardens for students.
Upcoming recycling drives are set for March 8 at Kaelepulu Elementary and March 22 at Mililani Waena Elementary. The next beach cleanup also is March 22.
For details, visit kokuahawaiifoundation.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim and Jack Johnson of Kokua Hawaii Foundation. Photo from Natalie McKinney.