YOUTH MADE MEDIA for Trash Free Waters and Climate Action
teaching filmmaking, collaboration, and social/environmental impacts of trash
to NYC youth to catalyze zero waste and climate action!
(see Youth Media for TRASH FREE WATERS ->)
TRASH FREE WATERS
Cafeteria Culture is teaching our unique curriculum, YOUTH MEDIA + ARTS for TRASH FREE WATERS, to rising 8th grade filmmakers at MS246 Walt Whitman in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. (see Youth Media for TRASH FREE WATERS ->)
We are empowering students with cameras and storytelling skills to think critically about real world environmental problems and to instigate their own Trash Free Waters messaging for their communities and for the entire world! Students are debating, asking questions, and telling their own powerful stories about how street litter becomes toxic marine pollution.
TALKING WASTE TRANSFER
Have you ever wondered where your garbage goes each day?
Are you aware that everything you "throw away" will negatively impact some community along the journey to a landfill or incinerator?
Most NYC residents never think about this, unless, of course, garbage is being dumped in one's own backyard.
So why should you care?
Watch the video, created by Brooklyn 8th graders in our program, and find out!
As part of Cafeteria Culture's YOUTH IMPACT MEDIA for Climate Action curriculum, we are teaching video production to students in grades 5-8. This creative E-STEM curriculum empowers youth with 21st Century learning Skills, linking media literacy to climate literacy,
In 2014, MS 246 Walt Whitman, students in CafCu's media program learned documentary production skills so they could tell their own powerful stories about NYC's garbage plight. Students created PSA- type shorts, which will be a key resource for inspiring and educating other NYC youth via our upcoming Middle School SORT 2 SAVE KIT, a free online resource for all schools.
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"Except on Sundays, a day and night procession of 150 to 500 garbage trucks, each carrying over 10 tons of stinking garbage, will rumble through Yorkville, one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Manhattan, then turn onto a ramp that bisects an athletic facility used by 34,000 public school kids from every borough, and dump their loads right in front of public housing. The trucks will then turn around and drive back across a sidewalk necessarily used by the children, and away through a neighborhood which, I forgot to mention, is not only one of the most polluted and asthmatic in the city, but also has more schools and hospitals per square mile than any other." ("The NY Times + Mayor de Blasio + Real Estate = Garbage," by Matthew Chapman, Huffington Post, 12/10/2014)
"On a typical day, nearly 6,000 tons of trash is hauled in and out of the South Bronx, requiring about 1,400 diesel truck trips. This means two to three truck trips every minute in the course of a typical eight to 10 hour business day..." (The Bronx is Breathing/ NY Environment Report, by Sara dean, 2/20/15)
"In fact, it’s low-income communities that are hardest hit by environmental factors. It’s residents of the South Bronx and North Brooklyn that have the highest rates of asthma because of decades of unfair policies, overwhelming children with pollution from dirty, high-emission garbage trucks, long haul trucks, and highways."
NYC Pubic Advocate Letitia James, "Why All New Yorkers Should Support the Bag Bill." Huffington Post, 05/04/16 read more ->
CafCu thanks the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 for funding our 2014 program at MS 246 in 2014. We also thank:
- Rich Kassel of Gladstein, Neandross, & Associates for visiting MS 246, presenting to Class 804, and allowing students to interview him,
- Angela Tover of Sustainable South Bronx for allowing students to interview her,
- Cowichan Recyclists for allowing MS 246 students to use their photo,
- Just Add Water for camera donations,
- NYC Council Member Mathieu Eugene and the NYC Council for funding the Computer Lab at MS 246 Walt Whitman, and
- NYC Department of Education, Office of Communications and Media Relations.