Colton Hills Community School
"As humans we are drowning marine ecosystems in trash, noise, oil, and carbon emissions. Most of the garbage that enters the ocean each year is plastic—and here to stay. That’s because unlike other trash, the single-use grocery bags, water bottles, drinking straws, and yogurt containers, among eight million metric tons of the plastic items we toss (instead of recycling), won’t biodegrade. With skyrocketing plastic production, low levels of recycling, and poor waste management, between 4 and 12 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year—enough to cover every foot of coastline on the planet! In the ocean, plastic pollution impacts sea turtles, whales, seabirds, fish, coral reefs, and countless other marine species and habitats."
"Our big idea is a campaign and a product, our product is a robot that is used to collect the plastic from the oceans. Our campaign is to spread public awareness about the importance of the ocean life to the survival of the planet. Our vision is that once our machine is available, there would be one in every country so we could all work world-wide and that each country could help saving the world. Our vision is that in 10 years the ocean will be clean and sea life will be back to normal, some endangered species will reproduce and get back to how they were 20 years ago."
"Our Big Idea is beneficial because we will be helping the sea life, as well as preventing climate change from increasing and having detrimental effects. By getting rid of the plastic, we are decreasing the plastic that increase toxins in the water and the micro-pieces of plastic, which is harming the sea life and causing our own food chain to get contaminated