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Roatan’s youth making videos for a Plastic-Free Future

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

In 2019, Roatan became one of the first municipalities in Honduras to ban the sale of single-use plastics. Unfortunately, enforcement has been challenging, and single-use plastics, including plastic bags, cutlery, straws, and styrofoam, abound, contributing to ongoing plastic pollution on the island.

Roatan’s youth making videos for a Plastic-Free Future

Globally, plastic presents a huge, and growing problem. More than 8 million tons of plastic are littering the world's oceans each year. At the current rate, by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish.

To do its part in the fight against single-use plastics, we hosted a video competition called "Plastic Free Future for Roatan - PFF." Two teams were created to develop this creative adventure: the Methodist School of Coxen Hole students and the C.E.B. Abel Gonzalez of French Key. Participants learned about marine litter and what individuals can do to make a change. Each team was then asked to create a video with the help of a tutor and the RMP team.

Through a series of workshops, students wrote scripts. They acted in their films, gaining hands-on experience in video production as they became aware of the actions everyone can take in their schools and homes to reduce plastic on the island. As participants learned, small acts add up to make significant differences. Furthermore, both teams got together for a beach clean-up near Sandy Bay beach, where they also exchanged experiences with interns from the" Protect Our Pride" scholarship program.

The PFF Awards Event will take place Saturday 28th, the jury will announce the award-winning videos. The jury will announce the award-winning videos. You are cordially invited to attend!

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