How it started
Two years ago, I (Carly) went to Nicaragua for an entire month to learn Spanish, teach English, and educate small communities on environmentalism. During my time in Nicaragua, I minimized my waste by refusing, reducing, and reusing. Nicaragua (like many developing countries) does not have a proper waste disposal system. The country burns all of their waste including recyclables and plastic. While in Nicaragua I was living in a hostel that was starting to deteriorate due to rising sea levels. It made me extremely upset to think about how people, including myself at the time, do not recognize the detrimental impact waste has on the environment and surrounding countries since it contributes to climate change (greenhouse gas emissions, rising sea levels, etc.). The small islands in Nicaragua experience climate change firsthand and their land is being destroyed by erosion & increasing sea levels. It was devastating to realize that my decisions in the United States were having a negative impact on the people of these islands.