7 year old Madhvi Chittoor, a Plastic Pollution Coalition Youth Ambassador and the founder of Madhvi 4 Eco Ethics, has been raising awareness about the problem of plastic pollution for years in her hometown of Arvada, Colorado and beyond.
Always interested in plants, animals, and wildlife, Madhvi started by raised money for the World Wildlife Foundation to save Amur Leopards when she was 5 yrs old. After watching a documentary on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, she was concerned for the animals endangered by the "plastic soup" in the ocean. She wrote an award-winning book titled "Is Plastic My Food?", available on Amazon. The book earned Madhvi a letter of recognition from National Geographic.
In her local school district, Madhvi hosted a signature drive to garner support to replace Styrofoam / polystyrene containers in school cafeterias, which led to a meeting with the superintendent to discuss replacing the polystyrene containers with paper. In September, Superintendent Jason Glass said he would form a sustainability team to help replace polystyrene in school cafeterias and also set guidelines for sustainable supply lists for Jefferson county schools.
Last year, Madhvi worked with U.S. Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper, to declare April 2018 as Plastic and Styrofoam Pollution Awareness Month. The goal is to help citizens stop using single-use plastic utensils, straws, and polystyrene containers. Artwork by Madhvi was on display at the State Capitol from Dec. 10-14 to create public awareness about pollution from polystyrene in local waterways.
She has also spoken in the City Council meetings of Arvada, CO and is working with the sustainability teams in neighboring cities such as Denver, Westminster, Golden, Wheatridge, and Aurora, to reduce the plastic footprint.
Cheers, Madhvi! You are an inspiration!