Hans & Nick's Excellent Adventure
Hans and Nick Schippers are on a mission to inspire change.
In 2019, Hans and Nick, two brothers in their twenties from Kingston, boarded a customized school bus—their new home—and embarked on a journey.
There was no set beginning or end—only a mission: to teach elementary and middle school students about plastics pollution.
Nick says the idea for the mission came out of an “aha” moment while surfing one day off Oahu, “I got taken out by a wave only to resurface with microplastics in my hair, on my face, and in my mouth.”
Both men graduated from the University of Hawaii with Environmental Science degrees. Nick also has a Master’s in Environmental Policy.
The brothers got a loan from their uncle to purchase an old school bus, and their dad, a construction manager, helped them with the impressive buildout. And they were off.
To date, they have educated 20,000 students about plastic pollution and the effects on the marine environment, as well as, hosted over 50 cleanups. They have reached hundreds of communities in their beloved bus. Hans and Nick are currently working with Parley For The Oceans to help develop a youth program that impacts thousands around the world.
At Monday's meeting, they’ll tell us about their journey and what we can do to help in the fight against ocean plastic pollution.