A Great Surprise – Zero Plastic Water Bottles

We all can make a difference. I learned yesterday that my 2018 video (Snowball of Solutions) asking the sports community to stop using plastic water bottles inspired Geoff Frank and the team at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe to search for ways to replace the 4000+ water bottles they usually sold in the summer.

Geoff talked with the Deschutes Brewery and they listened. That’s the “ripple effect” in action. And that’s how Deschutes canned water was born in 2019. It became the solution for those without reusable bottles.

Last summer Tumalo sold zero plastic bottles. You can only imagine how happy that made me! Also, Dan McGarigle of Pine Mountain Sports also credits the film for inspiring him and his team to swap plastic bottles for reusable, or cans and glass. Click for video

Now, here’s my request: I am asking all of Central Oregon stores along with Visit Bend Oregon to swap plastic for reusable and canned water. Support our kids and be a part of the Snowball of Solutions. Please share this message with other outdoor stores! Share in all your social media.

YOU can be part of the SNOWBALL OF SOLUTIONS.

Reflections on Ocean Heroes BootCamp (Summer 2019)

I attended the Ocean Heroes BootCamp last summer in Vancouver Canada. It was a huge gathering of kids ages 11-18 and maybe some even older. I was happy to see so many kids and teens being active for the environment – especially against plastic and for the ocean. Sometimes I felt very sad after hearing the statistics about pollution and how sick the earth and the Oceans are.

No matter how huge the problems are, I have decided to keep on sharing solutions. I have videos on my VIDEO page. Lately my friend, Ella, has been working on solution videos with me. Each of us can be part of the solution.

Julia Alvarado, age 11, November 2019

After my Aunt Judy Shasek told me about Ocean Heroes Bootcamp I decided that I should go to learn more about the earth and how I can save it. My aunt nominated me and i was accepted. I was so glad that my mom, Michelle, was able to go with me. There was a sort of camp that parents went to while the kids did their own things.

  • I was already doing some things in my community. You can read about them on my BLOG links.

For over a year I have spoken at a lot of events and schools. I made videos and I tried to have everyone join my snowball of solutions. My first video showed how how one piece of trash that was left on the mountain can go into the ocean.

  • Some of the sessions at Boot Camp were long. Most were very interesting and I learned a lot. I learned that all the plastic ever created still exists and too much is now broken down into micro plastic. There are 8 trillion tons of plastic in the ocean. My favorite part was visiting the aquarium.

Shelby O’Neil who did the No Straw November campaign in Monterey – was my favorite presenter.

I also learned how to make my pitch better. I made another video with my mom about a local sports shop was inspired by my Snowball of solutions campaign and swapped out plastic for cans and reusable bottles instead of selling drinks in plastic. They use powder for sports drinks. I was asked to speak at the conservation summit in September to a community audience at the college. I’ve always been comfortable speaking in public. I like to be able to use that skill – and my theater and video skills – to inspire others.

Hello world! Snowball of Solutions: The Beginning

Hi I’m Julia and I’m a “powder hound.” What’s a Powder Hound? It’s someone who loves the snow. I love to play in the snow all winter long.

You might wonder – how can a snowball save the sea. Follow my blog to find out.

In the summer I like to play in the ocean. One day I thought the coolest thing. What if the snow I was in all winter went down to the ocean that I was in some of the summer? Is that even possible?

So I got out a map of Oregon and I saw that the lakes and rivers and the ocean were all connected. In my next blog I’ll tell you more about my story!