This Earth Week, there are still so many groups impacted by the pandemic, including our students and teachers. Schools across the country (and around the world) have adjusted to hybrid schedules and taken actions like shutting down water fountains to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students from pre-k to college are having to learn in socially-distanced, solitary environments, teachers are adjusting curriculums to meet Zoom needs and administrators are making tough decisions about investments in sustainability and programming.
Even so, there is joy around us, there is hope within us and there are people continuing to push ahead for our planet and communities. S’well set out to meet just a few of the young people moving us toward a brighter future with the film — Curious by Nature.
CURIOUS BY NATURE
With the help of filmmaker Alicia Carter, Curious by Nature takes us on the journey of four students as they compete in the 2021 North Carolina State Science and Engineering Fair during Covid-19. Along the way, we experience firsthand the power of today’s youth to drive meaningful change for the planet and to uplift communities through their curiosity for change. Watch to get inspired!
START A DISCUSSION
Watch the film and use this Curious by Nature Discussion Thought Starter to jumpstart a conversation with family and friends about the way science and purposeful content empower advocacy today.
MEET THE STUDENTS
LEARN MORE about students taking action for the planet and their communities.
EARTH WEEK FACTS
- A study published in 2019 found the 20,000 participants were significantly more likely to report good health and well-being when they spent 120 minutes or more in nature a week. (Nature’s Scientific Reports)
- 9 billion tons of plastic have been produced since the 1950s (Science Advances)
- More than 480 billion plastic bottles were sold in 2016 across the world. This is expected to increase to 583.3 billion this year. (The Guardian – Euromonitor)
- 8 million tons of plastic enter the water from land each year. (National Geographic)
- By 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
- 50 billion plastic water bottles were used in 2015 in the U.S.* (New York Times – Euromonitor)
*One person can displace 167 bottles a year.
Our most heartfelt thanks go to Alicia Carter for her inspiring work on this film and to the many students, teachers and administrators who shared their love of science with us along the way. We also want to thank Unicef USA and Lonely Whale for their support in sharing this film with the world.
Watch, share and join the conversation by using hashtag #CuriousByNature!