Eat for Change

July 10, 2019 @ 5:30PM — 9:00PM

Fundraiser for the Pesticide-Free School Project

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EAT FOR CHANGE!

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.

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YOUR DONATION WILL SUPPORT THE TRANSFORMATION OF TWO LOCAL SCHOOLS FROM PESTICIDE AND CHEMICAL-BASED INTO 100% ORGANICALLY LANDSCAPED, an Encampment for Citizenship (EFC) service learning project.

TICKET INCLUDES ONE SPAGHETTI DINNER TAKE-OUT OR STAY-IN AND ONE NON-ALCHOHOLIC BEVERAGE.

CAN’T ATTEND? CONSIDER PURCHASING A TICKET TO HELP COVER THE COST OF DINNER FOR THE 43 ENCAMPMENT STUDENTS AND STAFF.

Why Pesticide-Free Schools

Two public schools on the Oxnard Plain, will be the first schools in the greater Oxnard area to become 100 % organically-landscaped schools. School grounds in the region are treated with petroleum-based fertilizers to keep the grass green and Round-Up Ready (Glyphosate) to kill weeds. School chemical-based landscaping is reflective of the countywide landscape practice for schools, parks, and medians. The pollution levels in Oxnard are amongst the highest in the State of California.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Round-Up Ready, was concluded to “probably cause cancer in humans” in the 2015 International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO). Yet the chemical is widely used on school playgrounds, parks, home landscapes and crops. An organic landscaped playground will:

  • Be healthier for kids,
  • Help recharge underground water storage by drawing the water downward instead of contributing to runoff of chemically treated land,
  • Reduce the water footprint by requiring less irrigation as organic soils NOT treated with chemicals can absorb and hold water up to 1,000 times more.
  • Healthy soil can sequester carbon, a main contributor of Green House Gas (GHG).

What is The Encampment for Citizenship?

The mission of Encampment for Citizenship (EFC) is to educate, support, and inspire young people to engage in lifelong social justice activism through transformative learning experiences. Since the EFC's inception in 1946, the organization has provided youth ages 15-18 from around the nation a compelling experience in democratic living during a summer program, with emphasis on critical thinking and social action. This year's EFC summer camp is located on the California State University Channel Islands campus. The Pesticide-Free School Project is just one of the many community-based service learning experiences of the 2019 Encampment.