Six islands, 750 miles, one cause

Six islands, 750 miles, one cause

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "I'm a little beat up, but in a good way. I'm a little tired."

You'll forgive Lindy Shapiro's fatigue. She's currently in an approximate 750 mile trek across 6 of the islands by foot and bike.

"I did the Big Island, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu. I have Kauai, and my home island of Maui left" she said.

She's embarking on this adventure in the name of conservation, and education. Lindy's initiative, "Bottles 4 Change" seeks to reduce the amount of marine debris by empowering children.

"Instead of buying the plastic bottles, kids are encouraged to take all the money they save from avoiding their purchases, put it into their bottle for change, it grows a change fund" said Shapiro.

Lindy will visit a total of 20 schools by the time she finishes her journey on the 17th. The money saved by each kid will then go back into the community through continued outreach programming and environmental education.

"The issue of marine debris, the issue of the impact that's having on our oceans, it's only going to get bigger unless we start to pay attention and create change" she noted.

In really looking at the bottles for change initiative, it's tough to say which is the primary beneficiary: the environment, or the keiki.

"We want our kids to realize within them is the power to be a leader and to change the world".

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