2018 Bootcamp Champions
- Hometown: Reno, NV
- Age: 10
- School: Double Diamond Elementary
Robbie is a 10 year old boy from Hawaii who recently moved to Reno, NV. He is the founder of a non-profit organization called Kids Speak For Parks which is dedicated to educating kids about the importance of the national parks and monuments.
Robbie would like to convince Hawaiian Airlines to go straw-free and is planning to make a promotional video to educate all of the airline’s passengers on the harms of using plastic straws. He believes that the more that people know about the oceans and the troubles they face, the more people will work to protect it.
In June, Robbie attended the 2018 Ocean Heroes Bootcamp and formed a partnership with Klean Kanteen and Litterati to extend his campaign to eliminate single-use plastics in national parks and marine protected areas. “Our government needs to hear from us, the youngest amongst us, that our national parks are not for sale,” Robbie said about his work. “You can’t get the parks back once they are taken away.”
Since the 2018 Ocean Heroes Bootcamp, Robbie has received the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes and the Action for Nature International Eco Hero Award. He also worked with Patagonia in the Midterm Matters Campaign to make sure everyone voted for politicians that support our environment, and visited with Bipartisan Congressional Offices to advocate for the Every Kids Outdoors Act. Recently, Robbie met with the President of his School Board, and is scheduled to meet with the entire School Board on December 11th to pass a Climate Change Resolution for Washoe County School District, and speak about banning single-use plastic in his school district.