EAST WENATCHEE — Sixteen-year-old Jenyfer Morales had never seen Styrofoam before Monday. She looked it up and down, poked it with a pencil and passed it around to her fellow Ecuadorian natives.
The Eastmont students sitting across from them had just finished explaining how the school district plans to replace their Styrofoam lunch trays with a recyclable product next year.
"What's Styrofoam?" the South American students asked.
Consumerism and waste is just beginning to reach parts of Ecuador, 18-year-old Santiago Haro explained through an interpreter.
Haro and the other 10 student activists have been working within their communities to build healthy economies while protecting the environment and their culture.
On the other side of the forum, Eastmont students are working on a few sustainability projects of their own.