Even at their young age, students in Michael Terwilliger’s fifth grade class are experts in plastic pollution prevention. The Northern California students are on a mission to educate their community about marine debris and the benefits of recycling products, having already participated in the National Marine Sanctuaries Ocean Guardian program. One inspirational 10 year old, Grace McCaull, co-authored an essay along with her teacher to give members of her community and others tips to help them drastically reduce plastic pollution in their daily lives.
McCaull, along with her classmates at Kenwood School, received a $4,000 grant that they used for community education, as well as a recent $3,800 grant, which will be used to explore the benefits of native plant gardens on the environment.
In her incredible article, McCaull outlines the marine life that is affected by plastic pollution, including sea turtles, whales, birds, fish and seals. Aside from becoming entangled in plastic debris, animals can also confuse plastic bags or fragments as food, which could lead to death if ingested.
The article also makes a plea to fellow classmates and the community to cut down on single- use plastics, targeting school lunches as a starting point. If each student used reusable items like lunchboxes and thermoses, she says, plastic debris would be drastically reduced. And to further bolster their campaign against throwaway plastics, the class also started selling reusable plastic items to parents and classmates, and passed out 550 reusable shopping bags to local supermarkets. If these fifth graders can do their part, the rest of us better clean up our act as well!
Via Tech Page One