“I need the ocean because the ocean gives us life,” a second grader at Brighton School proudly announced. This Brighton student understood the big picture, the ocean gives us life and we need to protect it. We need to #LoveOurOcean because it provides us with oxygen, water, food, transportation, information, energy, and fun. The students at Brighton shared with us all these reasons we need the ocean. They are true ocean lovers and committed to sharing the message with others. Click here to visit the schools website.
Last week we learned by 2050 the ocean will hold more plastic than fish. MORE PLASTIC THAN FISH. This is absolutely outrageous and to think plastic comes from people, people need to be the solution. The protein from the sea feeds 3 billion people on our planet, out of 7 billion total. A decrease in fish not only has catastrophic damage on the food chain, it alters life all together in our ocean. What happens on land impacts our ocean. Our ocean feeds us, provides water, oxygen, transportation, recreation, medicine and so much more. Polluting our ocean is the same as polluting us.
Students and people need to join together to take a stand against plastic. Something major needs to change, but first everyone needs to realize what is going on. There is a disconnect within people between our actions, the affects they have on our ocean, and our interconnections to the sea. Plastic is toxic to our ocean. Humans are responsible for plastic ending up in the ocean. We want to empower students they can make a difference and raise their voices to share this with others.
We need to rethink our relationship with plastic, refuse single use plastic #RefuseSUP, and raise our voices. Students shared with us ways they are going to refuse single use plastic. Ruthie, one of our favorite Beach Campers and Brighton students had heard of single use plastic from coming to camp over the summer.
"I no longer use plastic bags," Ruthie shared.
Bianca decided she is going to skip all straws. Other Brighton School students committed to not using single use plastic drink bottles.
The middle school science teacher, Ms. Ashenburg, absolutely loved the Our Ocean & YOU presentation. She was practically jumping out of her seat with excitement during the presentation. The faculty and staff, including the assistant principal Russ Noble, plan on creating cross curricular ways to implement our ocean and rethinking our relationship with plastic. We plan to work with Brighton School as they develop more ways to raise awareness about this important ocean issue. We feel ocean education and understanding our the interconnections are vital to the health of our planet.
Annie gifted the library an entire set of her products. Special thanks to our sponsors for making this campaign possible Beach Camp at Sunset Bay, Samuelson Communications, Studio Fun International, Millbrook Press, Dive Into Your Imagination, Ocean Annie, Underwater Sports, Boxlight, and Light & Motion.