A coalition led by the Bezos Family Foundation and #StudentsRebuild recently announced the launch of an #OceanChallenge for students across the globe. This #OceanChallenge features a couple of 4-minute documentaries of two kids (including me) along with a very well-thought-out curriculum for teachers to follow to get the next generation to care about our oceans (even if they live far from the ocean). If you are a student or parent, ask your school principal or teachers if they'd like to follow the curriculum and teach the students about the environment and ocean health. I’d love for teachers to use this in their teaching to improve our oceans!
The curriculum can be found here: https://www.studentsrebuild.org/ocean-resources
And one of the two short documentaries - the one featuring me - is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=0PGIrnnjWQ8
Also, as part of this program, for every artwork about the ocean that is created and sent to the Bezos Family Foundation in Seattle, $2 will be donated to ocean conservation organizations and communities (up to the value of $500,000).
Georgia has the opportunity to protect animals by passing a bill spearheaded by Hannah4Change along with Senator Nan Orrock (D) that will restrict the sale of products and parts of elephants, rhinos, sharks, sea turtles and other imperiled species and ensure that Georgians do not unwittingly contribute to the illegal wildlife trade. While many of these species reside in countries or oceans thousands of miles away, Georgia can still ensure that it is not supporting the poaching and trafficking that threaten these at-risk species. The U.S. is a major contributor to the $20 billion illegal wildlife trade worldwide that pushes many iconic animals to the brink of extinction while increasing global instability. To get involved, contact your local representative in Georgia to show your support for this draft bill. For more specifics, such as the bill number and the exact language of the bill, email us at email@example.com.
If you are looking for a way to get involved (and make a big impact), I'd love it if you'd start your own Plastic Pollution Awareness Day in your home state. Over time, I'd like to see every state have its own Plastic Pollution Awareness Day on February 15th. I will give you the materials you need so you don't have to reinvent the wheel, and you can always contact me for additional advice.
Here are templates you can use if needed:
Draft message to communicate to your political representatives
Draft Resolution that you and your political representatives can modify
Draft press release you can alter to get the word out about the big event
Have you heard this saying before? Now, more than ever, citizens need to speak up and take action. I am sure you have said to yourself, "Gosh, I wish I could do something about that" or "I wish something could be done about that". Well, you can! As my 3rd grade teacher always said, "If you dream big and work hard, anything is possible". Don't let anything stop you from speaking up! In fact, if you want to get involved and try something that is easy to do, follow me on Facebook and Twitter and share/retweet any content that you feel strongly about. That way, more and more people will become aware of the issues around us that are affecting our planet. That's probably the easiest way to get involved that I know of!
We created a traveling quilt - #quiltagainstplastic - with space for approximately 580 pledges from people who want to reduce their plastic footprint. This quilt is over 6'x8' and was showcased at the State Capitol Building on February 15 and other locations across the state and country. We are looking for people to create a pledge, along with their name and city/state, to fill up the quilt. Be a part of this journey by making your pledge in the comment section below or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org 🌎