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Los Altos Girl Scouts wage campaign against ocean pollution


Courtesy of Troop 61015
Troop 61015 members gather at Seacliff State Beach. Front row, from left: Megan Apfelberg, Kiran Mahn, Elizabeth Barnett, Vivian Hanna, Marie Godderis, Annelisa Fache, Isabel Berny and Kavya Ramamurthy. Back: Anooshkha Shetty, Sophie Ashley, Valentina Chang, Sarah Rashed, Annie Specker, Olivia Pye, Shreya Kuthiala, Maddie Elkin, Olivia Colace, Arya Sastry, park ranger Christina Chettachini and Kaila Crawford.

Los Altos Junior Girl Scout Troop 61015 focused on ocean pollution for our Bronze Award Project. The Bronze Award is the highest recognition a Junior Girl Scout can earn. We are trying to raise awareness about ocean pollution and how it harms the animals that live in and near the ocean.

During February and March, we cleaned up many beaches, including Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio, Davenport and Seacliff. Over spring break, some of us cleaned up local creeks that lead to San Francisco Bay in addition to the beaches we visited in Hawaii.

We saved and cleaned the trash, and then made sculptures out of the castoffs we collected. We displayed the sculptures at local beaches and asked visitors to pledge to reduce, reuse and recycle their trash to keep it out of the oceans. We made a photo album of the beach visitors and their pledges. Save our Shores, a local nonprofit, grassroots organization, will continue to use our sculptures to educate local communities about ocean pollution.

You can help sea animals by taking your trash home when you leave the beach. When containers overflow, the wind sweeps away the loose trash and it lands in the ocean. The rubbish can make animals sick when they accidentally eat it, or they can get hurt when they get stuck in it and can’t escape.

Another way to help is by picking up any litter laying on the ground. Most importantly, raise awareness with your friends and family. The more people who know how and work to prevent ocean pollution, the less there will be.

Sea animals from around the world are suffering because of the contamination. We hope we can inspire you to do your part to reduce ocean pollution.

Troop 61015 Girl Scouts Isabel Berny Valentina Chang, Marie Godderis, Shreya Kuthiala and Kavya Ramamurthy contributed to this report.

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