I've always loved the ocean. In seventh grade, I started volunteering at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. It’s an amazing place right on the water, located in a bay off the Pacific Ocean. More than 35,000 creatures live in the aquarium. Through my work there, I learned that many sea animals eat plastic trash, thinking it’s food. That really upset me.
I decided to do something to educate people about this problem. In 2017, I founded Jr Ocean Guardians as part of my work with the Girl Scouts. We hold presentations at schools to teach kids about plastic waste. We also host beach cleanups, where we collect and get rid of as much trash as we can.
I wanted to reach businesses too. I decided if I learned of a company that used a lot of plastic, I’d send them an email urging them to cut back. What’s the worst that could happen if they don’t respond? I thought.