The first heavy rain of the season occurred in late December flushing out all the trash that had accumulated in the 5,000-mile-long storm drain system. Urban runoff including animal waste and agricultural chemicals, flowed straight into the ocean creating a potentially dangerous situation for avid ocean swimmers and beachgoers. If you were to have walked along the beach that morning you would have seen our beautiful beach littered with plastic bottles, cigarette butts, wrappers, and miscellaneous plastic shards. A reminder not of the beautiful planet we live on but of how dangerous the chemicals we use can be and how close to home we see the effects of plastic pollution. In the past, Team Marine members have gone to the beach during and after the first flush to capture footage and pick up the trash that was brought in. This year our advisor Mr. Kay went to the beach and captured the impact in the photos below.
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A group of Team Marine students, Siri Storstein-Norgaard, Ansel Garcia-Langley, Isabel Homberg Reissmeier, Anastasia Shakhidzhanova, Nikita Bahadur, Jay Cho, Kian Taheri, Lilly Chertock, Catherine Todd, Karina Wisen and Daniel Thurmond, won the Gold Award in the International Bow Seat Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition. Team Marine was given a prize of $5000 from our work on the giant plastic bottle, advocacy in our community and our efforts to educate high school freshmen on environmental issues. Watch our video here. Read more in our press release.
On September 20th, 2019 Team Marine hosted an assembly during 4th-period classes to educate students about the climate crisis. The event was aimed towards getting those who weren’t striking downtown to be involved in combating the effects of climate change. During the assembly, students heard from 6 Team Marine student speakers, Ansel Garcia-Langely, Isabel Homberg-Reissmeier, Daniel Thurmond, Anastasia Shakhidzhanova, Areianaz Eghbali, and Karina Wisen. They also heard speeches from Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis, SMMUSD Sustainability Coordinator Caroline Coster, and a video message from State Senator Ben Allen.
Following the assembly, a Climate Action Fair was held in the Centennial Quad to allow students to get more involved in environmental organizations. The organizations represented were Heal the Bay, Surfrider, Algalita, Sunrise, Treepeople, Friends of the LA River, Team Marine, One Swap at a Time, Climate Action Santa Monica, and Power California.
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On September 5th, four members of Team Marine, Lilly Chertock, Ansel Garcia-Langely, Anastasia Shakhidzhanova, and Isabel Homberg Reissmeier, met with KCRW. They spoke with DnA (Design and Architecture), a show on KCRW, to discuss Greta Thunberg and the climate crisis around the would in general. We are very grateful for this wonderful opportunity to further educate our community on the environment. Listen to the interview here.