A sunny Sunday is a perfect day to spread awareness of plastic pollution, and that is exactly what we did Sunday, October 19, 2014. We walked up and down Main Street and went to the Farmers Market to pass out flyers announcing that we are screening the premiere of Plastic Paradise by Reef Check.The free movie is going to be presented at Santa Monica High School on October 27, 2014 at 6:30. Team Marine is inviting anyone and everyone to come to this great learning experience about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We want people to see the negative impact plastic has on the environment. The state of CA has already taken a step to reduce plastic pollution by passing the Plastic Bag Ban, but we all need to continueing taking these steps and educating ourselves by watching Plastic Paradise is already one.
On Friday October 17, the S107 classroom became a movie theatre of the Team’s past. The whole room was filled with students from marine bio, APES and of course every member of the team. We got to witness the evolution of Team Marine, from the “guinea pigs” to the dream teams, through the videos they were showcased in or ones that they created themselves. In watching these videos we felt inspired, and learned from our predecessors. We are proud to say that we are a part of such an accomplished team and the title that they have earned is now one that we must live up to. We thank everyone who came to this event and helped us eco-activate and educate ourselves so that we may eco-educate others.
At the start of every year, team members host a special meeting/ potluck dinner where our parents can come and watch a presentation. On October 17th, 2014 we held our parent meeting and do this mainly so they can understand how vigorous and time consuming being a member is, but also learn what we have done and what we will do in the new year. In watching the presentation, we hope that our parents will feel inspired by us. This meeting is pivotal in the success of the team because although we are environmental activists, we are students and their family members first. With the support and consent of our parents going to events is much easier. We love it when our parents get envolved and parent support is extremely important. All the members would like to thank our parents, and let them know that they are the most important members on the team, always stepping up when we need them. Thank you Team Marine parents!
Team Marine on October 16, 2014 received a commendation from the Board of Education. We got this honor because of the hard work we put forth for the last eight years regarding the state wide plastic bag ban, which recently passed. Three of our best speakers took the podium and went through a short powerpoint highlighting what service learning, research, and artwork we have accomplished in support of the statewide plastic bag ban. After viewing this, we hope that they take into consideration the three ideas that we gave them to improve the district in a sustainable way. The first idea we would like to see implemented is a sustainability committee that includes all stake holders: parents, teachers and students. Secondly, to adopt “environmental literacy ” in our mission statement so that all students graduating from SMMUSD be environmentally literate. Finally, to increase environmental education opportunities for both students and teachers. We are deeply thankful that the board thought of us, and recognized us, and we hope to see the district become more sustainable, together.
On Saturday September 14, 2014, a couple of our members and marine bio/AP Environmental students attended the Green Festival at the Convention Center in Downtown, Los Angeles. Team Marine was present on the third day, and were able to experience the green energy that flowed from every booth. We were introduced to new healthy food and drinks, and discovered many new foundations and reconnect with groups such as Tree People. We learned about the L.A Beyond Coal Campaign that is sponsored by the Sierra Club, which is a campaign pushing for Los Angeles to stop the use of coal and start using renewable and more affordable energy. We got to see Anna Cummings give a presentation representing 5 Gyres ( and her cute little girl) as well as Angela Sun promoting promoting the new movie Plastic Paradise. The festival brought awareness towards the environment and it’s problems, but also provided a variety of solutions to improve the world and to reduce humans ecological footprint. We hope to attend many more festivals like this is the future!
If you haven’t heard already, we have just had a HUGE environmental win on August 29th, 2014 with Senate Bill 270. After eight long hardworking years of Team Marine student involvement, both the California Senate and Assembly have passed a STATE plastic bag ban with a speedy signature from Gov. Jerry Brown expected to follow. We aided efforts with award winning scientific research; testified numerous times in city halls across the county; marched six times through city streets; created multiple PSA videos and documented six years of storm drain runoff (first flush); We also did eco-artwork; lobbied
Not to mention we leveraged every kind of multimedia including (but not limited to) TV, newspapers, magazines, blo
Special thanks to the entire Clean Seas Coalition, Leslie Tamminen, and all who contributed to this multi-year effort. Here’s to progress and youth making a difference!
Check out what Team Marine did to help make this possible below: