Luke, Eben, Justin and Daniel are high school students committed to positive environmental action. They are AP Environmental Science students and active members of the school Sustainability Club. These students are involved in many activities and hold multiple leadership roles between them. Luke, the leader of the group, is involved in many leadership roles in our school, is committed to making the school a better place and has many unique ideas on how to make a difference in the school.
This team of students is passionate about creating awareness among our student body of the issues threatening our oceans today including plastic pollution, oil pollution, over-fishing, ocean acidification and climate change. Because we live in a land-locked state, many students in our school do not understand the impacts facing the ocean life today.
This group plans to enhance two salt water aquariums in our main office and start up another 75-gallon tank as part of their school-wide ocean awareness campaign. Supplies needed include a light that will promote coral growth, filter and skimmer to maintain water quality, heater, pump and testing and cleaning supplies. In addition to starting a new tank , the students will educate other students about ocean awareness through video announcements, school-wide lessons in homeroom and by showing the movie "Chasing Coral". This is part of a class project which is entirely student led.
In Their Own Words
We are trying to bring awareness to all students at our school about the present pollution in our oceans and waterways by building and maintaining three or more salt water aquariums to really show our school what the natural beauty could look like if we are conscious of what we are putting into the water.
By maintaining aquariums, my group will show the school how being mindful of recycling and waste production will inevitable impact our environment. The aquariums will show people the beauty of a healthy environment, and that will trigger other people to start being more careful of their daily choice of their waste management.
This project is important to me because I always want the best for animals. I love taking care of animals and I know that I have done a good job when I see the animals are happy. My aquarium project will provide a new, healthy home for any aquatic life fortunate enough to find themselves in one of these tanks. These aquariums will provide learning experiences for students in the classroom of aquatic biology, where one of the tanks reside, to show them how an ecosystem functions by creating a balance for life to thrive. My project will give the tanks new life and a great ecosystem to observe and for students to see how important the ocean is. My group will expand the tank project to include a school viewing of Chasing Coral - a movie about what is happening to the coral reefs and how we can help.
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