Ocean Pollution First Hand

We’ve all read about or seen videos and photos of marine animals suffering the effects of pollution and global warming. We recently experienced something that brought it home in a way none of us had experienced before. It happened during sunset, after the day Luke collaborated with the Wilderness Nature Project in Santa Barbara and organized a day trip to the beach for a group of sixteen 4th graders to help with a beach clean up. We had finished surfing and were doing our normal end-of-the-day trash patrol, when there, not ten feet away, was a baby seal staring at us….with fishing line wrapped around his neck and a huge net dragging behind him as he crawled along on the sand. The plastic line had cut into his body and cuts covered his body where the constant pull of the ropes against him had created large swaths of broken skin. The blood shone through his dark fur. His big brown eyes looked innocent and wise at the same time. “How can you humans do this to us?” he seemed to be asking. Though you are not normally supposed to interact with sea life, we knew that with the sun setting, our phone calls to animal rescue would go unanswered until the next day. And the next day would be too late for this little guy. We knew he did not stand a chance if we just left him alone. My aunt, Nicole MacNaughton, was able to get ahold of a friend who is a naturalist and she suggested that if possible, we gently cover the head of the seal...

Thank You Patagonia

In fifth grade I did a report on the Four Corners – a region of the United States consisting of the southwestern corner of Colorado, southeastern corner of Utah, northeastern corner of Arizona, and northwestern corner of New Mexico. I haven’t been there yet but I hope to go one day and I was thankful that President Obama designated 1.35 million acres of the area as the Bears Ears National Monument. Many companies that wanted to start drilling and exploiting the environment there for their businesses were very mad. The Governor of Utah recently asked Trump to reverse Obama’s proclamation. Patagonia President and CEO, Rose Marcario, said, “Because of the hostile environment they have created and the blatant disregard for the Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands, the backbone of our business, Patagonia will no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah.  We are confident that other outdoor retailers and manufacturers will join us in moving to a state that values our industry and promotes public lands conservation.” Lots of other companies joined in the protest and the Outdoor Retailer Show pulled out of Utah so my cousins and I made this video to thank...

One Straw At a Time

My friend Maddy had a great idea: get restaurants to stop using plastic straws. She and her friends went all over the town of San Anselmo and convinced restaurateurs to #makeadifference and #reduceplastic. Super cool! Read more here. Imagine what would happen if you did this in your town too? Try it and tell us what...