In Santa Monica, Teens Tackle Environmental Causes with Creativity In Santa Monica, Teens Tackle Environmental Causes with Creativity
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In Santa Monica, Teens Tackle Environmental Causes with Creativity

by Carren Jao

June 26, 2011

Team Marine isn't just a club, it's a way of life. Many of these teens have taken their causes home. Jessica Thorson is team captain and a graduating senior. Next year, she's off to the University of Oregon where she plans to major in Environmental Studies. With the help of her parents, she started a recycling program in her 15-unit apartment complex. She's also convinced many of her relatives to start using re-usable bottles and bags. Say Thorson, "This is happening. This is our world. It's going to go on whether we do something about it or ignore it. I’d rather make a change."

According to Kay, the secret to Team Marine's success is really the students' enthusiasm. "That inspires others and that attracts others to want to work with us," he says. "We're all about the cause." Volunteer to be a part of big Team Marine events by signing up for their listserv. Email Benjamin Kay bkay[at]smmusd[dot]org

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Top photo: A boat made of plastic bottles by Holly Gray

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