SEA Currents: News
June 17, 2019
High School program alumna raises plastic pollution awareness
A great experience at SEASCape: SEA Science on the Cape, SEA’s high school summer program in Woods Hole, inspired one recent alumna to share what she learned about plastic pollution in the ocean, and in doing so, to give back to SEA!
Kaleigh Spencer, a student at Northwestern Regional High School in Winchester, CT, attended SEASCape in the summer of 2018. Upon her return to school in the fall, her history teacher assigned a community service project.
Kaleigh chose to focus on ocean plastics, a topic she had studied at SEA. She decided to make bags to sell at farmers’ markets and through her extended family. The bags would do two things: replace the use of plastic bags, and raise awareness of the problem of plastic pollution.
“I chose to focus on plastic debris for this project because humans are causing the problem and humans can solve it. Plastic debris in the ocean destroys entire ecosystems, yet we continue to use unnecessary plastic and litter without even realizing the impact of our actions,” explained Kaleigh.
As a result of her project, Kaleigh raised $400 which she is donating to SEA. She said she hopes the money will be used to help another student have the same SEASCape experience she did.
"I will be eternally grateful to SEA for providing such an amazing experience for me last summer and feel that this is the best way I can give back. This money will allow someone else to learn the same things I did at SEA and will hopefully inspire them to spread awareness in their own community and help save our oceans," she said.
Thank you Kaleigh!