LRHS Marine Conservation Club members Sara Hutchinson and Maya Lander turn trash into treasure.
Presley Long – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Tuesday, Dec. 3 the Marine Conservation Club (MCC) had a club meeting after school.
At the meeting, members created art out of plastic water bottles and fishing line, both harmful to the ocean and the animals that live there.
The “trash art” is hung up in room 411 to raise awareness of what happens to the ocean when people throw trash in it and the negative effect it has.
“The art helps show how plastic can look like food for animals and how if they digest it, it could kill them,” said MCC historian sophomore Ally Adamo.
Adamo added, “Making the plastic structures helps show that we shouldn’t leave trash in the ocean since it could kill off vital organisms.”
The purpose of the MCC is to teach students about the dangers of water pollution and how you can help clean the oceans.
This meeting was the last one for 2019, but 2020 is already looking busy as the club has a beach cleanup scheduled early in the year.
The cleanups give students an opportunity to clean up marine environments and see for themselves the impact littering has on the earth.
“Beach cleanups are really fun to do. We found and picked up so much trash and it felt really good to help the environment,” said sophomore Abby Yow, who attended the first beach cleanup earlier this year.