I am trying something new and have been making videos while we are all stuck inside and social distancing. Last week, I had to turn in a video for 4-H for a demonstration. I decided to educate others on river cleanups and how our river is suffering! I won first place and am so happy others are learning that plastic, pollution and our rivers matter. Check it out and tell me what you think!
Last weekend was World Water Day and I enjoyed it by the river. These times are crazy and we aren’t getting out but we social distanced because there was very few people outside. Nature is relaxing and gives peace in times of craziness. Our rivers need help and the Tennessee River is one of the most polluted in the world even though it looks beautiful. Did you know 60-70% plastic actually sinks so you don’t see most of what’s polluting our waterways.
Last wet I met with the Mayor off Chattanooga, Andy Berke. We talked about what Chattanooga is going to be more emotionally friendly and sustainable. We also talked about some ideas I had and he sat and listened to everything I had to say and it is great to live in a place where everyone is heard, even kids! I am proud to be a Chattanoogan!
I’m on top of the world because I’ve been awarded my first grant to further my work. Conservation is very important to me, especially for our freshwater! Streams, creeks, and rivers are somewhat overlooked but they need a tremendous amount of work and effort put into them. Not a single thing on this planet can live without water! It’s a vital resource that must be protected and it needs to happen now!
“Treecycling” is the process of recycling your live Christmas tree to ensure that your tree is used to help the environment after the holiday season. Recycling your Christmas tree can be done at home or in your community. These trees were graciously donated to our local autism to be out in exhibit after the needles fall off to give shelter & the occasional hiding spot to a fish and maybe a turtle or 2. What a great way to “treecycle”!!
What did you do with your tree to recycle it or give back to the environment?
Film….. something I was not too familiar with. I have never written, worked with, produced, or directed anything, until now! The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit kicks off with a film festival every year and there’s a competition held among youth to showcase their projects and passions. How can I change the ocean where I live? I live in Tennessee which is a landlocked state so people often think I’m wasting my time. I’m not! The Tennessee river is terribly polluted with microplastic. So I made a film and WON! My very first short film was screened at the film festival and I met so many cool people who work tirelessly to give back to our ocean. Here it is, check it out!
I was so excited to be invited as a guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show! My family took a short trip to Los Angeles and spent Halloween there taping the show and enjoying the city.
While in the show, Chloe Mae (a fellow OceanHero camper) and myself met Jason Momoa and Andre & Alex from 4ocean to talk about our work. I am one of very few kids that focus on rivers bc I live in a landlocked state and 80% of ocean trash starts in land!
Our rivers are often overlooked but very polluted. The Tennessee River where I live, is the most polluted with microplastics than any other river tested in the world.
Thank you Kelly Clarkson for sharing my story and letting me raise my voice!
What are YOU doing for Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful Month?
I wanted Chattanooga to participate in the celebration of October as “Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful Month,” so I requested a proclamation from Mayor Andy Berke.
I picked up the proclamation with Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful Executive Director, Kathleen Gibi , at Chattanooga City Hall! A photo by the Tennessee River was also a must!
Also thanks to Tennessee Valley Authority for partnering with us to start Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful Month!
I was able to go visit the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute (TNACI) and learn about the lake sturgeon efforts they are involved in. Sturgeon all over the world were labeled as “trash fish” but once the value for their eggs, which produce high dollar caviar, was discovered, these fish went neatly extinct. TNACI does amazing work with these fish and release thousands every year back into our waterways. These fish are slow to mature and reproduce so conservation and education is vital to their continued existence.
Standout Youth Category
Ultimately, protecting our river today ensures that it’s beautiful and healthy to be enjoyed for generations to come. With this award category, we seek to recognize either a youth individual or youth group (18 years or younger) taking the matters of their future into their own hands, doing exceptional work to protect the Tennessee River.
I revived this amazing award over the weekend. It was an amazing experience and while I was there, I got to finally meet Chad Pregracke, the founder of Living Lands and Waters. He is my personal hero and I couldn’t be happier!