Readers & Writers fair

I was able to share my work with people at the Chattanooga Readers & Writers fair. There were authors that ranged from 9-98! I was the youngest but it was so cool to see how many different people and works were present. My book “One Small Piece” tells a little about my story and how our rivers need help. You can check it out on Amazon.

Tennessee Recycling Coalition

I was invited to share a little about my story and why I feel recycling is so important. It was a great experience and I was able to meet some of the coolest people who are on the front lines of innovative ideas when it comes to recycling all kinds of materials! I got an award for my efforts and it’s the coolest one yet. It’s made from recycled plastic and it’s amazing! Thank you to TRC for having me.

🦈Shark Week🦈

Humans NEED sharks, and sharks need humans, but they only need humans to care about them and keep them safe. Humans kill over 11,000 sharks EVERY HOUR!! That’s more than 100 million sharks a year. These numbers are not sustainable. Sharks are killed for their fins, their liver oil, or just for trophy or “sport” and sometimes out of fear. There are over 500 species of shark and less than 10% are considered dangerous to humans. Truth be told, no sharks bits humans for food, it’s usually a test bite because they are curious and humans are in their habitat. Hey don’t know what we are and are trying to learn why we are there. Are we a threat? Are we good? They aren’t sure so it’s not usually on purpose. Humans, however, kill sharks on purpose and for no good reason. Eating shark fin or shark meat is actually not good for us. It’s high in mercury and other chemicals that are harmful for humans to consume. We need to instead, see their beauty and wonder. We need to know sharks keep our oceans healthy. They pick off sick and injured fish. They eat turtles and seals, depending on the species.

The Open

I love playing golf with my dad and little brother. I was thrilled to hear The Open ditched single use plastic bottles this year and went reusable for players and spectators! It’s so great that so many venues and big events are raising awareness for such an important issue! Thank you Tom Watson for speaking up and speaking out for our oceans, environment, nature and wildlife. Let’s all #hydrate like a golfer.

Sea turtles!

Meet Oscar! He had a unfortunate encounter with a boat and is now teaching others about sea turtles as he is now unreleasable. Green Sea Turtles are an endangered species. They are poached for their skin and their eggs. They also often get caught in drift/ghost nets and drown. I love turtles and had a great time hanging out with Oscar!

Plastic Free July

I was accepted to go to OceanHeores Boot amp in Vancouver, BC and learn all about plastic pollution and what we can do to help save our planet. I met some of the most amazing friends that I know I will have for a lifetime now and I can’t wait until next year! July 1st kicks off Plastic Free July and I am so excited to spread the word and do all I can to help our oceans and rivers from suffocating from this unnecessary excess plastic. Please join me and try to reduce your plastic use for 1 month. Start with something simple like straws, cups or water bottles. It’s so important and once it’s a habit, you won’t think twice about not using it if you don’t absolutely need it! I know some people NEED plastic straws and that’s ok but the majority of people don’t, it’s become a habit and just natural to use a straw or a water bottle but is choking out Earth natural? The answer is no, we need this planet and we need it healthy.

Monthly river cleanup

Every month, I try to organize a monthly river cleanup at different areas of the Tennessee River. The Tennessee River is one of the most polluted in the world with microplastics. Every time my family goes out to clean, we find HUNDREDS of water bottles! Every single time! We also find a huge amount of cigarette butts. These are a big problem because the filters are actually made from plastics fibers and get discarded into the street, creeks, roadways, lawns, pretty much everywhere and the average American doesn’t consider this litter. Please, don’t throw these out! Also balloons! They are a problem because my only can animals eat them but the strings that are usually attached to them can entangle animals like birds, turtles, and even get caught around fish and other aquatic animals.

History for Sharks

It is official! Canada has just become the first country to pass #finfree legislation banning the import and export of shark fins.
Rob Stewart dreamed of a fin free Canada and began a movement across the country in 2011. Canada imports nearly 170,000kg of shark fin a year – making it one of the largest importers of shark fin outside of China.
Today, history has been set, and a chain of events into motion that we hope leads to a worldwide ban. We salute Rob’s parents, Sandy and Brian, for tirelessly working to fulfill his vision, and join them in thanking the Canadian Parliament for taking this important step to save sharks and protect ocean ecosystems.

Check out more about Rob Stewart, his dreams and legacy, and if you haven’t seen it yet, go watch Sharkwater & Sharkwater Extinction! Go now, RUN! It’s an eye opener for sure!

World Sea Turtle Day

🎉🐢Happy World Sea Turtle Day & Happy Fathers Day. 🐢🎉

Did you know female sea turtles can lay up to 180 eggs in each clutch? That means dad sea turtles can have A LOT of babies. It’s thought sea turtles can live up to 50 years or more but most are endangered due to human activity such as accidental capture by fishing gear, they are also killed for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, and poaching. Climate change also impacts sea turtle nesting beaches and eggs. These are amazing creatures and deserve to be protected and cared for.

It all adds up

I was invited to speak to elementary school children about conservation, saving our oceans, and rivers. His turned into an awesome conversation about sharks, coral reefs and climate change. Kids can make a difference, we are the ones inheriting his earth and need to learn to take care of it because other generations have failed.