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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Tybee island, Georgia, USA

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Tybee island, Georgia, USA
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Registered: January 2020
City/Town/Province: Shelburn
Posts: 1
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My entire life I have been a child of nature, I have always loved both being outdoors and the creatures that have resided in it. One of my goals in my life is to make a difference, to make a change. The world as we know it is deteriorating at an extremely fast pace, and each and every one of us must take the initiative and do something. Most do not take this call to action because they believe that one person can not make a change without the help of others. One person who does not use a straw, cleans up trash in their local park, and tries to reduce their trash production can and will make a difference. Because every little action that is made in order to support our environment, is an impactful action.

One of my favorite independent projects I did was when I visited the state of Georgia. Me and my mother frequently visited a quaint place called Tybee Island, it is like a second home to us. The beach was usually clean (as the community take the time out of their day to clean the beach), however jellyfish frequently plagued the shoreline of the beach. Most do not know this, but if a jelly fish is still inflated on the sand, it is still alive. So my full intention was to go out on the beach and take any creature or jellyfish that washed shore and put it back into the ocean.

The jellyfish surprisingly were not frequent our trip, but I did put a couple of sea creatures back into their familiar homes. After combing the beach for possibly an hour or so looking for washed up sea creatures I stumbled upon trash. Of course I picked up it up and continued walking the shoreline. I then encountered more, and then more, and more. In the end I had multiple handfuls of trash (I had no bag) and I continued looking the beach for more to make sure it was safe for both the animals in the ecosystem, but as well as the people. I spent possibly 2-3 hours cleaning up trash on that beautiful little beach, and I did not stop until I did not see anymore.

This encounter made me realize how much I did enjoy helping the environment, and cleaning up our ecosystem. After this incident I lessened my plastic use, I switched to purely wooden beauty products, stopped using straws, recycled more, and educated people on the subject that is pollution and plastic waste.
Date: January 16, 2020 Views: 2555 File size: 20.2kb, 2538.1kb : 2236 x 2568
Hours Volunteered: 3
Volunteers: 1
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 16
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 258.99
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