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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California, USA

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Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California, USA
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Registered: December 2020
City/Town/Province: Salinas
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Saturday mornings, on the second floor of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, just before the jellyfish exhibit, is where you can find me wearing a navy blue vest with a pin attached that reads, "Ask Me About Climate Change." Here, I serve as a volunteer guide for aquarium guests, interpreting marine life exhibits while implementing ocean conservation and sustainability themes into casual discussions. I push to ensure the aquarium's mission of inspiring ocean conservation is put into action by building connections with young and old alike over a shared admiration for our vast earth.

My work as a Teen Conservation Leader at the Monterey Bay Aquarium began in the 10th grade. After obtaining ample amounts of marine biology knowledge and communication strategies, I was ready and eager to venture onto the aquarium floor and engage with visitors to foster understanding, hope, and a capacity for environmental action. My conversations vary from discussing legislature and environmental dilemmas with mature audiences to igniting excitement for sustainability with children through playful interactions and references to Nemo and Dory.

I utilize my position to connect the issue of plastic pollution to green sea turtles and inform people of the threatening similarity between a floating white plastic bag and a sea turtle's favorite snack, Aurelia labiata, or better known as moon jellies. Undertaking the myriad of environmental issues in our world today, including ocean acidification, urban sprawl, and global climate change, can be illustrated as daunting prospects; however, connecting complex topics to marine life can make these issues more understandable and digestible to the mass public.

With education expansion, communities can adopt sustainable practices to benefit the ocean and our ecological world. Over the past three years, the TCL program has fostered and validated my desire to be a leader for environmental awareness and has helped me form a more profound understanding of others' views through my studies. Though I may not always be wearing my navy blue uniform vest, I continue to be a sustainability spokesperson any day of the week and proudly advocate for the aquarium's mission of pioneering sustainable solutions for our environment.
Date: December 19, 2020 Views: 3417 File size: 19.6kb, 3672.2kb : 3456 x 2304
Hours Volunteered: 124
Volunteers: 1
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17
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