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Carlsbad Sisters Take On Plastic Predators

Their non-profit organization is spreading the word about plastic pollution in the ocean.

If you're hitting the beach this summer, two Carlsbad sisters are hoping you'll be kind to the ocean.  Kimberly and Megan Chang-Haines are on a mission to share some haunting statistics.  According to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 100,000 marine mammals die from trash-related deaths every year.
 
Seventeen-year-old Kimberly and 15-year-old Megan founded a nonprofit organization, New Ocean Blue, to help educate the younger generations about plastic pollution.  The girls are students at  and travel to other schools to spread their important message.

"The oceans are so plentiful," Kimberly said. "Having one right in our backyard, so close, gives us a reason to care."

NOAA said 80 percent of trash in the ocean comes from land and the remaining portion from boats, with plastic being one of the most dangerous predators.

The sisters created New Ocean Blue the summer after Kimberly's freshman year and Megan's seventh grade year.  That's when they came across disturbing facts regarding plastic pollution.  The girls decided to take a unique approach and reach out to youth.

"It's definitely easier to change the mindset of a kid, versus an adult," Megan said. "Even if you're not littering, simply using plastic bags still has a big effect when it comes to the ocean and its ecosystem."

Tapple July 10, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Great story; the Ocean is the pride of Carlsbad and we should do all we can to protect Her.
Audrey Blue July 10, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something ! Good job girls ! Let's keep our ocean clean.
Paloma July 10, 2012 at 08:49 PM
These girls are awesome! New Ocean Blue and WiLDCOAST collaborated last summer for a Tijuana River Valley cleanup which yielded approximately 3 TONS of trash. Most of the waste were plastics and styrofoam. It is very inspiring to see people this young so determined and motivated to conserve our most precious natural resources! Here is a summary of the event: http://bit.ly/OY0VvV
Heather Zevely July 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I am very impressed with all that Kimberly and Megan have accomplished. We are thrilled to be able to feature them on Carlsbad Patch. Keep up the great work!
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