Dillan initially became interested in the topic of "Overfishing" during research for his science class assignment and "Cool Globe" project, which he presented at the Pegasus International Earth Day Celebration on March 22. After writing a persuasive essay in his English class about overfishing, he submitted a copy of his paper to Sara Popescu Slavikova, co-founder of Greentumble.com, in hopes to bring further awareness, and an end, to overfishing.
"Overfishing is hurting the food webs, coastal communities, the environment, and more. If the problem is not fixed fast then many people will suffer and so will all of the ocean," says Dillan.
Slavikova was intrigued with Dillan's compelling paper and posted it on Greentumble.com
. "I like the message of your article and totally agree with your stance," says Slavikova. "It makes me very happy to see that you have used many of our articles in your references and that the information has been useful to you."
As part of the sixth-grade science curriculum, students in Mrs. Kunze-Thibeau's science class selected an environmental issue to research. Topics such as ozone layer depletion, dead zones, deforestation, global warming, plastic pollution, genetic modification and more were investigated thoroughly by students. After a few months of research, the young environmentalists developed a PowerPoint presentation and worked in teams to create a unique "Cool Globe" that represented their theme. They then shared their findings and solutions with the entire Pegasus Community during The Pegasus International Earth Day Celebration.
Following Earth Day, sixth graders were assigned to write a persuasive essay based upon their research on their selected environmental topic. In addition, they were encouraged by their current English teacher, Ms. Nicole Lewis
, to submit their essays to an individual who would be able to implement their proposed solutions or to help spread awareness about the environmental concern. Students sent emails and snail mail to the World Wildlife Fund, Exxon Mobile, the USDA, the L.A. Times, Voices of OC, government representatives at the local, state, and federal level, and more.
The sixth graders have gone through the process of becoming environmental researchers, public speakers, persuasive writers, and advocates. Information matters, words are important, and at Pegasus, students can learn to raise their voice and advocate for their beliefs.