Random Act of Kid-ness: LA Kids “Defend the Sea”

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness is a local one. Yesterday was the 19th annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up in Los Angeles, where 5,000 kids came to not only clean up Dockweiler State Beach, but they also created a human mosaic of a shark holding a shield that said “Defend the Sea.”

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The Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up day was the culmination of a year-long program in local schools by the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education. It is one of six in California, sponsored by the California Coastal Commission. Mary Shallenberger, chair of the Commission, said:

“These kids are like modern-day knights in shining armor. They are asking us to join them in defending our ocean from marine debris and other forms of pollution that harm marine life.”

Read more here. Do you know a kid who participated in Kids Ocean Day yesterday? We’d love your stories!

Random Act of Kid-ness: YOUTH!

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes all the way from Indonesia! Two girls named Fara Shabrina Muntu and Farah Amalia started their own nonprofit called YOUTH!, which stands for Young United Through Humanity! From their website:

What’s our cause? A better community. [Whether] its through promoting children’s rights, fighting poverty, raising awareness of the environment, working for gender equality, and or many more. Again, we strive to unite the youths. 

YOUTH!’s first project in May 2011 was called Buku Untuk Mereka, meaning “Books for Them.” During this project,  the girls collected 1,684 books for kids in Kaimana, West Papua (far East of Indonesia). Wow!

As always, if you have suggestions for future random acts, please let us know!

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“Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness – both the ones you have received and the ones you have given – you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter.” -Dawna Markova 

NEW FEATURE: Have You Seen It?!

Here at the Zimmer, it seems like we always have something new and exciting. From time to time, we’ll feature something in the museum that is either brand new or something you just may not have noticed before!

Did you know we have new ocean animals for our Water Ways exhibit? Water is essential to all life on our planet. Our actions can affect the flow of this precious resource and everything that depends on it. Come splash, play and discover!

WARNING: You will get wet!

Random Act of Kid-ness: A Song to Protect the Rainforest

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes from a girl named Ta’Kaiya Blaney of British Columbia. Ta-Kaiya wrote an original song in protest of a plan to build a new trans-Canadian pipeline. This pipeline would cause hundreds of oil supertankers to enter the Great Bear Rainforest each year, which is a big danger for the environment.

“Oil pipelines and tankers will give people jobs, but if there is an oil spill like the [BP spill] in the Gulf of Mexico, that will take other people’s jobs and the wildlife will die.”
-Ta’Kaiya Blaney

Listen to T’Kaiya’s song, and read the rest of her inspirational story about protecting the environment here.