If you think your ten-year old child is too young to make a difference, take a look at Alexa from Oceans4Ever. This budding writer and tiny conservationist has taken her passion – ocean life – and turned it into a means for educating children and adults about marine life, protecting the oceans, and keeping sea animals safe.
Alexa started the blog Oceans4Ever to raise interest about the importance of taking care of the ocean. She did so after her mother Cindy, a national magazine journalist, sparked the idea in Alexa’s mind.
“She had been holding the idea back for a while, then when she told me
about it, I thought it was a great idea,” says Alexa. “I wanted and want kids,
parents, teachers and everyone of all ages to get absorbed in the ocean
through this blog, and also want to protect the ocean.”
Alexa blogs about issues pertaining to the sea. Recent posts include an interview with Fabien Cousteau, interesting sea animals, and the tragic oil spill that continues to devastate our waters.
What does Alexa think about the spill?
“I wonder how something like this can happen so suddenly – such a
terrible thing. I feel there could have been more done to stop it before
it happened. And they have not done enough, soon enough, to help at
all. I now wish there was no such date as April 20th, 2010.”
In fact, she feels so strongly about the oil disaster that she turned to business owner Melissa Wisen of Borsa Bella Designs with an idea: Create an ocean-themed wristlet that could be sold to raise money for rebuilding the habitats and for the continued care going forward for the future of Gulf bird species who are gravely threatened as a result of the disaster.
Alexa had previously purchased a few of Borsa Bella bags and thought about working with Melissa to create ocean-themed wristlets; but when the oil spill hit, she realized how she could use her bags to help. “We chose the IBRRC (International Bird Rescue Research Center) as our charity because we love
pelicans, egrets, cranes and herons – really, all seabirds.”
This young entrepreneur’s idea turned into the Borsa Bella Oceans4Ever Wristlet Collection. Borsa Bella donates $4.50 from each purchase to the IBRRC, which is in charge of capturing and cleaning
birds covered in oil from the spill.
In addition, Alexa has paired up the delicious National Sugar Cookie Day with helping sea animals to create the Great Bake for Ocean’s Sake event on July 9th. Across the country families will bake sugar cookies and sell them in an effort to support the marine life being affected by the oil spill. Proceeds will go to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies.
Behind every phenomenal child who makes a difference is, of course, a dedicated parent. Cindy says of her daughter Alexa’s drive and determination to help marine life, “This whole endeavor has been so organic, because she truly is passionate about ocean life and needs no prompting or incentives to stay active in her interest area. I help by teaching her modes of communication – and marketing – in the adult world, but she has a very strong grasp of communication mechanisms already.”