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Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get Better. It's not.  - The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

I love the ocean.  It is a vital part of the world we live in both scientifically and culturally. I will go on a journey of exploration and discovery with the non-profit, Pangaea Explorations (http://www.panexplore.com/) and write an educational children's book about my experience and findings. 

On the Pangaea boat the Sea Dragon, we will travel through the South Pacific to study the affects of plastic pollution, overfishing and toxic waste on marine ecosystems and the societies that depend on them.  With the data, photographs and interviews I gain on this voyage I will write a children’s book. I hope to present this book along with other educational materials to youth to inspire and show what they can do to keep the oceans safe for generations to come.

The voyage with on the Sea Dragon will allow me to live out my passion for exploration and experience first hand what is going on in specific island communities and areas of the ocean. This will prove to be extremely important when I write the book to help fully understand what is happening and how local scientists are addressing these issues.

Your help will allow me to step foot on the boat as well as cover research expenses including pH and CO2 sensors, a trawl used to gather plastic samples and more. To make my dream come true I will need $8,500.  I plan to personally cover the costs of airfare to Rarotonga and home from Hawaii. Your support in this lifelong dream of mine, whether financial or by simply spreading the word to others means the world to me.

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    Pebbles: Just like a beach is made up of many tiny grains of sand, your small donation can help create something much bigger. 2 dollars or more will help send me on my way and get you a personalized and signed postcard as well as shoutout for your support in the book. Every little bit counts!

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    Coral reef: The reef is a vital life source in the ocean- providing food, shelter and a foundation for life. For $10 or more you will receive the same as above plus the final PDF version of the children’s book.

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    Big Tuna: The movers and shakers of the sea! Big Tuna sponsors will receive same as above but with a signed paperback version of the book.

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    Turtle: The wise and wonderful turtle sponsors will receive the same as above as well as a hardcover (hardcover for a hard shell!) version of the book and a short film giving insight on the making of the book, including interviews from the crew, island natives and influencers.

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    Shark: Feisty shark donors will receive everything listed above as well as a beautiful 8x10 print of one of the featured images from the book with a personal thank you note from me.

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    Whale: Humpback or Killer either way you are a leader of the pack! Whales will receive all above as well as a teaching kit, with instructional worksheets; plastic samples and a short lesson plan to accompany the book that can be used for demonstrations about plastics in our oceans.

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    Poseidon: The kingdom is yours! You will receive all of the above as well as a personal visit from me to your organization, where I will give a reading, run a workshop and happily chat with you and about how we can keep our oceans healthy for generations to come. Finally, I will dedicate this book to you for your generous support.

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