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These Kids Are Taking Their Fabulous Fight Against Ocean Pollution to the UN

These children are giving us all hope for a healthy sea future.

They say that children are our future, and that's never been more true than when you look at what these kids in Vienna are doing for the ocean.

Twelve-year-old students from art and biology teacher Peder Hill's class have taken it upon themselves to educate the masses about the importance of protecting our seas from damaging plastic pollution.

Seeing them in action is so inspiring.

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According to founder Hill's website Kids Save Ocean, his students started their advocacy work with an art project.

They created a whale out of trash — like plastic bottles — to emphasize the dangers of plastic in the ocean.

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Azula previously reported that 8 million tons of plastic make their way into the ocean every year. Whales are just some of the creatures that face the threat of death by entanglement or plastic ingestion.

The whale project was an impressive feat. It took six months for the students to complete, according to a Q&A; with Hill on the Kids Save Oceans site. But Hill said that wasn't enough for his class. They wanted to further their anti-pollution message.

So the Children's Clean Ocean Summit at the United Nations was born. Taking place on June 22, 2018, students from 12 to 16 years old will come together in Vienna to be educated about ocean health and formulate plans of action to stop the damage we're doing to our seas.

If you know anyone who would like to attend, registration is open through May 15.

The key goal of the summit is not just to teach the attendees about ocean pollution and the damage it causes, but to also come up with concrete ways to combat it.

The kids in Hill's class have already begun this mission. They recently partnered with students from Austria's Makeup School to paint their faces like ocean life dealing with pollution.

Like this dolphin:

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These entangled penguins:

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A bird sadly swimming in oil:

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A trapped octopus:

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An entangled sea turtle:

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And a far-from-jolly clownfish:

kids save ocean Courtesy of Benedicte Querton

The haunting portraits illustrate a very real fate for many of the sea's creatures thanks to the large amounts of trash in the water.

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Adding on to the momentum of the plastic-whale sculpture and the makeup event, the summit will further help these students and students worldwide come together to think of even more ways to spread awareness about and stop harmful ocean pollution.

Part of that will come from a mobile app, currently in development by the Kids Save Ocean team.

It will take the classic letter-writing campaign and make it even easier for people's voices to reach their representatives.

Courtesy of Peder Hill

Kids Save Ocean rightly points out that just because they can't vote yet, doesn't mean these children shouldn't have a say in what happens to their world. "Children should have their own seat at the UN table. A big, adult-sized seat, now and forever," the site states.

That forever just got a whole lot brighter thanks to the kids in Hill's class, and all the others across the globe that will participate in the summit or the eventual mobile app. Together they are raising their voices and creating a future where the ocean can go back to being the healthy, plastic-free paradise it's meant to be.

Basically, if these children in particular are our future, sign us up for that.

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