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If the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow, then the future looks promising for one group of students.

Four teens from Isaac Bear Early College are taking on climate change in the Cape Fear.

It’s not your typical student project, four high school juniors tackling the oceans and climate.

Megan Ennes, an Education Program Specialist with the NC aquarium, says, “None of them are environment majors, none of them are going to be scientist when grow up but this has become a topic that’s very dear to their hearts.”

Ennes interviewed and selected the students to work on a movie about understanding climate change and how our actions can play a huge role.

“I’ve always been interested in the environment and always cared about it,” Isaac Bear student, Jessica Lama, explained, “I wanted other people to learn about it and care about it too, so I thought the best way to start was to teach them, so if they can understand then maybe they will have a passion for it too.”

But it wasn’t just about teaching others, the students also learned quite a bit during the process.

Student Keela Sweeney said, “It seemed like a good way to learn about the issue of climate change and how it affects us, more deeper than just hot in the winter cold in the summer kind of details.”

The 20 minute film is the culmination of nearly a year of work.
The group went on a water tour to learn about our ecosystem and ferried over to Bald Head Island to learn about barrier islands and sea level rise. They also learned about endangered species, a topic that gets student Evan Lucas fired up.

“You don’t have to sit around and let species disappear. One goes away a week, when is that going to be something a lot of people care about?” asked Lucas.

Dustin Chambers added, “A lot of people don’t realize small things matter and they can make a difference.”

And teaching people how to make a difference is the purpose of this film.

“Sometimes i felt like people don’t take this seriously and it really frustrates me cause like this is your future, it’s not just for you, its for your grandchildren their grandchildren and so on,” Lucas said.

Even though the film is finished, it’s not the end. This group plans to take what they’ve learned and incorporate it into their everyday lives, hoping you will do the same.

The group also represented our state at the 3rd Student Summit on the oceans and coasts in Washington D.C., where they showed clips of their video. If you want to check out the entire movie, “We Sea Change”, it premieres Wwednesday night at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

It’s free and starts at 6:30 p.m.

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