Episode 212 - Green Teen Orgs!

Original Airdate: 
Monday, November 29, 2010 - Sunday, December 5, 2010
Next Airdate: 
Monday, March 21, 2011 - Sunday, March 27, 2011

As Eco Company travels around, we find organizations and teen groups who are dedicated to making a difference. This episode profiles groups who are doing everything from cataloguing trash on the beach and ocean, to restoring a native habitat, to growing organic vegetables, to lobbying politicians! First up Jessica meets up with a group of girls participating in the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Young Women In Science program. They get their sea legs and head out on the Monterey Bay, home to more than 30 species of marine mammals. But there is danger in these waters in the form of trash. This group is tracking it down. Jessica put on her life jacket to join them and see what it is all about.

Then Jordan heads to the mall in search of green products and found just the place. But it's not your average store! It's a store run by the non-profit group Teens Turning Green. From cosmetics, to school supplies, to furnishing your bedroom, everything in this store is good for you and good for the planet. For this group of dedicated teens it's all about educating their peers about staying healthy by living green 24/7...and they are telling manufacturers and lawmakers too!!

Then Brendan meets up with another group of young eco warriors. This group is tackling coastal wetlands. Wetland areas around the globe are disappearing because of urbanization, farming and unregulated use. These teens are learning they can make a difference by working to restore a coastland area for native plants and wildlife. Brendan put on the gloves to see what they were doing.

Finally Adam reports on a group of high school students in Santa Cruz, CA, who are reaping the rewards of their labor by eating what they they are growing in their organic garden. But they are not just learning the process of growing foods organically, they are also learning how the many of the decisions they make everyday affect the environment.