By Karen Billing
A group of young girls is doing their part to help the environment with their new club, Girls Go Green.
Carmel Valley resident Sierra Jacobson, 10, and her sister Isabel, 11, started the environmental group. The enterprising sisters have always come up with ideas for groups or clubs but this was one was deemed a “winner.”
“My first grade teacher was really into the earth and that got me thinking about the ecosystem and everything like that,” said Sierra, a student at Sycamore Ridge Elementary School. “I wanted to raise awareness of how we can help the earth.”
The sisters went online and looked up what kinds of projects the community might need and went to their mom, Melissa, for help in getting the group going.
About 10 to 12 girls have come to the once-monthly meetings, mostly local girls but some cousins from Chula Vista and Santee have also attended.
The group’s first meeting was held in May and they were official in setting up club leadership (older sister Isabel is president, Sierra is vice president). Some of their club projects have been planting flowers in the Sycamore Ridge garden and painting storm drains for I Love A Clean San Diego.
They also did a beach cleanup at Torrey Pines State Beach, again with I Love A Clean San Diego. Sierra said the item they picked up off the beach most were cigarette butts.
“Because of the size of our group we prefer to piggyback on larger organizations that already have momentum and need more volunteers,” Melissa said. “The girls get an appreciation for all the work that needs to be done and all the ways they can have an impact on the community.”
As Isabel has found out through her research, plastic bags can take hundreds of years to decompose and while they do they can release toxins into soil, lakes, rivers and oceans. Only 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled.
The girls are still brainstorming for more projects and welcome any ideas, as well as new club members.
“The girls feel so good and empowered every time we do an activity,” said Melissa. “I would love to see it grow.”
“It’s pretty great that we can be a help, even a small help, to the environment,” Sierra said.
If interested in joining the Girls Go Green, e-mail Melissa Jacobson at firstname.lastname@example.org.