We Have Something to Say!

There was something so special about walking in the sand and the salt water. From the moment the Pacific Ocean caught my eye all those months ago, to physically being a part of it at that very moment was bringing it all together in a way that filled me with incredible optimism for the future, and just plain happiness right here and now.

Jenny Barajas would rather blend in with the back row of her class until this year, when the school’s most contemporary teacher, Ms. Morgan, becomes her Science teacher. Ms. Morgan introduces an environmental spin on traditional topics, inspiring Jenny to watch a documentary film on plastics in the ocean.

Jenny is now on a mission to end single-use plastics. However, blind passion reveals her limited knowledge of ocean life and environmental justice, challenging Jenny to call upon the help of her community. She must mend old friendships, reconcile her insecurities with her condescending but brilliant and outspoken older sister, lean on Ms. Morgan for guidance, all the while leveraging these relationships to find the courage to use her voice. 

Learning to lobby around the complexities of plastic pollution, Jenny embarks on an advocacy campaign by documenting her class in the hopes to motivate others in joining her mission to eliminate single-use plastics. Can student documentation be the spark to fuel a movement for future generations? 

We Have Something to Say! is a not only sympathetic story speaking to those who do not know where to begin when you have big ideas, but a motivating story of the journey in finding your voice.

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