NHS was visited by Atlantic Marine Conservation Society biologist
Allison DePerte on March 27 to teach students about the dangerous
effects of marine debris on our environment.
The visit was organized and hosted by the high school’s Environment
Team. In order to make the message more widespread, Northport High
School’s biology students and third-graders that are a part of the
district-wide “Investigate” program were invited to attend as well.
Groups of students listened intently as Ms. DePerte shared dangers of
pollution, how it affects local and global marine life, and explained
how local beach cleanups can be extremely effective.
“Recent studies have shown that, in one month, over 1.7 million food
wrappers and 1.5 million plastic bottles can be found washed up on
beaches all around the world,” Ms. DePerte told students. “Do we think
that’s a big problem?”
The auditorium responded with a resounding yes.
Additionally, Ms. DePerte spoke to students about the waste we create
with single-use plastic items, such as straws and disposable utensils,
and shared that Americans, between the ages of five and 65, use upwards
of 35,000 straws.
After the presentation, students had the opportunity to ask additional
questions. E-Team students imparted some of their own wisdom to the
younger students as well, urging them to “reduce your use.” E-Team
students also shared with Ms. DePerte their plans on proposing a town
ban on Styrofoam. and are planning on handing out reusable straws during