What is your favorite Cleanup Kids’ initiative?
Ella and Cash: The “Million Piece Pickup,” which we successfully completed last year. This was a really important one for us because one million pieces of trash was a HUGE number, and it was our first real chance to get “Cleanup Kids crew members,” who are kids from around the world, to actively work on a large-scale project together. We are so excited that we not only MET our goal, but we exceeded it, which means that there are over one million LESS pieces of trash that can enter our waterways and hurt our wildlife!!
Cash, what’s your favorite quality of Ella’s? Ella, what’s your favorite quality of Cash’s?
Ella: My favorite quality of Cash’s is his relentless determination. He NEVER gives up. A lot of people would see how big the problems our planet is facing are and give up. Cash sees them and decides to work harder.
Cash: My favorite quality of Ella’s is her creativity. She is always thinking up new ways for us to have more of an impact to help protect the environment and wildlife.
OK, Cash and Ella, onto all things NOT Cleanup Kids. What are some of your favorite things? Favorite books? What makes you laugh? Do you have any ideas about your future? Where will you be? What will you be doing?
Cash: One of my favorite things is my freshwater fish tank. My favorite books are the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings series. Watching funny animal videos makes me laugh. For my future I know I would like to continue getting SCUBA certifications so I can go explore more underwater. I really want to do some wreck diving, as well as see the Great Barrier Reef.
Ella: My favorite thing is my cat Moonbeam. I love to read, and one of my favorite series is also Harry Potter. My goal for the future is to continue exploring the world. I want to see everything I can on land and in the water. I want to see it all, especially knowing that with the way our climate and planet are changing, many of these places and animals may not be around by the time I am grown.
What would you like to tell other kids about adventuring? Do you have any advice for them?
Ella and Cash: We want to tell other kids that adventuring can be done anywhere. It doesn’t have to be some distant, far-away place that you travel to. There are so many incredible things to explore in nature, and you might be surprised at what you can find in your own backyard, like discovering a small creature you hadn’t taken the time to notice before.
Our advice is that no matter where you go adventuring, always leave that place better than you found it. Maybe that means picking up a bit of trash you find along the way or helping an animal. Just make sure to leave only footprints wherever you go.
One last question: If kids (or adults for that matter!) want to get involved in some of the Cleanup Kids’ projects, how can they do that?
Ella and Cash: We LOVE having more people get involved! You can check out our website www.thecleanupkids.org or you can send us a message on Instagram.