Amazing Girl Highlight: Annemarie, Environmental Champion

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Tell me about yourself

My name is Annemarie and I’m 12 years old. I like to write and read and be outside.

Why did you decide to start helping the environment?

Once when I was in a third grade I read a magazine with a penguin on top of an iceberg and it was a really thin iceberg and it really pulled at my heart. At the moment I’m really interested in trees and helping them grow back and fighting against deforestation.

What have you been able to accomplish?

Two years ago I raised $400 for the rainforest. It went through an organization called Monte Verde Conservation League.  In school i made speeches in different classes and i sent out cards telling people about what was happening to the rainforest and set out jars for people donate money and made signs. Last year I raised 250$ for the polar bears through WWF. For the polar bears we had a bake sale.

This year I started a group called HEAL that is working to inspire people to plant trees in Austin. We look into what kind of trees to plant, where to plant them and cost. We’re still small but we’re going to get bigger. We’re going to do a lemonade stand to raise money.

Why are you so motivated?

I feel like it’s my point. Some people are like, “people are just people, there’s no point or no meaning” but i don’t believe that. I have love for the world. I absolutely think individuals can make a difference.

How can people get involved?

They can go to www.planetheal.org

What do you think is the best thing about being a girl?

I feel like when you’re a girl you can do anything. A bunch of people are like, “yay, girls!” And that makes me feel special. I feel like being a girl is special.

Vanessa Wright