We had the good fortune of connecting with Camila Acquarone and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Camila, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Living in Miami, Florida you are surrounded by water every day. In Ocean Vida Youth, we use the ocean and the animals living in them as our inspiration to preserve it. Knowing how our ecosystems and surroundings are in danger push as harder to do our part in saving it. In each of our clean ups, we are surprised by the amount of trash found in our local beach. This also inspires us to raise awareness in our community especially in children. We hope others see our inspiration and take action to make the world a better place.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We are volunteer organization run by high schoolers. We use creative ways to raise awareness to children on the ongoing climate crisis. We hope to continue to teach others and find fun ways to host beach clean ups. For instance, the Ocean Vida Art Day where we had a beach clean up and then created art with the trash that was picked up from the beach.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
You would not believe what you can find in the beach! There is always something to do. While you take a walk you can always pick up trash that you find…

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Last summer I was passed down the organization by a senior, Mariana Giglio who worked hard with the other board members. However, Laura Monge and Paula Canalejo were the ones who founded Ocean Vida Youth. Thanks to them I have been given the opportunity to lead an organization that works in making our home a greener place. I would also like to mention our mentor Christophe, who we could not function without.

Website: https://oceanvidayouth-com.webnode.com

Instagram: @oceanvidakb

Image Credits
Karina Acquarone @fridaphotoart

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