October 4, 2011
Eight-year-old Wyatt Workman (pictured above with Cecile Fisher, vice president, marketing, Aquarium of the Pacific) was presented the Aquarium’s Young Hero Award at during the International Children’s Day festival weekend held on April 30 and May 1, 2011. Workman was inspired to help raise funds for the ocean after learning about marine debris and other environmental problems. He created seventy art objects to sell at a fundraiser for international ocean advocacy organization Oceana. He also made a six-minute claymation movie and book, both titled Save the Sea from the Trash Monster!, and designed a T-shirt that says, “I am NOT a Trash Monster!”
On his website and at events, Workman urges people to sign his pledge, which includes promises to pick up trash, select only sustainable seafood, and use reusable shopping bags and water bottles. To date, he has raised $3,878 for Oceana.