Ruby Dowling and Jazzmin Williams from Encounter Lutheran College are making a difference on the south coast and proving to be young leaders in protecting the marine environment.
On June 7, the two students with their fellow Year 9 colleagues, went on an excursion to the Victor Harbor foreshore and took action.
They picked up rubbish to support marine life as part of a Community Project.
"We have spent the past two terms researching the effects rubbish is having on our local marine life and are excited to take action by doing our bit for the local environment," Jazzmin said.
"Living on the south coast of Victor Harbor, we are surrounded by beautiful beaches.
"Over the years there has been a major increase in rubbish pollution in our waters.
"This is affecting marine life all over the world."
As part of the school project, they have decided to raise awareness for the local population of Victor Harbor and to others around the world.
"We are showing people that this is a real issue that needs to be improved on," Ruby said.
"We can make a difference by helping other people understand the impacts that rubbish pollution has on marine life. Rubbish pollution has a huge impact on marine life and their living conditions.
"When plastic is ingested by marine life, it destroys their abdominal system, it stops them from being able to digest real food that they need to survive."
The pair are very passionate about the issue and hope that their stand can make others think about their role in the prevention of marine pollution.
"Everyone can make a difference by picking up their rubbish. It only takes a few seconds to put rubbish in the bin. Only one little piece of plastic has a huge impact on marine life. Anyone can make a difference and help save marine life," Ruby said.
Encounter Lutheran College often creates a different learning experience for students, as it allows the students to get out of the classroom to pick up rubbish and have held barbecues to raise awareness for the homeless.
It is real world learning, which teaches students about many confronting issues, which occur in the commnity.