Congressman Cunningham Delivers Floor Speech on the James Island Ocean Actkidvists

January 30, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This morning, Congressman Joe Cunningham delivered a speech on the House floor applauding the work of a remarkable group of young activists, the James Island Ocean Actkidvists. Betty, Louis, Mekena, and Liam are four James Island children who have made it their mission to protect our oceans and marine life from plastics pollution and educate the Lowcountry community, young and old, on the dangers of single-use plastics. This year, they successfully lobbied the Charleston and James Island City Councils to ban plastic bags, straws, and containers, and collected over 300 signatures in support of a single-use plastics ban.

A copy of his remarks are below:

Today I rise to share the story of a very remarkable group of children, the James Island Ocean ActKIDvists. Betty, Louis, Mekena, and Liam, all between ages 6 and 8, who have made it their mission to protect our oceans and marine life.

This year, they successfully lobbied the Charleston and James Island City Councils to ban plastic bags, straws, and foam containers, collecting over 300 signatures in support of the ban. At town council meetings, these young activists had the courage to speak up for the marine life who couldn’t speak for themselves.

It’s our job to preserve the Lowcountry’s vibrant natural resources for future generations to come and I’m proud of the James Island Ocean ActKIDvists for helping lead the way. Thank you to Betty, Louis, Mekena, and Liam!