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News on Shelby O'Neil, Founder of Jr Ocean Guardians and No Straw November



SCR-139 No Straw November

• Developed No Straw November in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium to challenge people of all ages, all over the world to stop using straws during the month of November. Empowered students to make a change and ultimately, the initiative became a worldwide challenge.

− Partnered with the California Coastal Commission and Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning to implement the initiative statewide in 2018.

AB-1884 Witness Testimony at CA Natural Resources Committee

• Provided witness testimony before the California State Natural Resources Committee on behalf of California Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon’s AB-1884.

Congressional Record – Oct 5, 2017, 115th Congress, 1st Session

Issue: Vol. 163, No. 160 - Congressman Jimmy Panetta

• Recognized by the 20th Congressional District, read into the Congressional Record by Congressman Jimmy Panetta in recognition of “passion for environmentalism and conservation to respect our natural environment”.

Styrofoam Ban at San Benito High School

• Served as Co-President of the Environmental Club at San Benito High School, partnering with school officials and the Board of Trustees to take more responsibility in being an environmentally friendly school by implementing a campus-wide ban on polystyrene (Styrofoam) food containers; effective Feb 2019.



Leonardi DiCaprio Foundation Guest Author Shelby O'Neil

Monterey Bay Aquarium Ocean Hero

Martha Stewart Living

Washington Post

Fortune Magazine


Alaska Airlines Blog

Delta Airlines

The New York Times & Upfront Scholastic Magazine

Junior Scholastic Magazine

Ocean Elders - YouTube Shelby O'Neil & Dianna Cohen Talk Plastic Pollution 

Virgin United - Ocean Elders New Education YouTube Channel

Ocean Elders - Ocean Plastic 

Girl Scouts USA - PSA All Girl Scout

Girl Scouts USA - National Gold Award

Girl Scouts - Year of the G.I.R.L. Agenda 2018

Dartmouth College - Environment and Sustainability

Mainichi Newspaper (Japan)

Catholic Health Association of the United States - Dignity Health

Plastic Pollution Coalition


Buzzfeed - Auri Jackson AB-1884



Girl Scouts USA National PSA

Girl Scouts USA National PSA - All Girl Scout PSA: Behind the Scenes with Shelby

2018 National Gold Award Girl Scout: Shelby O., Jr Ocean Guardians

Girl Scouts USA - Gold Award Satellite Media Tour

Dignity Health - Let's Reduce Straw Usage Together - Hello Human-kindness

Sesame Street “N is for Nature” short film – HBO, Release Date May 9, 2020

Greenpeace - Shelby O'Neil

Girls Who Green The World - Thirty-Four Rebel Women Out to Save Our Planet by Diana Kapp 

The Plastic Problem: 60 Small Ways to Reduce Waste and Help Save the Earth (Lonely Planet Kids)


National Geographic Young Explorer

National Gold Award Girl Scout − Selected as one of ten Girl Scouts to receive the title of National Gold Award Scout for completing the Jr Ocean Guardians project and efforts to reduce the impact of humans on oceans and the planet.− Recognized as being the first to accept this prestigious honor with the Girl Scouts of Central Coast California.

Congressional Record Recognition by Congressman Jimmy Panetta

Monterey Bay Aquarium Ocean Hero

Paul Walker Youth Ocean Youth Award 

American Red Cross Central Coast Environment Hero

Bow Seat Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition Gold Award

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes 2018

Professional BusinessWomen of California 2019 Scholarship

HERlead 2018 Fellow

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