Claire Thompson wants young people to know they can participate in government.
Shes pushing the bills for an eighth-grade project at Nova School, an Olympia-based independent middle school for highly capable students, but said shes aiming for more than a grade.
Thompson, who wants to be a marine biologist, grew up near Olympias Boston Harbor. Water, she said, is a part of her life and when she learned about ocean acidification through The Seattle Times Sea Change project, she wanted to do something.
I dont really know a lot of ways to fix it, she said. Raising awareness is something I can do, and I think its really powerful that someone my age, someone like me, could change the way my state works.