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Girl Scouts promote environmental awareness, plant tree

By Lance Cpl. Alissa P. Schuning | Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni | May 14, 2014

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Cadettes with the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Girl Scouts break ground while planting a Maple Fern Tree aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 14, 2014. The cadettes planted the tree as an ending project for their “Breathe Journey”, a journey the cadettes took to learn about how to preserve the environment.

Cadettes with the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Girl Scouts break ground while planting a Maple Fern Tree aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 14, 2014. The cadettes planted the tree as an ending project for their “Breathe Journey”, a journey the cadettes took to learn about how to preserve the environment. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Alissa P. Schuning)


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Lance Cpl. Kristin Kahalewai, a troop leader with the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Girl Scouts, assists cadettes while planting a Maple Fern Tree aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 14, 2014. The tree served as an environmental project and was the first step towards creating a picnic area for the Marines living in bachelor housing, according to Kahalewai.

Lance Cpl. Kristin Kahalewai, a troop leader with the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Girl Scouts, assists cadettes while planting a Maple Fern Tree aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 14, 2014. The tree served as an environmental project and was the first step towards creating a picnic area for the Marines living in bachelor housing, according to Kahalewai. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Alissa P. Schuning)


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Alexis Flick, a cadette in the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Girl Scouts, plants a Maple Fern Tree with fellow cadettes aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 14, 2014. Other than planting the tree, the cadettes identified pollution and learned about environmental conservation.

Alexis Flick, a cadette in the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Girl Scouts, plants a Maple Fern Tree with fellow cadettes aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 14, 2014. Other than planting the tree, the cadettes identified pollution and learned about environmental conservation. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Alissa P. Schuning)


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan --

As a journey of environmental cleanliness ends, cadettes of the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Girl Scouts planted a Maple Fern Tree aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, May 14, 2014.

Each year the girl scouts go on a journey according to the Girl Scouts Manual. The name of this year’s journey was the “Breathe Journey”, which taught the girls about the environment, air, pollution and how to decrease pollution in the air, on the ground or in the water, explained Lance Cpl. Kristin K. Kahalewai, a troop leader for the Girl Scouts.

Exposure to pollutants is associated with numerous effects on human health, including increased respiratory symptoms, hospitalization for heart or lung diseases and even premature death, not to mention the hazardous effects on the environment, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the World Health Organization, pollution in both urban and rural areas caused an estimated 3.7 million premature deaths worldwide in 2012.

“I hope they carry the lessons they learned during this journey with them for the rest of their life,” said Kahalewai. “Pollution is a big problem that tends to get ignored.”

The cadettes braved the rain to accomplish their mission of promoting clean air and beautifying the living space for the Marines aboard station.

“The entire journey was to inspire the girls about the good around us and how to preserve and promote it,” said Kahalewai.

Not only was this experience used to inspire the girl scouts but cadettes hope their actions will help encourage others to make a difference.

“I think planting the tree will help inspire a lot more adults to do the same,” said Alexis Flick, a cadette in the MCAS Iwakuni Girl Scouts. “Adults can take more initiative than us girl scouts, so I hope they see how much we are able to do and try to do more.”

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