We are a small group of 7th grade students trying to solve a problem. We were tasked with finding a problem under the umbrella of movement. We wanted to focus on a more specific topic of migration which finally lead us to a topic that is very close to home and familiar to us, monarch butterflies. We already knew that this species was endangered and needed help, but as we looked into it we were surprised to see that numbers of monarch butterflies have dropped 86% in the last 20 years! This is a major problem.
As a group we were originally drawn to monarch butterflies, because as children in California, we grew up seeing them fly through our backyard and we would marvel at their bright colors. It was natural for us to see them back then, but numbers now are declining, fast. We were quick to reach, searching up some of the main reasons for their endangerment. We found them to mostly be, global warming, causing them to travel further then they should on their migration patterns, and the loss of the monarch butterflies only food, milkweed, which is being intoxicated by pesticides and carbon dioxide.
As we work diligently to come up with our solution, we remember the joy we once had as little children and we hope to soon make it so the generations to come can experience this too. We have come up with a few ideas like making an app or a product that can help people plant more milkweed, but whatever we end up with, we hope can change the life and migration of monarchs forever!
We are three 7th grade students who live in Los Angeles and love Monarch Butterflies!