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12-year-old SLO activist works to save Monarch population

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Genevieve Leroux of San Luis Obispo is on a mission to save the monarch butterfly. 

After learning that the monarch butterfly population was declining, Genevieve decided to take action. 

The 12-year-old wildlife activist has already been recognized for her environmental activism and work in influencing public policy. Her Roots & Shoots project entitled, "Milkweed for Monarchs," was selected from dozens across the nation as the January 2018 Roots & Shoots project of the month. 

"We just started growing more milkweed in the winter and now they're just starting to sprout and we plan on giving them out as we did before so that's where we are now," Genevieve told KSBY. 

Genevieve's research comes at a time when tracking the migration and status of these insects could be crucial to their survival. According to the Xerces Society, the California Western Migratory Monarch Butterfly population has declined by 74 percent. 

"I wrote a letter to the mayor about the Mayor's Monarch Pledge, which is a pledge that mayors are taking to help the monarch butterfly. Recently, I got a proclamation from her so she will be participating in that," Genevieve said.

After her backyard garden was recognized as part of the "Million Pollinator Garden Challenge," it has since been certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

Genevieve says that she will continue to do the work of her role-model, Jane Goodall, who she recently met in person. Genevieve remembers the Jane Goodall quote that first inspired her, "'[e]very individual matters, every individual has a role to play and every individual makes a difference...' and I wanted to be an individual that made a difference."

You can learn more about Genevieve's project at: rootsandshoots.org 'Milkweed for Monarchs'

You can also visit The National Wildlife Federation's website for more information on how you can plant nectar sources for monarchs in your garden.

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