Ruby Rorty

Youth Council Member

Ruby Rorty is a high school student at Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz, CA. She has always found inspiration in the ocean--from childhood beach days to working as a kayak instructor—and is dedicated to marine conservation. In 2014, she founded the Santa Cruz Environmental Alliance (@sc_environmental on Instagram), a local environmental organization that seeks to empower young people as ocean advocates. Through SCEA, she has coordinated the #nomoremermaidtears social media campaign, implemented the Trashtastic! curriculum, a three-part lesson plan designed to educate elementary school students about plastic pollution, and spoken to audiences about youth activism and young people's responsibility to protect our natural resources.

In her free time, Ruby runs her campus sustainable garden, co-presides over her school's Feminist Coalition, and edits her school newspaper. She interns at a Santa Cruz NOAA laboratory and loves sharing her passion for the ocean with visitors as an exhibit guide at the local marine education center. 

As she looks ahead to college and beyond, Ruby is interested in how philosophy, economics, and sociology can be better incorporated into the conservation movement, with the ultimate goal of making mainstream environmentalism more effective and accessible.