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Environmental organization in Santa Barbara is working to repurpose an oil rig into an Eco Monument

Goleta, Calif. - Experts like founder of America’s Green Corps Ryan Davis say an estimated 2 tons of marine biology lives off the coast of Goleta around Platform Holly.

“If we remove the platform, unfortunately, all of that marine biology will go away,” said Davis.

That's why Davis wants to re-purpose the platform into a lighthouse and research hub instead of removing it.

He's fighting to stop the dismantling of Platform Holly by offering a solution he says is not only eco friendly, but also economically friendly.

“We believe our project will not only be able to help us show how we can generate renewable energy from the site, but also mutually support aquaculture research and maybe even one day be able to generate a food source from one of these recycled structures,” said Davis.

This site would be powered by the sun, wind, and sea.

“We can feed that energy back into the grid. And we think this is a great way to show how we can continue to move forward with California's goals of transitioning to 100% renewable energy,” said Davis.

Slowly but surely, Ryan is garnering support from locals and nature lovers like Ian Stewart.

“Rather than dismantle it or leave it there to use it for something that's ecologically friendly, is is only I can only see it as a good thing,” said Stewart.

“It's an eco monument. So it's a chance for people to come out of the bubble and to actually go and visit this monument as it gets built and get a workout in and get outside and enjoy the outdoors and also enjoy the beaches,” said Davis.

America’s Green Corps plans to spread the word about this project by hosting an art and science exhibit in December.

Right now the non-profit is trying to raise 15-thousand dollars to cover the cost of the immersive exhibit.

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Mina Wahab

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