My Cause: Keeping our Oceans Healthy and Beautiful

Updated: Apr 4, 2019

I’m an actress today but someday also plan to be a Marine Biologist. I’m working really hard on my acting and singing career but at the same time I’m working hard at school because my next long term goals are college followed by career in Marine Biology.

I’ve always loved the ocean. My first favorite animal, when I was really little, was a dolphin. I still love dolphins as well as sea turtles, manatees, and whales, and it breaks my heart when I see marine animals being hurt by ocean pollution. It also makes me mad when I hear about humans purposely polluting the oceans because they don’t understand the impact to the planet or because they just don’t care.

Of course, when I was assigned an “Environmental Issue” project in my Gifted and Talented Science Class, my choice was clear. I chose to address the global issue of Ocean Pollution.

The ocean is so large and powerful and beautiful. It covers over 70 percent of planet. It supplies more than half the oxygen we breathe; it regulates the Earth’s climate; it provides jobs for millions of people & food for billions of people; and it’s beautiful.

There is evidence that humans have been polluting our oceans since the Roman Times but it has accelerated dramatically in the past 300 years. Pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, detergents, oil, sewage, plastics, and other solids are finding their way into our oceans.

  • When chemical fertilizers find their way to the ocean, they can spawn blooms of algae that rob the water of oxygen, leaving dead zones where marine life cannot exist.

  • Solid waste like plastic bags, foam, and other trash dumped into the oceans from land or by ships often eaten with often by marine mammals, fish, and birds that mistake it for food. Old fishing nets can drift for years, ensnaring fish and other marine mammals.

  • Ocean currents trap trillions of plastic items and trash into gigantic, swirling garbage patches. There are 5 ocean garbage patches. The largest one is between Hawaii and California. It’s the size of Texas and is called “The Pacific Trash Vortex”.

I googled “How can we clean the ocean” and I was amazed to find in “Yahoo Answers” that many people don’t think that we can clean up the ocean. I was shocked to think that there are people in the world who don’t think that ocean pollution is a problem and shocked to think that people would say it couldn’t be done just because it’s a really big job.

So, for the next couple of months I’m going to be sharing my ocean pollution research on my blog. But beyond that I’m going to really get involved in educating myself and sharing what I find about how we can make the oceans cleaner for the animals and for the planet. It is a really big job but it’s a job that is absolutely necessary.

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for more.

- Lizzie

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