We Still Have Hope

I know lately my content has focused on all that’s wrong in the world, and honestly that gets depressing! I do apologize for that, but it’s just the things I’ve been researching in hopes of making a change in the world. I’d like to end this series on pollution on a happy note, so today I’ll be telling you about what is being done to stop pollution and why the ocean is worth saving. This world is so beautiful, and despite pollution there are still pristine areas– the places that motivate me to learn how to protect them. Without further ado, let’s learn about them!

As almost everyone knows, the majority of our earth is made up of ocean. Unfortunately, this also means that the majority of pollution ends up in the ocean. This, of course, not only majorly affects the biosphere but it also affects the lifestyles of individuals around the world. Entire communities depend on seafood for their existence, and due to overfishing and pollution they will have to adapt or die. As drastic as this sounds, adapting to living in harmony with wildlife is actually easy once changes have begun. One perfect example of this harmonic lifestyle being achieved is Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

All You Need to Know Before Traveling to Raja Ampat

Found within the Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is a beautiful area full of underwater biodiversity and surrounded by thousands of islands. Miraculously, Raja Ampat has remained untouched by pollution and climate change, and it is vital to keep it that way! If you’d like to learn more about the preservation work being done here, click this link.

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (quite a mouthful, isn’t it? Click  here to learn how to pronounce the name and the meaning behind it) is another beautiful marine park. Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

This Hawaiian protected area is ginormous! Unfortunately, the expansion of this protection came with much opposition from local fishermen, and if you’d like to learn more click the link.  As you can see, one of the most essential aspects of conservation is getting the locals involved, but unfortunately this was neglected at a time.

“Since its beginnings, conservation has had a people problem. An ugly history of marginalizing indigenous and local communities living in ecosystems designated for protection has made re-gaining trust and building relationships with these groups one of the toughest aspects of conservation today.”

-Jeremy Hance

Fortunately, much has been done to change and reconcile this. If you’d like to know more, click here.

Scientists say that we need to protect at least 30% of our oceans to keep the planet healthy, and we’re off to a great start! Yes, there is much to improve- but if we keep this momentum going our planet will be so much healthier! I’m excited to see our world regrow back to its healthy self, and I plan to enjoy the beauty all around me. Thank you so much for reading this, and if you enjoyed reading this post feel free to click the like button below.

My sources:

“Papahānaumokuākea: A Sacred Name, A Sacred Place.” Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, 20 Feb. 2019, http://www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/about/name.html.

“Threats Facing The Oceans and Their Species.” Oceans and the Threats They Face | National Geographic, 6 Mar. 2017, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/ocean-threats/.

Barnett, Cynthia. “Hawaii Is Now Home to an Ocean Reserve Twice the Size of Texas.” National Geographic, National Geographic Society, 1 Nov. 2017, news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/obama-creates-world-s-largest-park-off-hawaii/.

Hance, Jeremy. “Conservation’s People Problem.” Mongabay Environmental News, 30 May 2017, news.mongabay.com/2016/05/186480/.

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