We are helping to support The Ocean Up organisation
Hi, I am Susan the director of NLSSM. I want to share with you why we as a school
have chosen to support The Ocean Clean Up organisation.
Over the extensive years of travelling and having experienced an
amazing array of cultures and environments, I have come to appreciate the
beauty that each part of our world has to offer. Oceans have featured as a major focus of my
travels, I love diving, snorkelling or simply walking along the beach in the
early hours of the morning.
My motivation comes from my belief that the oceans are one of
the most important features in the continuation of our environment, maintaining
balance in both the air and water.
of the areas I have been to many times is Central America, Costa Rica to be
exact. They have developed a
comprehensive environmental policy through education and public awareness
campaigns. The changes I have seen
over a decade demonstrate how effective they have been. But that all being said
they are faced with extenuating circumstances not under their control.
One of their campaigns is to increase the
rates of survival of their turtles, their land policies are robust but despite
that they have a bleak chance of success.
While there are many dedicated biologists who in their own time head out
to the breading grounds to make sure that the eggs are not being disturbed or vandalized
by both humans and nature alike, once hatched, the turtles are faced with another
obstacle. The sad and frustrating thing is that once
the young turtles make it to the waters, having avoided being a seagulls next meal,
they have to forage through the waters to a more protective area that allows
them to feed and grow. What really touched me is the next part of this story,
wherein a marine biologist shared the reality of what they were up against. Although
the turtles make it into the water they are faced with a rather formidable obstacle, a
barrier of plastic, a wall of garbage that ends up claiming the young lives of
these little creatures. Having no way to get through the plastic to a place of
safety they end up drowning, this is not nature’s way but the result of our behaviour,
it is our responsibility to do something about it, and we, at NLSSM, as a
collective group are investing some of our time and income to support the Ocean
Clean Up organisation to do just that.
We hope you will join us in this vital work and offer your support. If you want to know more about them, or
donate please click on the link below.
Who are they?
The Ocean Clean Up is a non-government engineering
environmental organization based in the Netherlands, that develops technology
to extract plastic pollution from the oceans.
is its mission?
‘Our aim is to remove 90 % of floating ocean plastic,
which requires global initiative. With the help and support of individuals,
corporations and governments all over the world, we aim to realize the mission
and work towards a future where plastic no longer pollutes our oceans.’ –
quoted from The Ocean Clean up website 21/1/20