We are helping to support The Ocean Clean 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.
One 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. Whilst 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.
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.
What 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