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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach, California, USA

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Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach, California, USA
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cortlen1231



Registered: April 2009
City/Town/Province: huntington beach
Posts: 1
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In today’s society, awareness of our impact on the environment is finally being recognized and being taken into consideration on a very broad scale but my overall goal recently has been to help educate both myself and others about the impact our oceans have on humanity and the entire Earth. My project, which started in the fall of 2008 along with a couple others, began at a public aquarium that I now manage along with two others. By learning what it takes to sustain marine species and what affects them, we were able to apply that knowledge to the oceans we all live within walking distance from. We soon started the Marine Science Club, and our mission statement which I created outlines how our overall goal is to expose and educate students and society to the impact our world’s oceans have on the globe and have fun while doing so. So of course, our projects take place off of the long stretch of southern California’s coast.
Our project is continuous but so far and in the beginning, we have participated in national beach cleanups and have organized various groups to participate in species counts, surveys, and documentary viewings while at the same time, making it fun. As our funds and our experiences grow, I have organized and now lead as a certified rescue diver, a network of ocean divers who meet regularly each week to go out and explore the water just off of the southern California coast. Our current goal is to expand and certify new SCUBA divers and get them involved in underwater research projects involving the local kelp forest and also to organize a group of divers who collect trash while SCUBA diving. Kelp forest and coral reefs are just as important, if not more important, then our jungles and forest that most people are familiar with in terms of Carbon dioxide recycling and life support and since humans have only explored and studied a small fraction of our worlds oceans that have such a large impact on society, I feel it is important to educate as many people as I can and hopefully catch the attention of future researchers.
While SCUBA diving, we swim through gigantic kelp beds that are more intimidating then any forest on land because it is quiet, dark, and dense. Just breathing down on the ocean floor is dangerous because you are in a world humans are not meant to be in and the marine life, so agile and well adapted, constantly reminds you of that. We run into many species of eels, sharks, fish, urchins, sea stars, bottom dwellers and crustaceans. Each marine animal is much larger and more intimidating then they seem in films and photographs and when you surface, you are just in awe by the amount of sea life and at times, the impact humans have on them.
If everyone did a little bit, then it adds up to something very large that could significantly affect the one Earth that we have. In order to protect that which I am so fascinated with and is vital to the quality of life, everyone needs to follow just a couple easy rules. One being do not litter since a majority of the trash we throw on the ground ends up in the ocean and back up onto our coastline, around an animals neck, or stuck on the inside of a marine animal, never to be decomposed. Second, conserve energy as much as possible. By following these simple rules we greatly reduce the impact we have on the environment which we share and that contributes to our well being and not to mention, helps maintain the overall beauty of our world, and at the very least, our oceans. By doing my part and going above and beyond by picking up trash along the coast, I help to preserve our environment and help keep it beautiful for our children’s future.
By educating and setting the example for the newer generations, the ideas and good habits that contribute to the preservation and protection of our environment exponentially grows. I feel that my contribution to the education of our world’s oceans and marine life is a success and will continue to succeed so long as those who I educate, do as I do and see how the environment affects us on a global scale. The oceans affect everything in this world, if not, contributes a significant amount to weather and the variety of ecosystems that exist and will hopefully continue to exist. Already, the kids that I have involved in my club are smarter and more conscious of the world around them and of the consequences of their actions on their world. I know that they to will pass on the knowledge that I have given them and that they have learned to others which is so fulfilling and like the members and officers of my club, I am continuously learning new things and expanding my ever growing passion for the ocean that I both live next to, and love. My own actions and conscientious aquarium keeping is not only because I live and breathe marine science, but because I care intensely about our worlds oceans and the animals in them that we as conscientious environmentalist endeavor to keep alive.
· Date: April 2, 2009 · Views: 3975 · File size: 6.7kb, 30.5kb · : 604 x 451 ·
Hours Volunteered: 100
Volunteers: 30
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 21 & 18 to 23
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