I love the beach. I make it a point to go to one, at least once a month. I go there to relax and enjoy the fresh breeze. Sometimes, I go there to swim, thinking that the sea would wash away all the negativity and worries I have. Also, I just really like how the cold water feels on my bae skin.
Of course, as a Marine Biologist, I really should have nothing but love for the sea. It is a part of who I am and it gives me a sense of purpose.
However, there seems to be danger. How so? Because I am afraid that if people neglect their obligations towards our beaches and the sea, then I will no longer have any place to enjoy swimming in and I will feel failure for not having enough power to save it. Of course, I really don’t have enough power to save marine life on my own. These big problems that the earth and sea life face, are in need of collective efforts. The whole world needs to join hands in protecting the planet, not just us marine people whose jobs depend on it. After all, if the sea starts to crumble and wither, it is not just our lives that would be greatly affected, but everybody else’s lives too.
There are a lot of environmental issues going on around the globe. Global warming, illegal logging and mining, and misuse of plastic and other non-biodegradable products, are a few of these problems.
Marine life has not been exempted from these troubles. Right now there are beaches that once had amazing blue waters that have turned muddy and brown because of wastes that are dumped in it. There are beaches that are found with frequent floating plastic. If I want to go scuba diving, I might only be dismayed at the discolored and dead reefs that use to be so alive and colorful.
This slow death that the marine world is slowly experiencing, no, that the whole world is experiencing, is also the very reason why living has become a very expensive. Fewer and fewer raw materials are becoming available, thus, producing them and turning them into everyday goods cost more. It is such a shame that we live in a time when everything that was freely given to us, has to be paid now for too much.
I have recently joined an environmentalist group that focuses on the care for the sea and marine life. I am very drawn to the sea and it would really hurt if the beauty of the ocean is put to waste, literally and figuratively. I hope people reading this will also try to help in their own ways.