Fund Ocean Conservation Efforts

Target: U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources

Goal: Fund efforts to clean our oceans of plastic debris and chemical imbalances

Most of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans, and most of the life on Earth lives in oceans. That is why it is catastrophic to allow ocean ecosystems to be disrupted by human pollution. Not only will it cause untold damage to marine life, it will eventually affect human life in a very negative way. If we allow these ecosystems to collapse, it will have repercussions on every other ecosystem on Earth, and if the environment around us is in crisis, human life will suffer greatly. For these reasons we must urge Congress to fund scientific efforts to research and clean up pollution in the world’s oceans.

The great Pacific garbage patch is the name given to a mass of human waste that has accumulated in the Pacific ocean, which is by some estimates about twice the size of the continental United States. The consequences of this pollution for marine life are incalculable, and in fact it is already affecting human life by polluting coastlines around the world with plastic debris. This is not to mention the rising acidity of ocean water, due to the overabundance of CO2 in the atmosphere, which is interfering with ocean ecosystems, and a health hazard to humans.

Natural environments all over the world are in dire need of attention, but no ecosystem has more overall impact on the planet than our oceans. If we want to slow the trend of climate change and protect ourselves and the Earth’s wildlife from ecological disaster, we need to start cleaning our oceans. It is very unclear how to address some of these problems, but we know that if we do nothing the problems will get much worse. We need our government to fund research and conservation efforts, if for no other reason than to protect ourselves from our own pollution.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear House Committee on Natural Resources,

The world’s oceans are approaching a state of ecological crisis. With ever-rising acidity due to CO2 pollution, and vast amounts of accumulated human waste, our oceans are in dire need of conservation efforts. If left unaddressed, there will be serious repercussions for human life everywhere. Already, our coastlines are littered with plastic debris, and ocean life that provides us with food is threatened with extinction. We need our government to fund efforts to clean up our oceans.

If we want to slow the trend of climate change and protect ourselves and the Earth’s wildlife from ecological disaster, we need to start cleaning our oceans. It is very unclear how to address some of these problems, but we know that if we do nothing the problems will get much worse. We need our government to fund research and conservation efforts, if for no other reason than to protect ourselves from our own pollution. We are actually doing ourselves harm by not doing everything in our power to improve the health of our oceans. We urge Congress to fund ocean research and conservation efforts.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kevin Krejci via Flickr

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