Target: President Francine Cousteau, President of the Cousteau Society
Goal: Commend the Cousteau Society for their plan to restore the environment of Easter Island by planting over one million trees
Easter Island has been suffering from ecological damage for decades now. The island has been largely cleared of trees and this has had major environmental impacts. However, the Cousteau Society has developed a plan to plant 1,400,000 trees on the island to help its fragile ecosystem recover.
Easter Island is one of the most remote places in the world and is best known for its giant stone carvings of heads known as maoi. However, as early as 1976 when naval explorer Jacques Cousteau visited the island, its ecosystem was suffering from deforestation and erosion. This has significant impacts on the environment of both the land and the sea.
The small number of trees affects the ocean in various ways. When trees still existed in great quantities on the island, they would naturally absorb the rainfall from tropical storms. Since these trees were cut down, the tropical rain is no longer absorbed and pushes the sands from the island into the surrounding ocean. This process is called siltation. Siltation carries dirt into the water and creates a miasma of mud which settles on top of coral reefs. This can prove disastrous for the fragile coral when the pressure of the mud is too great. Many coral reefs around Easter Island have collapsed or suffocated from deposits of dirt enshrouding them. Siltation can also kill fish and other marine life that rely on the coral for sustenance and shelter. The devastation of these coral reefs is significant because coral reefs provide a habitat for thousands of species necessary for the planet’s survival. Also, runoff from the island can create algae blooms which compete with natural coral growths and inhibit natural biodiversity. Additionally, the silt runoff can obscure and destroy some remnants of the ancient Rapa Nui civilization.
The Cousteau Society is planting almost a million and a half trees and is supplementing this with an education program for kids and adults. This program will teach the native inhabitants how best to care for their natural environment and prevent more deforestation. The plan is estimated to take around six years to complete. Jacques Cousteau once said after visiting the island, “Alone in the middle of the big Ocean, Easter Island is like planet Earth alone in the middle of the big Universe.” Please show the Cousteau Society that their efforts are much appreciated and that we stand by them in their work to save the environment and help the Earth.
Dear President Francine CuMembers of the Cousteau Society,
I sincerely thank you for your vigorous efforts to restore the suffering environment of Easter Island. This island has been ecologically damaged for decades by deforestation and erosion. These things, as you know, lead to harmful runoff into the ocean that can kill coral and marine life.
Without the trees to absorb the rain, the sands are pushed over the cliffs into the water, suffocating coral reefs and the millions of beings which reside within them. The Cousteau Society’s plan to plant 1,400,000 trees on Easter Island is very heartening and commendable. We want you to know that your efforts are appreciated and recognized. Thank you for working to save and restore the Earth.
[Your Name Here]
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