This I Believe Podcast and Online Deliberation

Here’s the final podcast! I believe that when faced with difficult circumstances, it is the small gestures of kindness by others that go a long way.


Online Deliberation:

It took me a while to decide on something that I wanted to do, but I finally came up with an idea. Last semester, I took Oceanography, and we learned about issues with the ocean and how humans are destroying it. There are all types of things that we as humans contribute to like invasive species, destruction of natural habitats, overfishing, pollution, chemical pollution, eutrophication and a lack of predators, etc. The list goes on and on. While some humans are working on ways to stop these things from further harming our oceans, most continue to harm them, often without realizing the results of their actions.

The blog I found is from the New York Times and it’s called Green. Coming from the New York Times, it has plenty of comments. It focuses on all aspects of our environment and how we can keep it a safer place, and take care of it. I would like to focus on ocean issues specifically, what the problems are, what we’re doing about it, and how we can fix it.

This particular post is about overfishing and how the Pacific Bluefin Tuna population has plummeted in recent years. The fisheries scientists’ assessment shows the Pacific Bluefin population has declined by more than 96 percent from its unfished level. Not only does overfishing affect the specific species of fish, but it also disrupts the entire food chain.

The top nations contributing to overfishing of the tuna are Japan and Mexico, but the United States is not in the clear either. The world as a whole contributes to these issues, when really we should all be working together to take care of them, as the oceans are important to all of us.

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