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Ocean Pollution

Photo Credit: NOAAOne of the most pressing issues the oceans are facing is pollution. Ocean pollution happens in many different ways such as nutrient and pesticide runoff, oil spills, plastic, sewage, toxic chemical pollution, radioactive discharge and more. This pollution kills marine life, collapses fisheries, and the toxins can even be transferred to livestock, through feed, which humans end up consuming. The pollution in the oceans is causing a great imbalance, which may be irreversible.

Scientists estimate that 50% to 85% of oxygen in the atmosphere comes from the ocean, specifically from an organism called phytoplankton. If that much oxygen is coming from the oceans, don’t we need to do all we can to protect the oceans? By protecting the oceans we are not just protecting the species in the oceans, but ourselves as well.

Please check out our campaigns for actions, petitions and ideas on how YOU can combat ocean pollution. We highly recommend watching the documentary “Bag it” to learn more about plastic pollution to our environments. Reducing your use of plastic items will significantly help the oceans. Please visit our Blue Living Pledge campaign page for simple and easy actions to help!

Alex Lewis-Dorer

Alex Lewis-Dorer is a 27 year old activist. Having watched The Cove during its initial release and learning about the capture practices and the dangers of captivity, she felt compelled to stand up and voice her concerns to others. Since then she has dedicated her time and energy to working towards educating others about ocean conversation. In 2012 Alex joined forces with Wendy Brunot to have a lone killer whale named Shouka, moved to an alternate marine park to be with other orcas. Following the news of a planned Beluga Whale import, Alex hosted a protest in Atlanta In July 2012 together with Free the Atlanta 11 and GARP which attracted significant attention to the issues behind such an initiative. Alex has also played a large part in being a strong voice against Marineland, Canada, holding a demo at the facility in May 2014 in honor of Kiska, Canada’s last captive whale. She has dedicated much of her time to bringing attention to Marineland’s suffering animals. She also voices her concerns over many other captive marine faculties and lends her hand on campaigns regarding this issue. Alex’s love is not limited to cetaceans – she sees the beauty in all marine life. She is excited to be part of the movement that will end captivity for all marine mammals. Alex is also a proud team member for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project.

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