Sunday, September 27, 2015
Sharks. Dun Dun Dun......
Hello Reader! I'm Maddie and I would like to call myself an activist. It all began a long time ago in the distant past... 2010. I was six years old and even then I loved our oceans and the marine animals, and I went to see the Disney movie Oceans.
You'll never guess went happened next, I sobbed in that theater. Just image little mini Maddie crying, because I saw how our actions effect our planet. I saw that through pollution, over fishing, agriculture, and global warming our oceans were dying.
That was my revolution. After that day, I did research. Like Nelson Mandela said,
"Knowledge is your most powerful weapon."
Instead of birthday gifts, I asked my guests to donate to foundations and organization (like National Geographic)
Soon after that I decided to face my fear and educate myself on... Sharks! I learned that it was completely illogical to be afraid of this fish. In fact you are more likely to die from taking a selfie. I know, your favourite pass time is more deadly than a shark! Even being attacked by a squirrel is more likely.
We kill over a hundred million sharks a year when they kill seven. We slice off their fins and throw them back in the ocean to die a very painful death. I decided that I needed make a change.
Soon, I spoke at my first speaking engagement. It wasn't the best speech I've ever done, but I discovered my passion. I was going to raise awareness to help save our oceans.
I became the international ambassador for Afrioceans Conservation Alliance. This is an organization that help myth bust sharks, helps clean up our oceans and the most important of all educates children on the oceans and sharks.
I want to help kids understand that now matter how old or young you are, you can make a difference. I believe children are not only our future, but our present. Once we find our passion we can start changing the world.
I believe with every breathe we take, every drop of water we drink, we connected to our oceans.