Union City, CA
2017, High School, Art
Ever since I was little, I heard about how humans improved life and how fortunate we were compared to those who lived long ago. However, as I grew older and saw more of our world, I couldn’t help but see the lives we destroyed to improve our own. There was deforestation and mass extinction in many places. Then one day, I learned about oil spills. It was during 2010 when the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico released 200 million gallons of oil into the ocean. Many pictures of oil-covered seabirds and other wildlife filled news screens as they reported one of the biggest oil leaks in history. I’m a major advocate for the conservation of waterfowl. Seeing so many of them in such a miserable state sparked both sadness for the victims and anger for the irresponsibility of the guilty party. As I learned more about ocean pollution, I felt increasingly responsible to help protect ocean wildlife.