Ocean Acidification Education Project

 

The Ocean Acidification Education Project (OAEP) strives to educate individuals and organizations on their impact on ocean acidification and the Puget Sound.

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Mission

Mission

The OAEP strives to educate individuals and organizations on their impact on ocean acidification and the Puget Sound. The social objective of the OAEP is to education individuals and corporations on their impact on ocean acidification, focusing on residents of Washington State. The legal goal of the OAEP is to influence lawmakers to implement stricter and more effective methods of carbon dioxide emission reduction. To achieve this, we must utilize massive letter campaigns. In educating individuals and organizations, we hope they will take effective measures to reduce their carbon footprint(s). We hope that fishing companies will implement more energy-saving engines and boats, such as the Steyr Hybrid Marine Engine. Also, individuals can help by utilizing mass public transport, electric and/or energy efficient appliances, such as the METRO for bus transport, and ENERGY STAR appliances. Our goal is to increase public transport boardings to 110 million, surpassing the 2009 record of 107,706,514 boardings. Eventually, we will check to see our progress through inquiring the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, to see if the acidity in Puget Sound has increased, decreased, or remained the same. The ultimate goal is to decrease the acidity or at least prevent the acidity from increasing in Puget Sound.

Steps to realize those goals:

Green= Step Completed

1. Write to local (council members and mayors) , state (governor, senator) , and national (president) government expressing concerns over ocean acidification.

2. Establish contacts within corporations and organizations, educate them on Ocean Acidification. Examples included Trident Seafoods, Sound Publishing (newspaper), and various restaurants.

3. Expand current website and plan educational materials, update when necessary.

4. Design charts (timelines, flowcharts, etc.), flyers, and brochures. Print the materials.

5. Establish ties with Environment Clubs at multiple schools around the Seattle –area. Send them educational materials and assign an area for them to educate.

6. Attend Green Festival, an expo on earth-friendly products/services, as an exhibitor. Have attendees sign a petition and educate them on Ocean Acidification, through games and activities.

7. Submit petition to local officials, state lawmakers, and national figures.

8. Check back with corporations to see if any significant changes were made.

9. Collaborate with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the Pacific Science Center to examine research on current oceanic acidity.

 

Below are some organizations that the OAEP has teamed up with, who have similar missions/ideologies.

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Why get Involved?

Why does it matter?

From a practical standpoint, occean acidification drastically impacts Washington's economy. If effective actions are not taken, the populations of fish, shellfish, and the entire ocean ecosystem will suffer. Below are some of the activities that many people enjoy.

WE MAY LOOSE THESE CHERISHED ACTIVITIES TO OCEAN ACIDIFICATION.

  1. Fishing, both commerical and recreational - Ocean acidification causes the shells of shellfish to deteriorate, rendering them vulnerable to the hostile envrionment. The populations of fish that depend on those shellfish for food will die off, due to the lack of a sustainable food source.
  2. Seafood Restaurants - With decreased populations of shellfish and marine animals, seafood restaurants will have a harder time finding large quantities of high quality seafood. This causes them to raise prices for the consumers, due to an increased price for the raw seafood.
  3. Coral Reefs/ Scooba Diving - Ocean acidification doesn't just affect seafood. It also deteriorates the coral reefs and leads to slowed reef-building. Eventually, coral reefs could become extinct. This also affects the tourism businesses that depend on the coral reefs.
  4. Local Economy/ Jobs - With less fish and shellfish for fishermen to catch, fishing companies will be forced to layoff employees due to a lack of work to be done. Also, since the fish that are caught are of less quality and quantity, their market price is lower, leading to lowered profits. The fishing companies will loose money, forcing them to cut back on certain aspects of business, or laying off workers.
  5. Land Animals/ Other Animals - Many animals depend on fish and shellfish for food, such as otters and various species of birds. With decreased populations of their food sources, the populations of these land animals will decrease as well. You may think of it as a "Domino Effect".

How can YOU help?

  1. Sign the OAEP's petition on change.org, and invite others to do so as well!
  2. Spread the word about Ocean Acidification, and feel free to distribute materials at social gatherings. Refer others to www.protectpugetsound.org for more information.
  3. Voice your opinion to your local policy makers, state officials, and businesses.
  4. Join the Eco effort by supporting eco-friendly businesses and local farmers. Shop at farmer's markets whenever possible, and purchase goods from companies with eco-friendly policies/ideologies.
  5. Send an email to OAEP@protectpugetsound.org and ask for volunteer oppertunities. The OAEP is looking for passionate individuals willing to represent the OAEP at the 2012 Seattle Green Festival and other conferences/expos.

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Contact Information

Contact Information

Email is the best form of communication. Normally, responses will be sent between 1-2 business days.

Email: OAEP@protectpugetsound.org

 

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