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How I Sea: Bella’s Challenge

Source: The TerraMar Project - September 13, 2017 in Junior Editors, TMP

How I Sea: Bella’s Challenge
Photo: Bella Burgemeister

Hi my name is Bella and I am 11 years old. I come from Dalyellup in Western Australia. We are lucky to live right on the ocean and in the Tuart Forest – we have the best of both worlds.

I am passionate about marine life and our coral reefs and am greatly concerned by the amount of plastic in our oceans and the coral bleaching killing off our underwater forests. I am Co-President of Millennium Kids, Climate-KIC’s youngest member in the world, I am a Foster Sister, I love climbing trees and playing sports.

Check out: ‘Bella’s Challenge’ – a kid’s take on the 17 UN goals for sustainable development

What inspired you to write your book? And which of the 17 UN Global Goals is the most important to you?

I watched The World’s Largest Lesson by Malala and knew I wanted to help. I knew that if kids understood The Global Goals then they could start to take action for our Planet so I wanted to help tell as many kids as I can. My book is a tool that I use to go into schools and talk with the students about changing their ways for our Community and the Planet. Every Global Goal is just as important as the next.

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Photo: Bella Burgemeister

How do you think your book can help other kids learn about these issues around the world?

I think my book is helping kids think like a Global Citizen. It helps them understand that we all have a problem and need to be a world team to fix it. Our Planet needs all of us! It lets kids know that small actions taken by many people can make a big difference.

Do you think young people today are more or less engaged in protecting the health of the planet than older generations?

We need to have intergenerational partnerships to make these Global Goals possible. Global Goal #17 is partnership for the goals and means it is important to work with as many people for our Planet. I am part of a global team. I am part of a movement that is making change. We are a team from all around the world working to make our futures better. Together is how we bring change!

What do you think is the biggest threat to the world’s oceans? 

Plastic pollution is killing our water ways, marine life, sea birds and slowly poisoning us. Plastic pollution in our oceans is deadly and needs action immediately and processes put in place to recover from the damage already done. 2/3’s (roughly 70%) of oxygen for our Planet comes from tiny phytoplankton plants in the ocean and is slowly being killed by plastics and even deadlier is the microplastics which are invading all aspects of our oceans and marine life.

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Photo: Ellmax Photos

What’s one everyday thing that you think people could do better to help protect the ocean?

Say no to PLASTIC! Refuse, Refuse, Refuse! Ask yourself how you can have a plastic free life for your health and your Planets health. No to plastic bags, no to takeaway coffee cups, no to plastic straws and no to plastic drink bottles. Just say NO.

How I Sea is a new effort by The TerraMar Project to dive into the minds of our global ocean community. We highlight opinions on conservation issues such as: marine pollution, overfishing, drilling, climate change, marine protected areas, scientific discoveries, and much more. Stay tuned for more.

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