2009 International Essay Contest for Young People
Children’s Category-1st Prize
Our Sea, Our Future
(Age 11, Indonesia)
SD Kristen Kalam Kudus Ambon
In my life, there are some people that inspire me. People that come from different backgrounds, but they were in common for their spirit to fight for what they believe and made a dream come true. People who dedicated themselves to make a better world for everybody else. They are Mahatma Gandhi for his life principle of truth and non-violence, Albert Schweitzer for his cares, love and respect for all living things, Thomas Alfa Edison the great inventor of modern science, and Jacques Cousteau for his passionate love for the sea.
Sea is two-thirds of the world. I live in Ambon, the capital of Moluccas province, Indonesia, where sea is ninety three percent of the total province. Moluccas has more than ten thousand six hundred kilometers long coastal side. Indonesia has eighty one thousand kilometers long coastal side. The sea and the coastal areas play important roles in our small place. We have many kinds of dishes made from sea product. In some area fishermen grow seaweeds to export. Sea vehicles are important as transportation infrastructure. Many people are depending on the sea.
But I am surprised to see that not too many people are taking good care of the sea. Many people only take benefit from the sea but give nothing except pollutant and damages in return. It is like symbiosis of parasitism. There are a lot of garbage, especially plastic garbage are floating, cast along the coastal side and sinking at the bottom of the sea. I saw also sedimentation of the sea as the impact of deforestation which damages the beach and coastal life.
I believe we should give something good to the sea as a return thanks for all the delicious food we eat, nice pearl accessories we wear, a wonderful scene it offers, and so on. Then we can continue to get a quality of sea products and its carried benefits. It is a cycle of life of giving and receiving.
I live in the time where the world is getting old. Pollution, deforestation, green house effect, climate change, global warming, are words that I often hear. All those give direct impact to quality of life of sea creatures. I want to participate in action to minimize all of them, even though in the future I want to become an oceanographer astronaut.
Currently, there are some research on the micro algae or also known as phytoplankton, like Bacillariophyceae and Chlorophyceae. These sea products can produce bio diesel, bio ethanol, and its waste used as a fodder. There is no waste product, and minimize pollution. I want to participate in this kind of research, to find more products to replace fossil oil. They are non pollutant, support the endurance of food, benefit to use also for medical purpose and all come from the sea.
Ambon has huge potential and facilities to support me in this research, in nature, expert people, and traditional knowledge. In nature, beside the sea and the coastal areas, we get sunshine almost every day of the year for the photosynthesis process. There are laboratory and library to use in the local university, and local expert both modern and traditional to consult.
I hope by the time more people realize there is so much life support we can get from the sea, then everybody will start to treat the sea with care and responsible manner with some respect.
In the future, I am going to continue this research to the next level. There are some planets which are like earth and possible to discover as the next earth, and has a sea. Micro algae are one of the living creatures that can survive with very limited living support. Micro algae also absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. This research shall make micro algae as one of living pioneer to carry to the new earth. Some scientists believe that life has started from the sea. I believe sea is our future land. Our future life.