President Donald Trump added something on his priority list and that is to save our oceans. On Thursday, October 11, Trump signed the Save Our Seas Act of 2018 in a ceremony at the Oval Office of the White House.
The purpose of this bill is to allow revisions on the Marine Debris Program to require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA to take lead on ocean and land clean-up along with other organizations and agencies. It also focuses on the promotion of reducing the ‘incidence of marine debris’.
Small countries in Asia are top on the list of having too much waste thrown in the ocean and are top producers of plastic, too. While countries in the Global North dispose their waste to China for recycling. In January this year, China have stopped this saying “enough is enough.” Recycling was being done everyday as well as production of plastic. There has to be something better than this.
Pictures and videos about trash in the ocean and animals being harmed by it have been around social media for a time now and these have been disturbing for many. President Trump has been concerned about it floating back towards us. We are responsible for the pollution in the sea and we are the only ones who can solve it.
We can blame the past administration for not taking issues like this seriously. But the future generation can also do the same to today’s administration if we do not do anything about it now.
The Save Our Seas Act also aims to fund researches related to improving and developing marine ecosystems around the world. And this movement looks forward to partnering with different nations around the globe who focuses on reestablishing the oceans. While Mexico and Canada have already started addressing this issue, the president finds more motivation in cleaning up our mess on land and sea. With the help of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA and the government, we are rest assured that everything they have envisioned about will come to pass. This may be just another political act for some but this is one of the best the administration has to offer to save our oceans. Soon we will see the changes!