Since I was a child, I wondered – How deep is the sea? Why is it salty? Do sharks really eat people? What are the tiny creatures biting at you whenever you take a stroll in the beach? And so on and so forth. These questions brought me to study marine biology, and I don’t regret choosing this field even if most of the people around me ask, “Are you going to get rich there? What job are you going to land after graduating?”
Yeah, the job. A lot of people still don’t really understand the importance of marine conservation. Developing an understanding towards this is very critical, and it’s difficult given that most people are into money. Yes, the people who are into this kind of work (conservation) don’t really get high salaries. But the passion and concern for future generations can never been paid off.
We, who are involved in marine conservation, are trying to protect and preserve the ecosystems in oceans and seas; we focus on limiting human-caused damage to marine ecosystems and restoring these ecosystems after damages. We conserve vulnerable marine species even while people think resources are infinite. Some believe that the ocean is so vast that resources will never be run out, fish will never be run out, and corals are not really dying. But how can you explain those species that are critically endangered? How can you explain those species that are already extinct?
I salute all the people in conservation jobs, doing work and offering themselves for a better future. I’m grateful to those people who continue to be a part of the conservation movement, to those people who believe in us, and to my fellow young Filipinos who are about to pursue a career in helping protect our environment.