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SEA Currents: SSV Corwith Cramer

July 29, 2016

Industry and Extinction

Donovan Mierlak and Charlotte Hankin, Montclair High School and Kimbel Union Academy

SEA Semester

Creature feature presentations, given on Saturday. Above: Brielle Michener. Below: Jacques Slaughter.

Today was a quite day at S.E.A, as we mostly stayed in class, learning about Ocean Management with Carl, and the South China Sea. It rained on and off, creating interesting opportunities for us to play capture the flag during free time. Our class also participated in a management lab of a hypothetical tropical island. Groups debated and talked about the industries we were assigned to, including the creation of high-end hotels and shipping terminals, and how they affect the marine waterfront. Each group had a different infrastructure to create and manage on the island, while also having to come to compromises with other group productions over land ownership and environmental impact. Additionally, each group equally depended on the other, so agreements had to be made to sustain the industrial development of the island.

After dinner, our class headed up to madden to watch an academic movie recommended by one of our classmates. The movie, "Chasing Extinction," was about the human race's impact on global warming and the increase of carbon emissions to our ecosystem. "Chasing Extinction" illustrated the hundreds of species dying out to the warming of the earth and large endangered species trade in China. By using projected imagery, the film crew was able to visualize the changing earth into slides that would be projected onto the buildings of New York. The projected pictures and facts had a huge impact on people all around the globe, and showed our race the truth about the warming climate, and the damage it does to our oceans and the vast marine life of our planet. The movie taught us that someone has to take a stand for these species, and to never give up on the earth, as it is the very thing that keeps us alive. The quote from the movie, "It's better to light one candle than curse the darkness," inspired us to make a change in the world for the future, and pursue our interests in marine science, as studying these animals will maybe be the one thing that saves them from the changing climate.

After the movie, we shifted gears into study hall, where students had a chance to continue their work on Creature Feature presentations and the New Bedford Whaling Museum assignment about our wonderful field trip yesterday.

-Donovan and Charlotte

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