I believe that our oceans are the last pure thing on this planet. The sheer strength of the waves, the power of the tides, the beauty of all the creatures within and the way the ocean connects our world leaves me breathless day after day. There is nowhere else in the world that I feel safer, yet more powerless, connected, yet so insignificant. When I am floating in the ocean, feeling the current move my body as it does, when I dive under a wall of blue and hear the rest of the wave crash around me; I don’t think I have ever felt more at peace with my surroundings. I find great comfort in the fact that no matter where I go in the world, I can find those beautiful blue waves and I will be home.
In Australia our beaches are who we are, they’re our home and our identity. It is so important for locals and tourists also to understand this and understand that it is our job as a community to keep this beautiful ecosystem clean and as untouched as possible. I am only young, but when the time comes for me to have my own children, I want them to have the opportunity to not only see but to live and experience the serenity and beauty of the ocean, the same way I have been blessed enough to do my whole life.