"...you can’t harvest apples if you don’t plant the apple seed and protect it from harmful substances or people..."
“It’s not about being bored in the holidays anymore, it’s about having an interest and seeking knowledge in the Unknown fields in the Blue Economy” –JW
Joshua sofola. That my name! I’m 17 years old and currently studying at the School of Advanced Level Studies. My interests are widely ranged; from performing arts to the awesome science behind everything.
A few months ago I applied to be part of an internship program about the Blue Economy: prosperity and environment. The selecting process was done and luckily, I was selected to be part of the enthusiastic group of 21 youth, aged 16-29 years old. A company/firm or an organisation was chosen for us (according to our interest and skills) to be part of, for 2 weeks in the December holidays. (Hands on experience.)
Okay. Before I skip to explaining about the company that I was placed at, I feel the need to explain what the Blue Economy is…No! It’s okay. I don’t mind, I love this concept.
The Blue Economy in simple terms. (Yes. There’s the complicated version, and I wasn’t given enough words to write the complicated version) back to the point! The Blue Economy is a balance between my, your, our everyday consumption and the benefits the ocean provides, but it should be used with moderation and consideration. In ‘land’ terms it means: you can’t harvest apples if you don’t plant the apple seed and protect it from harmful substances or people.
The threats that the ocean faces in Seychelles (I feel like I should mention this as a future ‘conservationist’) is plastic bags, which is luckily being banned in 2017 ‘thumbs up to SIDS Youth AIMS Hub; enthusiastic youth that cares about the well-being of the environment and anything related to sustainable development- An inspiring group of people’ other threats include pollution (big surprise), overfishing, poaching and many more.
You’re probably wondering if I’m lost about what I’m talking about. (I don’t think so) An awesome person actually did tell us that we should have a plan for our blogs…Petro Seychelles (yeah that’s where I was getting to)
Petro Seychelles is about oil exploration in the Seychelles waters. They make sure that operations within the Seychelles waters (by operations I mean, the big, huge, humongous tankers that are granted an exploration, license) are within standards. I want to give you a history lesson about Petro Seychelles but I feel like, if you’re still awake when you heard the word history your eyes started to droop. It’s a short history!!! I promise…Petro Seychelles was part of SEYPEC as SNOC-Seychelles National Oil Company, then in March 2012 they became petro Seychelles (the company is in the SEYPEC building!)
Okay…I’ve told you about myself. I’ve talked about the Blue Economy. I talked about SYAH. I’ve talked about Petro Seychelles…what’s next? Oh yeah!!! What do I do at Petro Seychelles? My work Station is in the library. I learned the basic in Geology and Geologic timescale- not like that of our time. Then I learned about how awesome rocks can be! (I’ll go into more details about this in my Vlog- Video Blog)
Before I go…I want to thank everyone who made this possible; the British High Commission, SYAH- Kalsey, Anthea and Angelique. It’s because of their devotion and passion that the Blue Economy will thrive with future ambassadors and entrepreneurs.
Thanks for reading (if you made it to the bottom) cheers, until my next blog!