Dear Minister of Environment,
I am writing to you for your commitment and responsibility for the protection and preservation of your coastal and marine region of the Mediterranean Sea. I am a 32 year old Mediterranean citizen from Barcelona concerned about the state of our sea. About 3 years ago I gave up my living accommodation, and my job as an engineer in the renewables energy sector in order to accomplish not just a dream, but a project that aims to achieve the following goal: paddle on board a kayak the coastline of the 25 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, a distance longer than the perimeter of the Earth, in order to sensitize and raise awareness of the need to prevent our sea from getting into a more critical state. The destruction of our oceans and seas appears to occur faster than advances in scientific research do, so awaiting detailed biological results will be too late.
I am aware that your Ministry is already taking actions for the interest of your citizens and your future generations and I thank you for that. However other issues and needs might appear in difficult times putting the Mediterranean agenda into a second line of priority. I can imagine the complex situation counting with other 24 countries in three different continents with different cultures and probably different priorities. Nevertheless we do share, obviously not only the same planet, but our sea, which we expect to sustainably preserve as a place to live and as a resource for our development as it has been done for thousands of years.
I contacted an NGO which fits perfectly with the aim of this Mediterranean expedition. The work of OCEANA successfully achieves the recuperation of marine ecosystems all around the world and intends to keep on doing it in our sea. I will be therefore happy to spread their message along my journey to those who are unaware of the critical state of the sea and are interested in a healthier one. I will also open an account to let people donate to the project Mednet from OCEANA, which aims to increase the network of Marine Protected Areas from 4% to 12% of the total Mediterranean Sea. This will result in a more effective recuperation of its ecosystems and habitats.
Finally I will be handing over to each Ministry of Environment of every Mediterranean country that I get to visit along my journey, including my own one, this witness letter. With it I would like to kindly let you know about this project and its purpose and thereby leave the witness on board this kayak, who has encountered thousands of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline that are connected to your country, full of hope for a healthier Mediterranean Sea in the near future.
Nature is our only true home, and we should treat it as such.
Thank you for your time.
My warmest salutations,
Sergi Rodríguez Basolí & OCEANA