Dear Madam Secretary, Please Help Sharks


The Honorable Penny Pritzker
Secretary of Commerce

Dear Madam Secretary,

My Name is Jonah Bryson, and I am a 15-year-old American who is concerned about his future and the future of our planet. I have devoted much of my time and passion to making the world a better place. And at this point in time, with what we know, I am shocked that policy-makers still allow others to contribute to the extinction of species and depletion of biodiversity.

I have great appreciation for the work NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has done in fighting climate change and for gathering great data that allows people to understand the current status of our world. Therefore, they must know about the depletion of shark, that their population has diminished by over 90%, and that they are crucial to the health of our oceans -- our life support system. Like Dr. Sylvia Earle often says: "No oceans, no life. No blue, no green".

I've recently learned that NOAA has agreed to allow shark killing once again off the shores of Florida. If this is true, I am utterly shocked and disappointed that such a decision was made. I really don't want these great animals to vanish -- animals that the older generation took for granted, and mine will never get to truly know, besides in history books.

To the best of my knowledge, you have the power to cancel NOAA's decision and help protect my future. You have the power to allow these wonderful creatures to swim safely and keep contributing to the health of our world. They are much more useful to us alive, than dead. You have the power to be a hero. To be change that people want to see in the world.

Let's have a formal discussion and talk about this. If you have the power to make decisions that will shape my very own future, it's only fair that you and your team listen to my generation's concerns. Because in the end, I among millions of others will have to live with the decisions people in charge make today.

So let's talk, and make the world a better place. I feel very strongly about this issue, and many others do as well. Let's work together. It'd be greatly appreciated.

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I look forward to hearing back from your team to set up a call at your earliest opportunity. It's never too late to make a difference.

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." ― Mahatma Gandhi

Jonah Bryson

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