Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been in love with the ocean and all that lives within it. I was three when I first moved from Connecticut to Miami and even up there in the cold I discovered a growing love for the sea as my mom would take me to the aquarium three to four times a week. When I moved to Miami, I shifted aquariums. When I went to the Miami Seaquarium and saw the beautiful orca that they had named Lolita, my love and passion for the ocean was sealed. I don’t know what it was about her that had me so mesmerized, I just know that as I grew up and came to understand the situation in which she had been living in my whole life, my point of view changed. Knowing that she wasn’t where she belonged, knowing that she had been torn from her family it sparked something in me. Lolita’s life was the first thing I had ever said I wanted to change. I had always hoped for her to be set free even though I knew she wouldn’t survive in the wild, so since I couldn’t change her fate I had wanted to change the fate of other whales like her. Today, things are different and orcas can no longer be caught or bred in captivity in the United States, but that in no way has affected my view of things.
Mahatma Gandhi once said “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” That’s what I want to do, I want to be that change. It’s no secret that my greatest passion is for the ocean but I love the environment as a whole as well. Things like pollution, animal captivity, deterioration of the Everglades, coral reef bleaching, shark finning, global warming, sea level rise, whale hunting, all these things and much more have always sparked emotions inside of me. I’ve always said that I want to be part of the change that will make this world a better place. For me, Agents of Change is a chance to make a difference, to have an influence on matters I am truly passionate about. It is a chance for me to have a voice and make an impact.