Bulgarian Student Recognized for Best Essay on Ocean Protection in the World

Alexander Paskalev, a student at "Albert Einstein" Secondary school in Sofia, amazed the scientists with his essay "We can save the world's oceans, seas and marine resources by 2030" in the 2018 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate. The most creative essays that have received prizes are sent to the UN Secretary-General.

Among the 700 students from 54 countries, the essay of the Bulgarian boy managed to impress the jury and he was invited to Victoria, Seychelles, as 2018 is the year of the reefs, to take part in a school debate with the other finalists (the children between from first to tenth place in the competition).

At the Children's Conference, the participants were divided into four groups representing the government, citizens, businesses, and scientists respectively.

Alexander was part of the scientists where he offered interesting and practical ideas:

- Sea farms for various fish along the coast to avoid fishing.
- Conservation of the cleanliness of the oceans to be regulated by law
- Reducing carbon dioxide levels because 1/3 of it gets into the sea
- Solar prices drop in order to live more sustainably, etc.

Alexander was chosen as the Ambassador of children in a meeting-debate with the real representatives of the science sector, the business, and the government. He explained more creative ideas such as ozone clouds, replacing the ozone layer; garbage-eating fish; a magnet for plastics named "plastnet", sonar boats for different polluters, and more.

The most dangerous thing about the oceans is plastic, in his opinion, because it breaks down slowly and when it enters the seas, the animals confuse it with food and die because of eating it.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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