Yazzy to lead the Young Expertz!

Yasmine Abdu, 17, a Brit based in Oman, has joined Impactr as a leader for the Young Expertz community and will also host our youth-led Virtual Lounge series live online on Thursdays!

"I´m a student in my final year of high school. I aspire to read chemical engineering at uni soon specializing in environmental engineering. I’m very excited to see where this will take me and what impact I will have on the world!"

Why did you join Impactr?

"I was looking around for opportunities to help make a difference and change the world. I’m 17 so the more I have the better my chances for getting accepted into Cambridge. I’m planning to do chemical engineering to learn in more depth about what I can do help manage and prevent global warming and ESPECIALLY save the oceans.

After winning the UNESCO clubs youth multimedia competition due to my proposed project for saving the oceans, I felt like I can do more so I ended up on the one young world website and I found Impactr and I felt the potential for growth and success for this project was high so I joined it."

Do you have any comments for World Oceans Day?

"Without the oceans we would not have enough oxygen to support life on earth. 50% of the oxygen we breathe originates from the oceans; 2/3 solely from phytoplankton. Acidification inhibits phytoplankton survival, thus reducing the atmospheric oxygen output by 50%; suffocating the human race.

Rising ocean temperatures are causing plankton to relocate (move towards the poles), increasing the number of dead zones and reducing food security for 3.1 billion people; that's 42% of the world's population.

They help regulate our climate: when water forms ice it expels the salt. When it melts, it decreases the salinity of the oceans which slows down thermohaline circulation: the movement of ocean currents around the earth on the global conveyor belt. Increased salinity of the surface waters results in decreased evaporation. Therefore, there will be less precipitation so more droughts will occur; causing crops to fail. We will have less food to eat, and global temperatures will increase.

In short we won’t have enough oxygen to thrive so most species will go extinct, 42% of world’s population won’t be supported (jobs, medicine, food, tourism), the oceans is what allowed more complex organisms like us to evolve, they control the climate, provide us with medicines and protect our coastlines by coastal ecosystems for free.

By emitting less carbon dioxide we will have less of it dissolving in the oceans to form carbonic acid, lowering ocean pH levels and wiping out several species. Likewise with using less plastic less of it breaks down and released its toxic chemicals lowering ocean pH and contaminating our food.

Marine debris such as plastics include block the sunlight, resulting in a lowered absorption of the sun's infrared radiation. Consequently, 90 gigatons of carbon will no longer be absorbed but will instead, build up in the atmosphere exacerbating warming; melting polar ice caps, increasing ocean acidity, reducing biodiversity and increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather."

Catch Yasmine every Thursday at the Impactr Virtual Lounge

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