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When Katie Day says she helps protect the ocean, sometimes it's hard to fathom how big that job is. As the staff scientist for the Surfrider Foundation, Day has to reckon with both rising world temperatures on the macro and blocked access to a single public beach on the micro. Basically, if it's an issue that's adversely affecting a coastal body of water, its health, or people's ability to experience it, Day is on the job.
The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches, and the organization empowers local communities to take action to meet these ends. But there has to be a scientific basis to this advocacy, and that's where Day comes in: using her myriad skills in the field of environmental science to address root causes of pollution, to name just one example, and translating problems and solutions back to the coastal dwellers who can take political or conservation action through tangible steps. Hear more from the staff scientist in the video above.
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