Sequoia Sun, Age, going on 19, 10/13/19
Interview conducted in Combermere Ontario
What is your favorite part of living on a sail boat?
The freedom to travel and jump in the ocean at any time. I don’t have to pay rent, learn from the earth and meet a lot of interesting people.
What is your least favorite part of living on a sailboat?
The work to maintain a boat is never ending. You fix things once and over do it only to fix it again in a few years. It is like having an 8 day a week 26 hour a day job. You are always planning ahead to anticipate the next potential maintenance issue and worrying about how to pay for it all. You are always in the office.
Do you have a favorite place to eat?
I have dozens. It is difficult for me to pick one. In the US Virgin Islands there is a restaurant in Coral Bay on St Johns.
Is there a place you like to visit, a secret spot you would be willing to share that people should visit?
Yes I have a secret spot. There is a place in Canyonlands National Park in Utah. You drive 26 miles on sandy washes into the most scenic beach I have ever been to. It is located deep within a canyon and there is an abundance tiny worm fossils.
Do you feel climate change has impacted your area?
Climate change has impacted everywhere I go. Humans seem to plunder, pillage and rape the environment. The cumulative impact of 7.5 billion humans and our irresponsible use of fossil fuels is causing ocean acidification, coral bleaching, algae and seaweed blooms and extreme weather events. This summer in July my boat was hit by a tornado in Martha’s vineyard. The first recorded tornado in cape cod.
Do believe man has contributed to climate change?
I have seen human caused changes impacting everywhere I have visited
Have you seen changes in the amounts of types of plants, animals or sea life in your areas?
Beneath the sea I have observed notably less fish, healthy corals and sea life. The ocean is a beautiful place, where I find peace but sometime when I explore places beneath its surface I have a hard time smiling.
Is there is anything else you would like to say about climate change?
Unless we can reverse population growth, stop cutting down forests and mining and burning everything we will make the earth uninhabitable. Out current practices will lead to mass migrations, unimaginable suffering and destruction of the earth.