By Oliver Lazenby
Katie Krofta, a Blaine resident and Lynden Christian High School senior, won $250 in an international video contest last month for a video about ocean health.
Krofta submitted her video to a contest organized by Population Connection, a nonprofit that addresses population issues through outreach and education.
Last year, the earth’s population grew by about 280 people per minute, according to the Population Reference Bureau. That’s roughly the combined population of Blaine and Birch Bay every hour, and more than the population of Whatcom County added to the planet daily.
Population Connection’s contest asks middle and high school students to make a one-minute video about how population growth worsens problems with ocean health, climate change and rapid urbanization.
Krofta’s animated video, “I Think This World is Worth Saving,” was one of two honorable mentions in the ocean health category. Krofta heard about the contest in her world issues class and, since she lives near the beach, the ocean category was a natural fit.
“The ocean has always been a part of my life,” she said in a press release. “I always go boating to the islands and I see the trash that washes up on the shore.”
Krofta’s video sums up the problems of ocean acidification and pollution and how they affect humans. It also offers some ways for individuals to help with the problem, including recycling, composting and reducing plastic use.
Nearly 3,000 students from 45 countries and 48 U.S. states entered the contest. A panel of 33 judges, including high school and college educators, filmmakers and experts in the topics, selected the finalists, according to
Watch Krofta’s video online at worldof7billion.org.