A source that particularly stood out for me is an article by Sharon Marris, a news reporter for Sky News, and the article is titled, “Sir David Attenborough: Sea plastic's impact on albatross is 'heartbreaking.’” To be more precise, it wasn’t the article that stood out for me, but the video clip attached, which is of Sir David Attenborough addressing what he saw single-handedly in regard to Albatross and plastic on the beach, while filming Blue Planet. Sir David Attenborough, a very important broadcaster and natural historian, is my first character and his importance is his recognition of how plastic pollution really does have a direct affect to seabirds. In the video clip, Attenborough states how he saw an Albatross feeding its chick (baby), and what he saw was not food going into the baby’s mouth- but plastic.
Another source that stood out for me is apart of the Environmental Reviews Journal, by Jennifer F. Provencher, Alexander L. Bond, & Mark L. Mallory (2014), titled “Marine birds and plastic debris in Canada: a national synthesis and a way forward.” This research article stood out for me as it directly addresses my main argument which is “Why is plastic pollution such a danger to seabirds located in the Great Lakes?” The authors of the article are all of scholarly background. Provencher has a PhD in Biology and now currently works for Canadian Wildlife Service (Provencher, 2017), Bond is an ecologist and conservation biologist who specializes on marine birds (Bond, n.d.), and Mallory is an associate professor at Acadia University in the Biology department (“Mark L Mallory,” n.d.).
These characters are evident as they are experts in their field. I would consider their work to be a good source as their knowledge and experience in their fields not only allow for research to back up their argument, however, their first-hand experience also assures me that they are not a bias source. These characters tie together as they are both in relation to seabirds- and plastic in marine environments. These characters have the outlook that plastic is indeed impacting marine life, rather than claiming the opposite. They fit well with my episode topic as they provide both evidence and insight to the situation, and explain the impacts and dangers.
Bond, A. (n.d.). Applied Conservation and Biology. Retrieved from https://alexanderbond.org/
“Mark L Mallory.” (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark_Mallory
Marris, S. (October 20, 2017). Sir David Attenborough: Sea plastic's impact on albatross is 'heartbreaking.’ Retrieved from https://news.sky.com/story/sir-david-attenborough-sea-plastics-impact-on-albatross-is-heartbreaking-11052475
Provencher, J. (2017). Jennifer Provencher. Retrieved from http://jenniferprovencher.com/
Provencher, J. F., Bond, A. L., & Mallory, M.L. (July 16, 2014). Marine birds and plastic debris in Canada: a national synthesis and a way forward. Environmental Reviews, 23(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1139/er-2014-0039