Tulane University is putting up $1 million to the person(s) who can not only come up with the best idea to solve the hypoxia crisis, but who can actually solve this growing environmental problem. The fact that this prestigious university is stepping up to put $1 million on the table when there are so many urgent issues going on in the economy today is letting the world know that they believe hypoxia is, indeed, a serious issue that will affect world.
Much of the public is not aware of what hypoxia is and how it will possibly affect the food that they eat. As explained in Gulf Hypoxia, hypoxia is when nutrient rich fresh water from the Mississippi River creates a surface lens of algae. The algae are consumed by phytoplankton. The phytoplankton digests the algae for growth that naturally turn into fecal matter. The phytoplankton begins to die and sink to the bottom of the river with the fecal matter. As it decomposes by bacteria, it sucks the oxygen out of the water. All living organisms unable to move to fresh water with sufficient oxygen to live eventually die. Hypoxia, also known as “dead zone,” is reportedly causing fish out of the Gulf of Mexico to die.
Tulane University, located in New Orleans, Louisiana, is answering the call to the Obama Administration who has been encouraging companies, foundations, and university research departments to unite in solving some very pressing issues. Pressing issues that, if left without a solution, could possibly grow into a nationwide disaster. New Orleans is a town known for its rich, decadent dishes. Thousands of tourists travel for miles for an authentic Creole or Cajun cuisine. Such dishes as seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, and shrimp creole rely on the succulent life that is fished out of the freshwater of the Gulf of Mexico.
Hypoxia not only affects the state of Louisiana but many of the world’s coastal areas. Philanthropist Phyllis Taylor of the Patrick Taylor Foundation is partnering with Tulane University in rewarding any individual(s) $1 million who can solve this urgent environmental issue. According to the University Herald, Taylor said her family’s legacy was built off of taking risk in entrepreneurial ventures that comes from innovation. Taylor goes on to report that it is innovators who will solve hypoxia. Many question why a $1 million reward is the drive to challenge entrepreneurs to want to save their environment.
Nature World News reports Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain is quite impressed with the investment into saving environmental issues that affect the world. He believes the greatest minds need to come together at the round table to make things happen. Much of the world relies on the consumption of healthy fish and seafood. If throwing a cool million to motivate forward thinkers to execute saving wild life that effect the nutrients fed into growing families, many would say why not. Philanthropists, with their healthy bank accounts and heart of gold, could possibly be the answer to unemployment, homelessness, education, and so many other issues plaguing the country. Though many see money as the root to evil, others believe the lack of money is the root to evil. Tulane University shelling out $1 million to possibly solve hypoxia, much of the 1 percent understand that with money…nothing is unpredictable.
Editorial by Meleika Gardner