Healthy Oceans Blog

Welcoming New HOC Staff: TJ Bordoshuk, Spring Intern!

The Healthy Oceans Coalition is excited to announce our newest team member, TJ Bordoshuk. TJ is the new Healthy Oceans Coalition Spring Intern, he'll be responsible for helping grow the Healthy Oceans Coalition and will work with our team to support and advocate for policies that protect and conserve the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.

TJ is a senior at Aurora University, studying Parks and Recreation Leadership with a primary interest is in helping shape public policy regarding our outdoor recreational resources.

We sat down with TJ and asked him a few questions to help everyone get to know him better:

What drew you to a career in conservation?
What drew me to a life of conservation was experiencing the beauty nature has to offer, as well as the destruction humans can have on it. I’ve seen plastic bags and water bottles floating 100-miles from shore while working as a commercial fisherman off the coast of California. As a ranch-hand and horse trainer, I watched horse pastures go from beautiful, lush, green grass to a dusty mixture of rock and dirt in the increasingly common droughts of the West. Through these unconventional work experiences, I observed first-hand the effects that humans on the environment and decided that, although I’m only one person, I do have the ability to create some positive change.

What do you love about the ocean and/or Great Lakes?
What I love about the ocean is the calming effect water has on the mind and body. I love the smell of the salty air and the rhythmic sounds of waves crashing. Since humans have only explored about 5 percent of the ocean, I also love the mystery and possibilities the ocean holds.

What are some of your favorite ways to connect with the outdoors?
One of my favorite ways to connect with the outdoors is cooking over a bonfire. I love the simplicity of it, and I feel like an explorer in the wild even if I’m just in my backyard with some friends.

What about joining the Healthy Oceans Coalition team excites you the most?
What excites me the most about joining Healthy Oceans Coalition is that I have the opportunity to work on policy that can create real, lasting change for the protection of the environment. Groups like HOC will be the ones to sway public opinion about the importance of a healthy environment and steer us into a better future.

In your opinion, what are the most pressing environmental challenges we’re faced with?
In my opinion, the most pressing environmental challenge we face is non-sustainable energy creation and consumption. We are literally digging up the ground beneath our feet and at some point, entire regions of the world will be inhabitable as a result.

What are you hopeful for in 2020 and beyond?
In 2020, I am hopeful that we see stronger environmental policy from state and federal government. I am also hopeful that environmental change becomes a main priority for the average citizen.