When Seattleites learned that they use 500 Million single-use plastic straws everyday in the US and that many end up in our ocean, someone decided enough was enough. But who...? Visit https://www.strawlessocean.org/stolen to cast your vote.
"Think about the fact that almost every object you touch every day includes at least one component that is made of plastic. Then think about the fact that almost all plastic is made from petroleum." - Ted Danson in his book Oceana https://youtu.be/fzFqELV3P3w Plastics will degrade into small pieces until you can’t see them anymore… Continue reading Plastic Problem
1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work. A few things you can do to get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take… Continue reading 10 Ways to Save the Ocean
Action: Coastal / Marine Clean Up and Documentation Next time you're on a beach or diving in the ocean, take some time to leave it better than you found it. Here are three fun steps on how you can help raise awareness about plastic pollution in our beautiful ocean! 1. Collect plastic debris using a reusable… Continue reading Coastal CleanUp
Lewis Pugh is a renowned inspirational speaker, ocean advocate and pioneer swimmer. Having swum in all five oceans - including across the North Pole - he has joined UNEP as Patron of the Oceans to try and raise the proportion of marine ecosystems under protection from one per cent to ten per cent.
Plastic. It's a perfect symbol of our lasting footprint on the Earth. Man made. Petroleum based. Global impact. Destructive. It represents our ability to turn a blind eye to the consequences of our actions in exchange for a perceived convenient lifestyle. It's everywhere ... and it needs to stop. Our addiction to plastic is a… Continue reading Making Connections – Plastic & Oil
That’s right – “Environmentalist” I’m one of those … Environmentalist – A person who broadly supports the goals of the environmental movement, "a political and ethical movement that seeks to improve and protect the quality of the natural environment through changes to environmentally harmful human activities". I’ve always been one, but I’ve never considered myself… Continue reading The “E” Word
The world's first plastic fishing company wants to rid the oceans of plastic pollution. Meet Plastic Whale. The concept is simple. First, the company fishes out plastic bottles and other debris from Amsterdam's numerous canals. Second, when enough bottles are collected, the plastic is transformed into material to make a boat. Third, the new boat is used to… Continue reading Plastic Fishing
In a water-stressed world, governments are on the lookout for a solution to declining fresh water stocks. This situation is already critical in many arid regions and will be increasingly important as we continue to witness unpredictable climate change. It is very likely that the need for fresh water will soon be considered, in the… Continue reading Is Desalination the Answer?
This is the Consequence of Climate Change in Action! Scientists with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies have given us all the more reason to take immediate action on climate change. Australia's Great Barrier Reef is dying. Scientists flew 4000 km (2486 miles), surveying 520 individual reefs and found that over 99% were… Continue reading Worst Coral Bleaching on Record