Saturday, December 5, 2009

Day 80 - Dec. 4

life guard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 minutes
estimated pounds of trash collected today - 1.4
estimated pounds of trash collected to date - 349.05
What's up wasabi?!!! Yummy chips. Well, there is a meeting in downtown LA this Thursday to:

" The LA regional water quality control board is considering adding a zero trash total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Los Angeles River as part of the municipal stormwater permit. If passed, it would be a huge victory for the environmental community and significant step in controlling and preventing marine debris from entering our ocean."

I'll be there, and if you are interested in going just leave me a message in the comment section at the
end of this post.

I have to confess that I am a little out of step with my blog/project. Last week I only collected twice. I feel the need to re-energize my efforts. I think that stamina is important when I look at the goal I have set for myself with The Daily Ocean. I'm hoping that if I cop to my displeasure with my efforts here, I'll be able to get back on track a little more. Let's see.
I'd like to highlight a blogger and her blog that I think is realistic and effective in her continuing efforts. That is Beth Terry of Fake Plastic Fish. Check it out!
Dianna Cohen, one of the founders of Plastic Pollution Coalition, sent me a link to an article about how CU Boulder has begun discussing banning plastic bottled from their campus. They have also installed "Hydration Stations" for students to fill up their reusable water bottles. Anyone remember water fountains? Sounds like the same thing to me, and a good idea.
Here's the link to read more
G2 Gallery in Venice on Abbot Kinney has some seriously beautiful wildlife photography. Sat. night they had a benefit to help The Last Straw fundraise for their mission to go to the North and South Atlantic Gyre, a speaking tour down the east coast, build a boat from plastic straws and sail it across the English Channel and down the Siene and do this all in two and a half years. Anna Cummins and Dr. Marcus Erikson have started an organization called Living Legacy and this will be their first project. They have a cool new website too called 5gyres.

Anyway, G2 Gallery gives 100% of its proceeds from the sale of the artwork and photography to help environmental organizations. Cool place! Here's a link