Thursday, March 25, 2010

Day 107 - March 24

life guard station 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 minutes
2.1 pounds
427.4 pounds
Today we showed the movie TAPPED at Santa Monica High School, and wouldn't you know it, the first kind of trash that I found on the beach was a PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE.

fun fact I learned from TAPPED: if you leave your water bottle in the sun, then drink the water in it, you have an even greater risk of leaching Benzene, a known carcinogen, into the water you are about to drink. Hmmm.......bottled water is supposed to be a "healthy choice" right?

No, turns out that your paying for tap water (40% of all bottled water comes from a municipal source) that then comes to you in a plastic bottle that leaches cancer causing chemicals into it.

Oh, but not before you pay an 1000% mark up for this now contaminated tap water.....
Talk about total insaninty!!! Reminds me of the tobaco industry.
Plastic....check out this blog that I really like with a link to a cool video about the, "The Story of Bottled Water." - LESS PLASTIC MORE LIFE - started by:

This is a graphic picture of shark fins gathered after the brutal practice of Shark Finning.
Let's put an end to this insanity, shall we?

It was very dark by 7:08 when I arrived at the beach. I felt exhilirated after seeing TAPPED with 125+/- people, but I have to say it is easy to feel as dark as this weather about the future of our environment when I come to terms with the size of the David and Goliath fight we have on our hands against plastic pollution.

What's the option though?
There is none, and so as my friend and co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition
Manueal Maqueda says, "Onward!!!!!"

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