Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
So many exciting things to share with you in this post, but I wanted to first say that this will be my last post for a few days because I will be in Conn. for a family funeral this weekend.
This week a man named Steve Mc Pherson contacted me about his project to collect, photograph, and catalog plastic found on beaches and in marine environments. You can send him your pictures to add to his efforts too.
I am asking beach combers, foragers and anyone else to send photos and location details of interesting Marine Plastic that they find beached during their wanderings of the shores of the world.
The project aims to document the people, places and plastic that litters our coastlines, maybe along the way it will provide some interesting or useful data, as well as hopefully bringing a greater awareness of the plastic pollution of our oceans and seas.Here's his website: www.marineplastic.org
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Today I am happy to say, I was totally wrong about how much trash I was about to find when I walked out onto the beach.
Here's an excerpt from a Kiss My Country post that I found really interesting:
Thursday, April 22, 2010
But they did decide 3 things:
I think it was unanymous though that everyone was going to switch to, "one of those stainless steel reusable bottles." I told them about Kleen Kanteen and that you could find them at Whole Foods among other places. Finally - when we watched Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Long Beach, CA being interviewed walking the remote Hawaiian Beach littered with single use plastic water bottles, every one got very quiet. We live in a coastal city. This segment hit close to home.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I arrived to a 57 degree, windy beach thinking that there wouldn't be that much trash to collect tonight. Hey, there wasn't much out there anyway, just me, a runner or two, and a couple of gulls. I was wrong, there was plenty of trash....Most of it plastic, actually can't think of anything that I picked up today that wasn't made of plastic.
Which leads me to this picture. This picture is only funny - in a horrible kind of way - if you are an environmentalist. This picture was shot in a Sacramento Staples store when I traveled with Team Marine to our capital for Ocean's Day where they were honored with an Ocean Hero award. Check out their blog for more details. I have a post to come about it too!
The only thing tough enough to withstand the windy weather on the beach? Plastic bits and pieces...
After over 500 hours of filming, editing, and reviewing four years of student photos and videos, Santa Monica High School’s Team Marine completed their biggest project of the year, a 14-minute, science-based documentary - “The 10 R’s” - highlighting the global plastic crisis and ten sustainable solutions (the 10 R’s) to our single-use plastic addiction, and in general, to our negative human foot-print. Current issues covered in the film include plastic ingestion by organisms, entanglement, benthic smothering, the adsorption and release of toxic chemicals, , loss of tourism, and corporate irresponsibility.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Kiss My Country Blog has a great post up about a filmmaker named Laura Seltzer who made a movie entitled, "Last boat Out" about Chesapeake Bay. It catalogs the fishermen in the bay whose way of life is threatened by the pollution there. Very interesting, and sad. It was shown to the U.S. Congress organized by the Congressional Water Caucas. Check it out.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I've had a very full week that has led to feeling inspired, and hopeful about the state of our oceans. Don't get me wrong, the situation is grim, but taking 5 days to travel with Team Marine to Sacramento to lobby for legislation that supports our oceans, and beaches was the trip of a lifetime.
Environmental groups were out in force for Sacramento's Third Annual Ocean's Day - like Environment California. I received an email from them to a link where we can sign a petition in support of the bill passing through state congress right now to ban smoking on california state beaches.
SDSU public health researcher and CBAG Member Richard Gersberg evaluated the effects left-over cigarette butts have on marine life and found that the chemicals from just one filtered cigarette butt had the ability to kill half the fish living in a 1-liter container of water. Cigarette filters are made of cellulose-acetate, which is not biodegradable.
Roz Savage - Ocean Rower Extraordinaire - is setting off on the last leg of her Pacific Crossing to raise awareness for issues like plastic pollution in the ocean and global climate change.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Surfrider had a beach cleanup today at Tower 26 where I collect. They were out there at 9:00 a.m. so I was really interested to see how much would be there at the end of the day when Garen and I arrived at around 7:00 p.m. tonight.
Team Marine is receiving an Ocean Hero Award in Sacramento this Tues. for their Ocean's Day. They invited me to go with them which is really exciting! We leave tomorrow morning very, very early to bee line for the capitol. We'll be lobbying for various environmental Assembly Bills. One of which is:
[i] Kidlow, J. et al. (July 2005). “California’s Ocean Economy,” report to the California Resources Agency, prepared by the National Ocean Economics Program.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
My friend Lindsey sent me an email about a fellow Santa Monican who has also become aware of the plastics polluting our beaches, Mark Armen's blopg - GULPABLE - check it out!!