Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 177 - Dec. 4, 2010

life guard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
1.2 pounds
690 pounds total
Emilia came out with me tonight. She is a senior at Harvard-Westlake High School who is getting ready to go to college next year, but found the time to come out with me to take some pictures for her Photography Class. I'm honored.
I've been thinking about the Gulf a lot lately. Maybe it has to with the fact that I saw "Gulf Shrimp" on the menu of our favorite restaurant Sunday night that rose a red flag in my head, or that I watched a clip of Carl Safina on the Martha Stewart show talking about the devastation to the fisheries in the Gulf? Here is an article from Current TV on the "Secret Ingredients of Corexit," which if you don't know is the dispersant that BP has sprayed millions of gallons of into the Gulf. (and is perhaps continuing to do so daily...yes even now)

I noticed a comment at the bottom of the article from a man who had bought a one way ticket to Redding CA from his Gulf Coast home and I thought again about how I would feel if I had to do the same? How hard would it be to have to leave our life behind here on the Santa Monica Bay? Answer: heartbreaking.

Forgive me for being self promoting but I have forgotten if I've mentioned that I am in the YAHOO! Year In Review as one of 2010's Most Inspirational Acts. Pretty tickled over this.

If you could do one thing to help Garen and I raise the last 27K it will take to go on the 5 Gyres Research expedition, it would be to post the link to this article on your FB page for us so that we can get the word out. Thank you!

Help him have one true employer - THE OCEAN

"I'm looking for 100 Blue Angels to help me to continue the work I've been doing for the past two decades. If you appreciate the way I work, my accomplishments so far and the importance of the work ahead, please consider joining me."

I created THE DAILY OCEAN NEWS with this fantastic application called paper.li which lets you post all of your favorite twitter feeds into an online "newspaper" and you don't even have to be on twitter to enjoy it.

Wallace J Nichols
Philipe Cousteau
5 Gyres
Jim Moriarty, CEO Surfrider
Carl Safina
Heal The Bay

and some of my favorite Ocean Hero Civilians DianeN56, therightblue, and mstrlight