Monday, March 21, 2011


a tide pool in Niebla, Chile


Singing in the sunshine, laughing in the rain.
Hitting on the moonshine, rocking in the brain.
Got no time to pack my bag, my foots outside the door.
Got a date, can't be late for the high hopes hailla ball.

Singing to an ocean, I can hear the ocean's roar.
Play for free, play for me and play a whole lot more.
Singing about the good things and the sun that lights the day.
I used to sing on the mountains, has the ocean lost its way. 

World Water Day 2011 - Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge
"This is the first time in human history that most of the world's population live in cities: 3.3 billion people ...and the urban landscape continues to grow."

Our upcoming expedition with 5 Gyres through the South Pacific to Easter Island will give me the antithesis experience to the urban landscape sprawl, and the struggle to connect the citizens who live there with fresh water as is the theme of this years' UN World Water Day. 

My direct interaction with water is bound to be salty, vast, and highly variable depending on the whimsy of the weather patterns scrolling across the ocean at any given time during the two and a half week sail ahead of us.

In fact, Garen and I stood on the beach in Niebla the other day, looking out at the bright blue horizon and estimated that our view from the sand was the same one we would see as we left the safety of our Chilean port behind to sail away on the Sea Dragon. 

Although we will be far from land, our work is to bring our research back to the terrestrial citizens of the world so that solutions can be found to reduce the plastic pollution infiltrating not only our oceans, but our streams, our lakes, and our bodies as well.