Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day 249 - Jan. 31, 2012

lifeguard station 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
1.3 pounds
934.5 pounds total

I'm including the petition to ban cigarette smoking in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. again here. The thing is this, my friend Danielle who has the fantastic blog It Starts With Me where she does 20 min. cleanups in N.C., has collected 38,585 CIGARETTE BUTTS from her local beach.

OK smokers, I used to smoke too. I might still smoke were it not so terrible for your health. However, this is not anti-smokers, just anti-toxic-liter harming the marine environment where fish eat them, children play, and the list goes on....

SO please, even if you smoke, add your name to the petition to get smoking banned in a community where one person, with her family and friends, have collected over 38,000 cigarette butts, 20 minutes at a time. I think I feel sick. And Danielle, you absolutely rock!

Good news! The Big Island of Hawaii (my favorite place in the world -- a sweeping statement that I totally mean) has banned SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS! 

Here's MSNBC's coverage of how the mayor of Kona signed the bill into effect. 
Go Hawaii! Kauai and Maui enacted similar laws last year. 

A talented photographer linked to The Daily Ocean. I'd like to return the favor. It thrills me to hear from fellow photographers, ocean lovers, anyone who feels moved by a post they come across on The Daily Ocean. Comments welcome. 

Please check out Tom Cunningham's astoundingly beautiful and helpful photography blog -