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6/8/12

How to Love the Ocean

This weekend we're celebrating World Oceans Day, and I'm going to show a few simple ways how we can love the ocean.

love the ocean heart in sand
The ocean and all the creatures that live in it could use our love! Original picture source unknown.


trash on Bali beach
The way we live hurts us too. The largest threats to the oceans are death zones caused by runoff from farms, and trash. Let's take a look at trash, shall we.
The picture? Kuta Beach in Bali!

plastic bag ocean pollution
Plastic Bags represent one of the greatest environmental catastrophes of our generation. The consumption rate of single use plastic bags in the United States is close to 1 million per minute! And it requires 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture them. This is insane. Love the ocean and refuse to use plastic bags. I bring a large sturdy beach bag to the grocery store and have more bags in the car, ready when I need them.

trash travels
Here's a little story how Trash Travels from Ocean Conservancy: "A plastic bag from a store in Tennessee blows from a picnic site into a storm drain to the Mississippi River and travels downriver to the Gulf of Mexico, where it endangers a sea turtle that tries to eat it." Sea turtles think plastic bags are jellyfish, their primary food source.

plastic in ocean
Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic. Broken down bits of plastic the size of a fingernail are floating across thousands of miles of open ocean, and are ingested by fish, birds and other animals. Love the ocean and reduce your plastic consumption. I don't buy water bottles for example. We have stylish stainless steel bottles instead! See Earth Friendly Gift Ideas. Picture via Marine Debris on Facebook.

fishing gear ocean trash
Tons of fishing gear is accumulating in the ocean, breaking coral reefs, smothering sea life and entangling animals. Also from Trash Travels. Love the ocean and eat less seafood. This will also help another huge issue, that of over-fishing.

art with marine debris
More and more artists are responding to the pollution of our oceans, creating art with marine debris. Some tangled webs of discarded fishing nets are the size of whales. Pam Longobardi says in an interview with Coastal Living, featured on Ocean Trash Art with Framed Rope.

washed ashore art project
Artist Angela Pozzi was tired of the debris that washed up on the shores of the beaches near her Oregon home. Inspired by the variety and color of the trash, she created the Washed Ashore Project, a traveling art exhibition and educational piece.

framed ocean trash
"For me it is very satisfying to combine the daily walk on the beach with a little cleanup and to recycle the plastic litter into art." Anke says, who I featured here: Gallery Worthy Framing Ideas.

Check out these two sites for more information too:
Oceana Protecting the World's Oceans & How you Can Help the Ocean at Ocean Portal SI.


Have a wonderful weekend, everyone... and love the ocean as much as possible!

7 comments:

Changes In Longitude said...

Thank you for including our picture above of the trash on Kuta Beach in Bali to help make people aware of this problem. Another website you may be interested in is about a woman cleaning debris from balloons off beaches: http://balloonsblow.org/

Take care,
Larissa and Michael
Changes In Longitude

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It sure makes me sad to see the trash...especially on the sea life! What a crying shame! I love the ocean better than anything and want to see it respected! I'd love to do a post....I'm so behind on everything right now! Hugs!

Style Maniac said...

Isn't it wonderful to see something positive and beautiful being made out of that garbage!

Ideezine said...

Maya,

With so many people including young people who can't find work this is a perfect way to do something positive with a couple of days a week. Go to the beach and clean up some things.

In one of my art classes we had many assignments called "found objects and intallations" where we did just that use what we found. Makes perfect sense.

I guess if we led by example we will get more attention to causes rather than telling others about it.

Bette

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

We really need to be smarter about how we live before we completely ruin our planet. It's so sad to see animals being hurt or killed by our discarded bags, bottles, etc. Not to mention the oil spills that cause such huge water catastrophes. Let's hope we find more ♥s on the beaches and less trash.

Wax Beach Artist said...

Wow! A very enlightening and sad post. I love seeing what others are doing about it and it gives me ideas too. Thank you.

Cheryl said...

Great post. We live across the street from a public beach and there is constant trash that blows across it into the bay...it's amazing to me that a person would leave a dirty diaper, or two, on the beach also, which is what I saw the other day. The city cleans a lot of it up not not as often as is necessary.
And on another note - fishing line! People forget or just don't know how dangerous it is to sea life and birds! If you hook a bird, you cannot just cut the line - you need to reel the bird in as you would a fish, cover him if possible with a towel and remove the hook. Last week my husband and I found a pelican all tangled in the mangroves with a line hooked in his wing. He was unable to free himself, luckily we spotted him.
Sorry to go on and on, I just had to get all that out! Anyway, thanks for bringing attention to these issues :)