This weekend we're celebrating World Oceans Day, and I'm going to show a few simple ways how we can love the ocean.
The ocean and all the creatures that live in it could use our love! Original picture source unknown.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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!