Usually, these three word posts are just a bit of nonsense. Indeed, I mostly disdain three word phrases that mean something and pick more random combinations to hang my silly bits of business upon. But every now and then, I do write about something important. And today, thanks to a suggestion from my friend Domino Albert I would like to call your attention to a very serious issue.
I have always lived fairly near the oceans. Growing up in the New Orleans area, I was quite near the Gulf of Mexico and often drove over to the beaches in Mississippi in Gulfport or Biloxi. Then when I lived in the Boston area I had a couple of apartments in Lynn, Massachusetts just blocks from the Atlantic beaches. I had a wonderful little apartment in the bottom of a house at the top of a hill with a huge veranda overlooking the bay. And here in the Puget Sound region we are right on the water. And sometimes Ron and I like to drive to the Pacific beaches here in Washington state and in neighboring Oregon.
As Domino explains so well on her blog Ocean News our (and that’s a big capital all of humanity OUR) oceans are in peril from over-fishing and especially from plastic pollution. It is a complex problem, but the garbage blob in the Pacific ocean is now larger than the continental United States. As Domino explains in this article, each and every one of us can play a very important part in reducing plastic pollution by following the three R’s– Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The number one thing we can all do is to bring reusable shopping bags with us every time we shop. Disposable light weight plastic bags are one of the most harmful things polluting our oceans. And you can help reduce this pollution simply by not taking a plastic bag (or a couple of dozen plastic bags) every time you shop.
I urge you to visit Domino’s Ocean News blog to learn more about plastic pollution and find out how you can help to save our oceans.