Let’s Protect Oceans

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.

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20 comments on “Let’s Protect Oceans

  1. I feel we as a race, need to start to learn how to pull back and see as much of the bigger picture – that we don’t see / prefer to see in our day to day. This bigger picture is about understanding how every action has a consequence which impacts that bigger picture. Also, when we add consciousness to our actions, it too adds back to that bigger picture albiet in probably a more virtuous way then earlier. Your example of Domino Albert’s efforts are so crucial to igniting that spark of consciousness in every one of us ( or at least some to begin with !) – so we can play a meaningful role in that bigger picture ! So, if it starts with a reusable shopping bag – so be it ! Thanks for this one Alan !

  2. We have reusable bags in every car and we use them as much as possible. When we do wind up without them, we try for paper bags; regardless, we don’t throw them away right off, we’ll reuse them as much as we can before discarding them. We’ve seen places where you can discard used plastic bags, we take them there.

  3. Really interesting infographic there – it makes us all realise not only the responsibility we all have to protect the planet but also it shows that it’s not too late to change.

  4. We’re big on the reusable bags here. My wife has some good thermal-insulated ones as well to help the refrigerated and frozens in the car 🙂 It’s really such an easy thing to do if you just get in the habit of having some in the car all the time, and like you and Domino point out, it makes a real difference.

  5. Saving the oceans can be done on an individual scale by reducing the amount of plastics used, by selecting products that use less or recyclable packaging, and by reusing items over again to avoid repurchase. On a company wide scale, the entire organization can make a commitment to sustainability and to the saving the oceans. On a government scale, funding for sustainable technology, alternative energy, and alternative transportation can help reduce ocean damage. On a global scale, perhaps a cleanup of that plastic island, and agreements to stop the use of non-biodegradable and non-recyclable products would be possible. Of course, there will be those who break the agreement, but the overall effect will be a reduction in the harm to the oceans

  6. While I agree with this, as one should not do nothing, it is also very unlikely to happen. As a great visionary who sailed his Viking ship across the Atlantic in the early 60’s I think it was, said and reported to the USA Gov, that there was an incredible amount of oil in the oceans, now that was 50 years ago, nothing was done, why no money in it off course, no money in scooping plastics out or the oceans either. Since then the oceans are more polluted with oil. Now we pollute our rivers and streams with all this Fracking and Coal Seam Gas. David Letterman said recently we are screwed his words not mine. Of a truth the earth is only on loan to us and we are here for such a short time, and we do not learn or nothing is passed on to the next generation. There is no remembrance. if there we would not have had WWII . So sadly we will continue to destroy the world even to the point of nuclear war, in the not to distant future when the kings of the East with the 200 million army will be in Irag, and I could go on. So sadly with all the good we can do and yet do not, pollution will only as a whole get worse and worse to the point of Radiation poisoning and we are already a long way down the road on that type of pollution as well, including in our oceans.

    Also Alan on a lighter side, can you explain how I leave a qualified and approved comment, before you approved it? LOL Have a Great day and thank you for the invite to respond

  7. Thank-you, Alan. It is a serious – and depressing- business if you just take account of how little one person’s action is going to affect the environment or effect any lasting change. On the other hand, if all Dom’s groupies were to promise to do their best to reduce, reuse and recycle, that might begin to make a difference. Why? Well, we all live in different continents for a start. If we each just begin with our neighbourhood, why should not the ripple effect work for our benefit? And as for that question about what a dozen people can do on their own, I have always valued Margaret Mead’s retort: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”

    • Margaret Mead’s quote is one of my favorites! When I get discouraged I read it again and again … I strongly believe that we can all make a difference!

      • I’ve always loved that quote too, Dom. It is very easy to throw up one’s hands and bemoan that the world is fucked and we are powerless to change it. But far, far more noble to quietly set about trying to create change. Those who refuse to throw up their hands and persist in trying to fix whatever they find they can always have my utmost respect.

  8. I consider myself blessed to have grown up a 1 minute walk to the Atlantic, and now live with it 10 feet outside my door. It’s second nature to preserve and protect it. I was instilled it’s value as the livelihood of generations had depended upon it.
    I think we have a tough battle ahead to motivate those who have not experienced or even seen an ocean, and I’m happy to see more individuals stepping up to the plate to do so. I’d love to see some type of world wide campaign similar to Keep America Beautiful’s “People Start Pollution. People can stop it”. Here’s a youtube link of advertisement featuring Iron Eyes Cody for those unfamiliar.
    ( http://youtu.be/862cXNfxwmE )
    Considering we all spent the beginnings of our existence in the ocean called MOM, we should do everything we can to preserve the oceans of the world!

    Bill and friends of Bewitched

  9. My family vacation in the Outer Banks in July. i could not wait to wake up before dawn and watch the sun rise out of the ocean. I would walk the beach looking for unique shells but the sight of washed up plastic containers made me sick. I ended up as a janitor but felt pride in cleaning up a vital natural resource.

  10. I personally believe every person who decides to visit beaches, oceans, lakes, rivers, forests etc must accept a certain amount of responsibility in protecting these environments to assure our children have these available for research and recreation in the future.

  11. I feel like my council tax is a complete waste of money when it could be put forward to a cause like this – this is a very important topic and needs to be shared!

  12. Thank you for raising awareness about the threats our oceans are facing. Plastic pollution is a huge issue and kills more than 100,000 marine creatures each year. Plastic pollution is not only a threat for wildlife but for us too as it enters the food chain. Research is beginning to show that we are consuming many chemicals through our seafood, and our disposable plastic waste may be a potent source of this contamination. No one of us can solve the problem through our individual efforts alone, but it can be solved if we all contribute. A good start is by saying NO to disposable plastic bags and reduce, reuse, recycle. Quote: “I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I am somebody and I can change the world.”

    • I’m sorry to say that I haven’t completely given up the plastic bag habit, but I never just discard them. I try to be sure to turn them in for recycling or to re-use them. I’m thinking that next year I may make it my new year’s resoulution to cut out the plastic bags.

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