Created from images of pressed seaweed collages by Santa Cruz nature artist, Beth Shady. Ten percent of profits donated to ocean conservation.
When famed wetsuit innovator and surfer, Jack O’Neill, founded the O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) Program in 1996, his intention was to inspire children with a life long passion and appreciation for ocean conservation. Hence, a living classroom was created on board the 65-foot Team O’Neill catamaran, where 4th – 6th grade students sail the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary and receive hands-on lessons about the marine habitat and the importance of the relationship between the living sea and the environment. The program is conducted on board the catamaran with follow-up lessons at the shore-side Education Center at the Santa Cruz Harbor. It is free of charge, but students earn their way into the program by performing a project to benefit their community. OSO also serves special needs students through a program sponsored by the Adam Webster Memorial Fund.
I support many ocean advocacy programs, but I’ve always had a special soft spot for OSO because they know that the best steward for clean oceans are children. For that reason, for the next two months, SeaweedArt will donate 10% of all profits to the O’Neill Sea Odyssey Program. For all you ocean lovers out there, start shopping and spread the word. You make also make a direct donation to OSO here.
This is my favorite place and my favorite time of the day. All is so peaceful, quiet and serene. The early birds chirping mixed with the city sounds of trolley bells and street sweepers.
Images of a recent walk to the Santa Cruz lighthouse at sunset…
We bought a boat. A big boat. An old wooden boat. A 42 foot Grand Banks, which we will keep in San Francisco, just in time for the America’s Cup.
This is something my husband and I have always dreamed about. It’s a fixer upper and he’s OK with that. The hull and engine are in great shape. It just needs some TLC.
This photo was taken a few weeks ago. We are keeping a log of the restoration. Stay tuned for more. There will be a lot of changes to come.
In addition to my creative SeaweedArt side and my passion for ocean conservation, I am also an independent insurance professional. These are two paths that lead me to helping others and I give back to the community. In the spirit of giving I have developed a fundraising referral program that benefits marine conservation causes. Here’s how it works.
I will donate $25 to the ocean cause of your choice for any referral sent to me that turns into a policy. The average household typically has three policies– two autos and a homeowners/renters policy, which totals $75. That adds up fast.
Not only will I pay the referral fee(s) to you when the policies are issued, but also when they renew annually, so long as the policy stays in force. This is an easy, hassle free way of generating revenue that is on going.
To learn more about how you can enroll your organization in this program please contact me at Beth@seaweedart.com.
The EPA is proposing once again to cut all federal funding for beach water quality monitoring, putting over 100 million Americans at risk of getting sick from polluted water! In 2000, when the federal BEACH Act was passed, water quality monitoring made big advancements in setting standards and funding monitoring programs to ensure your safety.
Just like health safety inspections for food, we rely on water quality monitoring and reporting to ensure that the water we swim, surf and play in is safe. With 23,481 beach closures and advisories issued last year, now is not the time to stop beach monitoring.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is undertaking a process to clarify terms under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of what would constitute a native handicraft item made from a sea otter pelt. The environmental and scientific communities are concerned that this would add hunting pressure on sea otters in Southeast Alaska and elsewhere in Alaska and that this is being carried out as a means of managing fisheries through predator control. Please send a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by August 6 by clicking here.
Did you know that in the past decade, more and more personal care products have been sold in The United States and around the world that contain micro-plastic particle abrasives used as an exfoliant? This is perhaps the most offensive form of plastic pollution because this plastic is actually designed to be washed down the drain.
Micro-plastic particles are found in all oceanic gyres, bays, gulfs and seas worldwide. Micro-plastics are pervasive in the environment. They absorb persistent organic pollutants and are consumed by a variety of marine life including the fish we harvest for food.
Natural alternatives such as apricot shells, cocoa beans and sea salt can be used as sustainable alternatives to plastic.
You have been invited to participate in an ocean plastic pollution global awareness campaign. Healthy oceans are very important for the health of the planet and one of the most serious threats comes from the plastic pollution. Please take a look at the following video so you can better understand the enormity of this issue:
On June 8th, World Oceans Day, environmental activists from all around the world will simultaneously upload a photo of themselves wearing this T-shirt on their Facebook walls with a short caption telling everyone about one thing that they are doing to make this world a better place, with a focus on, but not limited to, plastic pollution. We are going to flood facebook walls with this. That’s not all. Participants will also receive instructions for a secret plan which is going to be a huge surprise for all. To join the Let’s Turn Facebook Blue event click here.
Real change is achieved slowly, at turtle speed– one step at a time. Change one thing in your life without thinking. If you eliminated one plastic bag or a straw you can make an huge impact in reducing plastic pollution. It does make a difference so JUST DO IT!
For suggestions on how you can reduce plastic waste and pollution, please visit The Plastic Pollution Coalition.
Order your Blue Turtle T-shirt here. Order two or more and use this coupon code worth $10 RF2013
My husband Bill and I were fortunate to attend a talk given last week by the CEO of Team Oracle about the America’s Cup that is coming to San Francisco this summer. Wow! It was amazing. We met a few of the crew members from competing teams who talked about the aerodynamic designs of the catamarans. They showed this video of boats on foils literally flying out of the air. Watch it and be amazed.