Come check out SeaweedArt prints, cards and holiday cards this Sunday at Jingle Shells, the annual holiday craft fair at the Seymour Center. It is my favorite event of the year. Lots of great arts and crafts– all homemade, wonderful food, an incredible view of the Monterey Bay and just so much festive fun holiday cheer. Support local artists in our support of ocean education and conservation. Don’t miss the whale lighting at 5:45!
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.
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 spent New Year’s Day visiting metal marine animal sculptures in front of closed museums. Here we are posed in front of the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum whale and there’s Bill in pseudo Burt Reynolds Cosmo poses on top of the whale’s tail in front of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center. He’s wearing the new Irish Fisherman’s sweater I got him for Christmas. It was a warm and sunny beautiful day. Gotta love livin’ in Santa Cruz.
Over 1,000 Hong Kong school children, teachers and volunteers form a massive kid-designed dolphin to say in two languages “Protect” in English, and Ocean in Chinese (海洋), communicating their desires for a clean and thriving sea. Kids Ocean Day Hong Kong is organized by Ocean Recovery Alliance, Bonza Pie and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, as well as the Malibu Foundation and Spectral Q from Los Angeles. The children are alerting the world about their appreciation of the ocean and the need to protect it. The event links the Hong Kong and California Kids Ocean Day projects, run by the Malibu Foundation for the past 20 years, across the Pacific Ocean, and marks the first beachhead in Asia which brings our young, future ocean ambassadors together to deliver a global message about ocean protection.
Aerial Art by John Quigley of Spectral Q and time lapse images from Daniel Basson.
Determining where to buy sustainable seafood may seem challenging and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. FishWise has taken the guess work out of the decision by developing a myriad of purchasing tools. You can choose a Seafood Watch Pocket Guide or refer to this list. There’s even an app for that. Or you can simply enter your zip code here to find a sustainable seafood retailer. To learn more about sustainable seafood, please refer to the FishWise useful links.
Ten percent of profits this month will be donated to FishWise.
Plastic-free blogger and activist Beth Terry will be at the San Francisco Green Festival this weekend signing copies of her book, “Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too,” at the Life Without Plastic booth #126 at 1:30 on both Saturday and Sunday, or for as long as book supplies last. Please come by. The book is sold out in most places right now, and while there is a second print run ordered, this is your chance to meet Beth, Chantal from Life Without Plastic, and get a signed copy of the book without waiting. It’s a great gift for the holidays!