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.
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.
Did you know that half of the earth’s oxygen comes from phytoplankton, a one-celled plant that lives on the ocean’s surface? Or that one in six jobs is in some way marine related? Whether you live in a coastal town by the sea, or in a land locked state and rarely set foot in salt water, everyone benefits from a world with clean and healthy oceans.
Unfortunately, our oceans are becoming more polluted, as our coastal ecosystems are increasingly under threat from plastic pollution, unsustainable fishing practices, destruction of habitats, and the effects of increased carbon dioxide emissions. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. Here are 6 steps you can take to ensure a future of safe and sustainable oceans. Click here to read the rest of the article I wrote for Parent Society.
Here is a creative and imaginative interpretation of what you can find when you spend a day at the beach. It’s not just seashells and sand crabs. You guessed it. LOTS of trash, junk and plastic. The best way to end the glut of plastic junk that ends up in our oceans and landfills is to stop using it in the first place. To source biodegradeable alternative plastic products, please visit Letsgogreen.biz. And if you are so inclined, snap photos of your “creative” beach trash and post on the Litter Baggers Facebook page.
Starting on Earth Day and continuing through the end of May, SeaweedArt will donate 10% of their profits of their SeaweedArt cards and prints to SeaWeb, the only international, nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to strategically communicating about ocean issues.
SeaWeb transforms knowledge into action by shining a spotlight on workable, science-based solutions to the most serious threats facing the ocean, such as climate change, pollution and depletion of marine life. They work collaboratively with targeted sectors to encourage market solutions, policies and behaviors that result in a healthy, thriving ocean. By informing and empowering diverse ocean voices and conservation champions, SeaWeb is creating a culture of ocean conservation.
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The video posted below is an interview filmed for SeaWeb’s Ocean Voices series featuring environmental film maker, Chris Palmer, who explains his dedication to ocean conservation through filmmaking. It includes breathtaking still images and film footage from the Marine Photobank and Lost Nomad Media.
Dive Deeper into One Beach and meet Tim Silverwood, an Australian activist and the VP of Take 3–A Clean Beach Initiative. Tim is empowering everyone everywhere to make a difference in the marine debris issue.
This is a very impactful video of a presentation given by photographer Chris Jordan, who specializes in large-scale works that depict the magnitude of our consumerism and its impact on our environment. In one of the most emotional presentations at PopTech 2009, Jordan shares heart-wrenching images of birds killed by ingesting plastics that increasingly pollute our oceans.