Tag Archives: ocean conservation

Your Brain on Water

As a child I was fortunate to grow up near the ocean. My family took frequent trips to “the Jersey shore,” spending our summers in Wildwood, Stone Harbor and Cape May, New Jersey, which was about a two hour drive from our home in suburban Philadelphia. For the past 25 years my home has been Santa Cruz, California and my trip to the beach is a 5 minute bike ride away. I came here because I wanted to live by the sea in a climate that was temperate enough to enjoy the many ocean splendors year round. Salt water clears my head, brings me peace and solitude and energizes and reinvigorates me all at the same time. Apparently I’m not alone. Many people feel the same way, which is the subject of the New York Times best selling book, Blue Mind by marine scientist, Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols, in which he explores the mind’s connection to water, merging the fields of cognitive science and ocean exploration. It is is a fascinating study of the emotional, behavioral, psychological and physical connections that keep humans so enchanted with water.

I highly recommend his book and encourage you to engage with other ocean, river, stream, lake, pond and “everything water” lovers by participating in the Blue Mind Online Book Club.

Join Dr. Nichols nightly for Facebook Live readings and on Sundays at 6 pm PST for discussions on Facebook and follow the conversation on all social media (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) using the #bluemind hashtag.

Sponsored by Radio Hatteras, Buxton Village Books and Blue Mind Life. Daily excerpts from Blue Mind will be broadcast on Radio Hatteras along with weekly interviews with the author featuring questions from readers and guest protagonists from the book.

Proceeds and donations benefit Radio Hatteras and the Blue Mind Fund. Read along with water-loving friends around the world: January 16th (I know I’m getting a late start here, but you can catch up!)  to March 25th, 2017.

SeaweedArt at Seymour Center’s Jingle Shells

Jingle ShellsCome 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!

Time Lapse of Kids Ocean Day Hong Kong

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.

6 Ways You Can Help Protect Our Oceans

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.

For more tips on how you can do your part,  please read environmental journalist David Helvarg’s book:50 Ways to Save the Ocean (Inner Ocean Action Guide).

Environmentalists Endorse Bruce McPherson

Former California State Senator and California Secretary of State, Bruce McPherson is running for 5th District Supervisor of Santa Cruz County.  It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I endorse Bruce, (the only Republican I have ever voted for) because he has a long history of  supporting environmental leadership and education. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, an ocean conservation and educational organization that is very near and dear to my heart.

I have had the good fortune to meet and talk with Bruce on several occasions and I have always been impressed with his genuine interest in and desire to serve the community in which he lives. Bruce has years of experience in both state and local government and comes from a long line of environmentalists in his family. Bruce McPherson has been a partner, environmental leader and tireless supporter of many successful efforts that have made Santa Cruz County the wonderful and healthy place it is today. There is no candidate running for 5th District Supervisor who has accomplished more, or is more committed to protecting our environment than Bruce McPherson, which is why he is also endorsed by Jack O’Neill, founder of O’Neill Wetsuits and O’Neill Sea Odyssey Foundation and Dr. Gary Griggs, Professor and Director of the UCSC Institute for Marine Science. It if for all of these reasons that I wholeheartedly endorse Bruce McPherson.

SeaweedArt Partners with SeaWeb

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.

Please tune in daily for updates and more information on how you can support a healthy earth and ocean. In addition to purchasing from SeaweedArt you may also donate directly to SeaWeb.

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.

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