|Join the Ocean Conservancy & Make a "Sea Change" Today!|
"Providing food, fresh water, and oxygen to the world, the ocean is essential to all life on Earth, but it is in serious trouble from overuse and pollution. Ocean Conservancy believes it's time to change our national policies to protect entire ecosystems as the surest way to solve the most critical conservation challenges we face. The ocean belongs to everyone and everyone is needed to protect it. To get there, we must collaborate across political lines and with new partners from all walks of life."
A few months back I visited the local library and notice a special new release: The World is BLUE by oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle. I had never heard of Sylvia Earle before, and when I read of her credentials and contributions to the history of sea explorations and conservation, I was a bit chagrined. She is one of the foremost authors and leaders in sea ecology, and one of the most prominent and highly respected female scientists alive today. She urges all of us to take care of the Earth's oceans with a fresh sense of what is at stake if we do not. Interestingly, National Geographic's recent article on the Louisiana Gulf included a message from Sylvia Earl, whose early diving career featured studies of these same waters. I was amazed by her description of the abundance of life beneath the waves just a few decades ago. It was painfully clear that much of the diversity and delicacy of the ecosystem of the Gulf had been eradicated in her lifetime. So what can we do to make a "SEA CHANGE" according to the Ocean Conservancy? Here are five simple steps:
|We Can Restore the Oceans with Careful Conservation!|
- Don't pour harsh chemicals down the drain or into storm sewers
- Volunteer to clean a beach, shoreline, river, or stream near you. To participate in the annual International Coastal Cleanup, call: 1-800-262-BEACH
- For housecleaning substitute baking soda, vinegar, and borax for harmful products like bleach
- Before going to the beach or boating on the water, eliminate packaging and debris that could blow into the water
- Fill a plastic bottle with water and place it in the toilet tank to displace and save gallons of H20!
Moving forward is a process of looking back at our lack of awareness and then making steps each day toward a different tomorrow. Envisioning non-toxic beaches, clean springs in the mountains, fresh rivers, abundant marine life, and thriving estuaries is a great way to begin. Educating children in the ways of bio-diversity, non-invasive economic practices, and organic gardening is another step that our generation can take to preserve our planet on a long term basis. Together, we can make an inspirational SEA CHANGE.
|It is an honor to share this planet with so many incredible creatures!|
To Join the OCEAN CONSERVANCY: www.oceanconservancy.org