I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Great Pacific Garbage Dump

This is the post I had ready for WOD, but didn't want to put the "pooper" in Shellbelle's party. It's a heck of a way to introduce yourself....

"Hello, my name is Della, and just look at what is happening to our beautiful oceans that we don't see."

It terrifies me that we may not always be able to eat from the sea... and is it really safe as it is now?

So, here is my "planned" post, minus the WOD inserts.

I want to share a video with you. There are so many video's to chose from on this subject, that it was difficult to pick one. I first heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Dump a few years ago, and it has stuck with me. Also called Garbage Island, and The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, this mass of trash in our oceans is killing our sea and wild life....and maybe US. The Pacific Gyre isn't the only garbage patch, either. There are others!

We can help not only by following the three R's...Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, but by not buying and using disposable plastics, or at least recycling what you do use. THEY may call them disposable, but it's really not.

Did you know there are "disposables" made from corn, wheat, and sugar cane? These truly are biodegradable, and won't harm the environment.

Use insulated, reusable coffee mugs instead of hitting a coffee shop everyday, and invest in a stainless steel water bottle, or any one of the cool  reusable bottles instead of buying plastic bottles of water. It's better for the environment, and more economical, too!

Our seafood is at risk for depletion as well, but you can still eat your fish and shrimp with a clear conscience by substituting your faves with sustainable seafood, and farm raised varieties. National Geographic has a list of seafood substitutions. National Geographic also has an Ocean page, with amazing video's, photos, and loads of info.

 I had to share this, and let you know how bad it really is. And just think, that video was from 2008! How much more garbage has accumulated in the last 3 years??? I've heard of people saying that "this isn't true", and "this isn't real." Really? It looks real to me. Oprah did a series of videos on this, you can find them on Youtube. I wanted to use them all! I love Oprah's narrative. She is such an awesome narrator!

So, this was my rant, so to speak.

I'll have more beach pics coming up, but I just HAD to post this.

I want future generations to know what a live shell looks like. To see them, hold them, and return them to the sea. It's important to me, and I hope know it's important to you, too!



Orangies Attic said...

All great reminders... we love our beaches and oceans and want to keep them healthy!

My Life Under the Bus said...

I have seen this many times it is incredibly sad. I can't think of his name but have you seen the guy that is trying to scoop as much as he can out and have it recycled? He built his entire boat out of plastic from this dump! If there is a business person out there some where who could make this into an opportunity it would be amazing to have people fighting over garbage! XO

Della said...

I think I know who you are talking about. I have that story bookmarked, I want to do a post about it! The boat he built is amazing, if it's the one I'm thinking of.

I agree! That would be sweet. That would get rid of a majority of the trash. Some kind of filters for all of the small particles. I wish I were a multi billionaire. There's always a way to solve things with enough backbone, drive, and money. sigh..I have 2 of the 3.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's something we all need to be aware of and make the changes WE can each make! Enjoy your weekend, my friend! ♥

Completely Coastal said...

It is sad... that we don't seem to be able to make decisions that don't harm the planet and other beings. I don't think much will change as long as we base decisions purely on money and profit. We should be smart enough to only create products that are biodegradable!

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