Posts Tagged ‘plastic pollution’
In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly designated 8 June as “World Oceans Day.” The oceans are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life, power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by all our communities, both local and global, in connection with our oceans.
How can you participate?
- How about making a promise to the ocean? Decide to make a change in your life to help the ocean – or share what you’re already doing. Take a photo of yourself with a sign promoting your cause, at your favorite nature spot, or whatever you want! Upload it to your favorite social media channel using the hashtag #WorldOceansDay and join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.
- Purchase these whimsical postage stamps issued by the U.N. Postal Administration featuring Dr. Suess’s “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” These timeless characters bring their own unique view on healthy oceans.
- Make your garden more ocean-friendly. Learning how and what to plant and finding non-toxic ways to deal with insects and other lawn pests can have a huge impact on our oceans. After all, your local river most likely leads, eventually, to the ocean!
- Book a trip to go whale watching with the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island. Their first trip isn’t until June 30, but you can take advantage every Sunday after that through September 8, so there’s plenty of time to see and learn about the ocean’s most fascinating and magnificent animals.
- Catch the premiere of the “Overfishing Song” on Papa Cloudy. What is Papa Cloudy? We’re not sure, but it’s intriguing enough to make us want to tune in to watch the octopus sing!
Coming across plastic pollution while stand up paddling is a far too frequent occurrence. Have you ever taken a cruise or deep sea fishing boat way out into the ocean? What’s out there? Plastic! Besides being an eyesore, trash in marine areas poses significant dangers to the local ecosystem.
To raise awareness, concerned individuals are creating art from recycled plastic and trash salvaged from marine environments all over the world. The results are visually stunning and inspiring. We have gathered some of the best examples below:
“Washed Ashore: Plastics, Sea Life & Art.” Lead artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi used tons of plastic pollution to create monumental sculptures that are awakening the hearts and minds of citizens to the marine debris crisis.
U.K. based photographer Mandy Barker collection, SOUP, concerns itself with plastic debris suspended in the sea. All the “ingredients” listed in the image captions have been salvaged from beaches around the world and represent a global collection of debris that has existed for varying amounts of time in the world’s oceans.
Plastic Forever, an ongoing project by married couple Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang, displays art created from plastic objects collected from their home of Kehoe Beach in Northern California’s Point Reyes National Seashore reserve. They have truly dedicated their lives to environmental concerns through art, and the results are spectacular. Check out the couple’s work in the following short documentary on their work, One Plastic Beach. Read the rest of this entry »
Last month, New York Women in Film and Television hosted a brunch celebrating the women filmmakers who were screening films at the Hamptons International Film Festival (including our friend Susan’s Rockefeller, whose film “Mission of Mermaids” features our own Gina Bradley).
Nine year old Emma Bradley and her friend Hannah decided to get in on the film-making action and queried some of the guests about how they thought they could make a difference and save our oceans.
We’re still a bit “movie mad” since the screening of Mission of Mermaids at the Hamptons Film Festival (have you seen our photos of the events on Facebook?) and in keeping with that theme, we offer you five of our favorite films about our beloved oceans.
Jaws: Just seeing if you are paying attention! Jaws is by far the WORST film ever made in terms of inciting audiences to hate and fear sharks, (who do not pose a threat to man at all)!
Sharkwater: For a more realistic portrait of Earth’s top predators (and the two-thirds of the planet they dominate). Learn about these magnificent creatures that have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth’s history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years. Official website: http://www.sharkwater.com/