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Save the Ocean – Save the Planet
August 7, 2012, 9:36 pm
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Living in the 21st Century, we find ourselves facing major challenges as a global community. One of the most serious of these is the pollution of our oceans. We must stop the madness now! We have to find workable solutions immediately, stop being apathetic and blind to our blatant disregard for our beautiful life giving oceans. As individuals, we must take responsibility by taking action. Education is the first step to change. Our oceans are the lungs of the planet. If we do not act now, WE will not survive.

One of the main problems humans are causing to destroy our oceans is chemical contamination. PCB is one of the major contaminants to our seas, and more is waiting to escape from transformers and capacitors across the world. PCB is a general term when referring to oil, gas, or other pollutants. PCB’s are not water-soluble and when released into the atmosphere they accumulate into the fat cells of living organisms. Marine mammals are said to have 10 million times more PCB’s in their fat than in the water they exist in. That’s a shocking number to compete with if you ask the average person. Does that make you wonder how much PCB’s are in your fat cells? How much oil do you swallow when you take a sip of water? This is the kind of water our oceanic wonders are forced to live in. As a result many of them are dieing, becoming extinct, or getting very ill. If human kind is going to survive we have to make relative changes in our production technologies. So, in other words the best way to eliminate pollution is to change the way we live, Produce, and exist on planet earth.

Does this mean that we now need to outlaw oil and gasoline to end oils spill destruction? That might be the only answer. Once oil is spilled into the ocean the damage that is caused is irreversible. The oil rig companies use one layered tanks that are unsafe for transporting liquid murder through our exhaustible oceanic environment. Tankers “accidentally” dump oil into the ocean and a countless number of ships going to and from Central and South America dump trash as soon as they get far enough away from port that no one notices. You know the saying “What happens in New Orleans, stays in New Orleans” well at sea no one notices the infractions, no one is there to ticket, fine or revoke these blatant criminals. The public does not see the damage till dead, oil-suffocated carcasses wash ashore. The attitude of oil tankers is similar to that of the entire political world, brushing “accidents” under the rug and hiding evidence, although the evidence in this case is hard to hide.

An estimated 8.8 million tons of oil enter the ocean each year as a result of human activity. The ocean contains 280,000 tons of tar balls. Our oceans that seem an unlimited resource for us to take advantage of, are now showing their limits. These chemicals cannot be filtered out or washed clean from our most valuable natural resource. Ultimately we will destroy our ocean, and without the oxygen created by the ocean, the human race will cease to exist.

Small changes can be made in our habits as individuals and also as a Global Community. Such as: recycling or reusing plastic, paper, glass, and aluminum, proper disposal of engine oils and toxic chemicals, limiting water usage, and reduction of the use of plastic. It is non bio-degradable. Plastic does not break down, it photo-degrades, which means it breaks into millions of tiny pieces over several years, these bits are called plastic polymers. This plastic, in large pieces like bottles, or in microscopic bits like Styrofoam, will kill oceanic prosperity as we know it.

Through utter disregard for our environment all of these materials are ending up in our oceans, which have become a personal liquid grave for anything unwanted. Plastic not only kills our marine animals it also acts as a sponge for DDT’s, PCB’s, and other oily pollutants. Discarding our lives into the ocean will only kill off our species (and many others) even more quickly. Things like plastic should be used wisely and disposed of properly. There are advantages to it but plastic can become a disadvantage when not used properly. Obviously keeping plastic out of the ocean is extremely important. At the rate of its growth in our oceans it may have already created an island of plastic. Not exactly the vacation retreat you had planned for right? Well the change needed to save our ocean, starts at home.

The problem is that these days we humans do not use anything properly, (excluding the Laptop, and cellular phone.) Humans are making up the rules as we go and ignoring the examples set by pollution damage thus far, for instance, the hole in the ozone layer, which only grows more and more each day. Fisheries send divers out to poison or seas with cyanide and bomb our coral reefs, to provide fish for our fish tanks. Unable to catch life on the rebound, our marine ecosystem could be depleted. To prevent this loss of biodiversity in our oceans we must vote to implement no-catch zones and Marine reserves. Our ocean is a massive, almost unending, body of life. Our beautiful earth is just crumbling before our eyes, while we blatantly ignore the consequences. With such a big prize at stake, isn’t it time to take the initiative?

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GLASS – “The Other Container”

I’m doing my parody on the hugely successful advertising campaign for pork, which made America feel good about eating pork again and gave us an alternative to poultry.  Slowly we plastic obsessed Americans are coming around to the virtues of glass, but it’s been a long way coming and a lot of irreparable damage has already been done to the environment.

I came across a Facebook page recently called Glass Is Life.  It’s a really cool page with interesting photos showing items packaged in glass, a welcome alternative to plastic.  Fitting, because glass has been on my mind lately.  I keep remembering getting milk delivered in glass bottles when I was a child and Heinz ketchup in its recognizable glass bottle with the embossed “57” which if you held just right, made your ketchup start to flow and of course glass Coke bottles!  Why is it that you can still get Coke in glass bottles in Europe and 3rd world countries?  Because they didn’t have the money to convert the bottling plants and jump on the plastique band wagon?

Glass used to be the container of choice for most things liquid.  I doubt my nieces or nephews who range in age from 12-17 would know what it’s like to drink Coke from a glass bottle.  I often wonder why beer has remained in glass when it seems like everything else is in plastic?  Was this the only smart industry that thought “everything that goes around comes around so why bother?”  What about Snapple?  We all grab for the Snapple bottle and don’t think twice about “Gee, it’s glass, maybe I should buy a competitor that’s plastic?  It would be lighter, easier to carry and less breakable.”  No, we all buy Snapple and don’t care that it’s glass!

Manufacturers take for granted that us common folk want plastic because it’s virtually unbreakable and light and can be molded into a gazillion shapes.  So it’s refreshing to see all the products on Glass is Life that are being produced in glass!  I for one will take glass over plastic any day.  It’s unique now, and it’s also infinitely recyclable – melt it down and turn it into a newly recycled glass bottle.  Plus making glass from recycled glass is cheap and a far greener way to go so there’s no reason for glass to ever go to a landfill.  I like that since I recycle everything I can.

Hopefully the advertising and manufacturing industries are paying attention to the “glass cult” developing across the world.  I was standing in a checkout line recently and there in front of me was water in a glass bottle!  I grabbed one and added it to my cart just because!  Didn’t even look at the price!  No reason other than it was a refreshing sight from the sea of plastic being thrown at us.  And if that glass bottle wind up in the ocean, guess what?  It becomes frosty sea glass, prized by collectors and beachgoers the world over who collect it, spend lots of money on up-cycled beach glass jewelry and display it in “Glass jars” in their homes….. 



Devastating Effects of Environmental Toxins on Humans and Eco System

Living in the 21st century has become difficult not only for us as human beings, but also to our pets, wildlife and plants as well. In our daily life we are exposed to numerous environmental toxins that cause a lot of damage to our health and environment.

We talk about saving the environment by planting more trees, using eco friendly products etc, but are actually practicing them?

Did you know that we are actually polluting the environment by making use of the cleaning chemicals for our own household purposes?

Let us discuss how these harmful toxins can create a negative impact on our ecology.

Effects of Toxins on the Ecology

An ecosystem is a place where plants, animals and human beings interact with one another in their individual climates and environment. You are a part of the ecosystem, not separate from it.

Cleaning chemicals like bleach, detergents or any household cleansing product contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that can pollute the water thereby killing the aquatic life.

It is really scary when I think about our children and our future generation. Those innocent ones are at a very high risk of absorption of harmful chemicals which are being released from the cleaning chemicals.

Toddlers love to play with toys and therefore it becomes imperative for them to touch the floors and furniture that have been cleaned with the harmful chemicals.

Children, especially babies are more prone to infections and respiratory diseases when compared to the adults. Therefore, it is very important for us to distance them from the various factors which can weaken their immune system. Eco friendly safe cleaners can easily solve so many problems.

Environmental Toxins and Air Pollution

The air that we breathe in is just too polluted with these environmental toxins. Household cleansers and aerosols contain carcinogens can cause cancer and other deadly diseases in the body. These dangerous toxins also damage the avian or the birds’ lives by spreading out into the atmosphere.

At this very moment you and your kids could be consuming the fumes that are being released by the chemical based cleaning products. The effects could be severe and they could even lead to serious impact on your heart, lungs and liver.

Additionally, the toxic chemicals in the environment can also affect our immune system, thereby making us prone to diseases like bacterial and viral infections.

Water Pollution by Toxins

Most of us do not even realize the harmful consequences of exposure to toxic chemicals, and what they could do to our families in the long run. It becomes our primary responsibility as the humans to care for others, including our birds and animals.

The cleaning chemicals find their way into the water and thereby end up polluting it. This can create major harm to the humans, birds and animals that tend to use that water in one way or the other.

Cleaning chemicals like detergents, stain-removers and even the flea powders have made way into our homes from the chemical producing factories. These chemicals can severely endanger the environment by contaminating the lakes, sea and finally the oceans.

Phosphates are the common environmental toxins that are found to be polluting the oceans. These dangerous chemicals can be found in common detergents and cleaning supplies.

The chemicals when poured down the drainage system can also harm the algae, thereby stemming their growth and causing them to die.

Conclusion

Our own small contribution in saving the environment from these hazardous environmental toxins can change the lives of many innocent animals and plants. The only way to tackle this issue is by making use of safer alternatives, specifically the organic ones for cleaning our homes.

The author, James Kingslands has dedicated himself in helping and educating others to keep both a safe environment for their family and to spread the word on health and wellness issues with toxic cleaners.

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Ocean Facts: Marine Life in the Pacific Ocean

I found this article interesting:

The Pacific Ocean is the greatest illustration of marine biodiversity in this world with its vibrant population of whales, sharks and fish. That’s why it is very important conserve this diverse marine life through education.

If you would like to understand everything with regards to the ocean and marine life, the best place to begin with is the largest ocean on earth, the Pacific Ocean. It covers about 135,663 kilometers of coastline and about 28% of the world’s surface. It stretches through the coastlines of continents such as North America, South America, Asia, and Australia. The Mariana Trench is the deepest portion of any ocean on earth with a depth of 36,201 feet. Numerous islands also dot this wide ocean, which includes Tahiti, Fiji, and Hawaii.

Because of its vastness, the Pacific Ocean is additionally the place to find numerous sea animals. It is one of the most diverse habitats in this world as you’ll find whales, dolphins, fish, and crustaceans here. From the most fearsome sharks to tiny planktons, you will find a diverse assortment of ocean life in this part of the world. This huge number of marine life helps make this ocean among the finest sites for biodiversity on earth.

Just what sorts of sea animals is found in the Pacific? On the topmost tier of the food chain is the whale. The blue, humpback, and sperm whales are just many of the beings which thrive in this ocean. These gentle beings are important in the environment and diversity of the Pacific. Krill, plankton, as well as other tiny fish are a significant part of the diet of the gentle giants, however the killer whale can consume other whales and seals. Sadly, a few of these sea animals are on the brink of extinction.

Various types of sharks also call the Pacific Ocean their home. These kinds of predators are sometimes misrepresented in movies and in books, and this has sometimes added to the species’ vulnerability and near extinction. Its skin comprises of cartilage material (a stuff that is present in human noses and ears), which makes it very hard to cut into.

The Pacific Ocean is also home to a lot of types of fish used in industrial fishing which includes salmon, sardines, and mackerel. Extraordinary kinds of fish such as the Cocinero, Hawaiian ladyfish, and Bering flounder are also found in this ocean. This kind of marine life feeds many people, which is one of the reasons why it is really worth protecting.

The world’s greatest coral reefs are also in the Pacific. These coral reefs are the place to find a diversity of ocean life, which is why a lot of energy is invested in preserving them. Reefs can take thousands of years to develop plus some have even taken up to millions of years to build. The Pacific Ocean is home to wonderful coral reefs such as the ones situated in Australia, New Caledonia, and Papua New Guinea. These reefs contain huge ocean life which needs to be preserved.

The Pacific Ocean isn’t just a large, blue, and vacant space. It’s full of sea animals as well as other organisms that contribute so much to the harmony in the eco-system. We need to understand the value of the ocean and the marine life for us to learn ways to safeguard our heritage for ourselves and for the future generation. Preserving this vast collection of ocean life needs to be one of the top priorities in our preservation efforts, and education plays a large role in this. With the right education, we may just be able to preserve many of the sea animals on the brink of extinction these days.

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WATER SPOUTS
 

Why care about sharks? The hammerhead and many other shark species are on the verge of extinction, with populations decreasing 98% in recent years. In 2004, North Carolina’s 100 year old bay scallop fishing industry was forced shut down due to a direct link with declining shark populations. Over 70 million sharks are killed each year, the majority for their prized shark fins. The media-driven shark frenzy makes us believe sharks are harmful, yet statistically this fear is completely unfounded. Killing sharks threatens our oceans worldwide with our marine ecosystem already collapsing as a direct effect. We must work together to save these magnificent creatures in order to save ourselves and all of our beautiful sea life for future generations.Sharks have been a part of the eco chain for 400 million years, existing longer than dinosaurs. In contrast, humans have only been on earth 100,000 years. As apex predators, sharks are essential to the marine ecosystem, patrolling our oceans to limit overpopulation of other species, eating sick or old fish and maintaining “survival of the fittest” among its prey. As the shark population declines, the oceans will not be able to adjust and eventually all sea life will become endangered, including shellfish and coral.

A 2007 study on the dwindling shark population along the eastern US coast showed a dramatic increase in the number of rays and skates, which feed on bi-valves (scallops, clams, oysters). As the ray population increases due to the decrease in predatory sharks, rays consume an overabundance of shellfish, putting the shellfish population in danger and eliminating our ability to harvest and consume scallops, clams and oysters. Upholding this study is the fact that North Carolina’s 100 year old bay scallop fishing industry between the Outer Banks and the mainland had completely shut down by 2004. Decreased sharks in this area led to a flourishing of cownose rays which consumed the bay scallops, leaving too few to sustain fishing and limiting successful reproduction for the following years. Fish provide 1/5 of the animal protein eaten worldwide, so how many more people would be starving without fish andshellfish to eat?

Sharks are not the enemy and rarely do they attack randomly, unprovoked. Shark attacks average less than 100 per year worldwide, the vast majority being non-fatal. We kill almost 1 million sharks per year for every one “attack”. According to the Center for Disease Control, 4000 people drown yearly in the United States. Shark related deaths tracked on The Global Shark Attack File over the past 200 years total about 1125 worldwide. They list 11 fatalities as of September, 2011, with none occurring in the US. For comparison, The National Weather Service statistics average 55 lightening related fatalities in the US alone per year, so your odds of being killed by lightening are much higher than ever being attacked by a shark! My husband Bill Graham and our network of friends, including many professional underwater photographers, collectively have tens of thousands of shark encounters without a single “attack” incident. Become informed, understand the facts, and educate your friends and family about sharks.

As responsible humans we must ban shark finning worldwide, protect our shark population, allow them to repopulate themselves, and embrace these precious creatures. Our marine ecosystem depends on it. The megladon, a giant shark averaging 50 feet in length that was plentiful in our waters 1.5 – 25 million years ago, can only be found in museums today. Their fossilized giant teeth are uncovered by ocean divers and prized among collectors. In contrast, the majestic blue whale population has increased as much as 10 fold over the past 50 years from its low of less than 2,000 in 1964. The ban on whaling put an end to their declining population and while still endangered, the blue whale is a perfect example of the progress we can make together. We must now do the same for the sharks!

For more information and education please see:
sharkattackfile.net – Information compiled on shark attacks over the past 2
centuries by the Shark Research Institute.
sharksavers.org – Information and education on sharks worldwide
sharks.org – The Shark Research Institute
na.oceana.org – Oceana – Join the supporters, join the petitions, help the aquatic
ecosystem worldwide.
acottonphoto.com – For some amazing photography!