Saturday, June 8, 2013

World Ocean Day

Today is World Ocean Day. The Pacific Ocean is the largest in the world—covering 30% of the planet. One of the best homages we can pledge for the great mother ocean is to re-use, or stop using plastic bags, and definitely recycle those non-recyclable plastic bits and shrinkwrap at Trader Joe's, Safeway, etc.

Don't toss any plastic in the garbage can! It sloughs off landfills, etc., or is dumped at sea, and becomes marine debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. There are three garbage patches: Northern (Hawaii), Western (Japan) & Eastern. The Northern garbage patch is two times the size of Texas. And I haven't even mentioned the Atlantic.

Small bits of floating plastic debris breaks down into bite-sized fish morsels, and it never, ever decomposes. Not even inside the stomachs of turtles, seals, whales, fish and other sea creatures that eat it. 

(With thanks to Col. Chris Hadfield's Cuban coral reefs photo—I don't think he'll mind the appropriation.)

This Cuban coral reef redefines the colour blue. Col. Chris Hadfield 

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