Ocean Conservancy is the name, and international coastal cleanup is the game: “Harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash”.
Nearly 12 million people and counting have been part of the world’s biggest volunteer effort to protect the ocean. Will you join us this year?
Today, plastic has been found in 62% of all sea birds and in 100% of sea turtle species.
A problem as big as plastic in the ocean requires a big response! By participating in the International Coastal Cleanup, you can make a difference. You’ll join millions of volunteers just like you, who love the ocean and want to protect it. This year’s International Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, September 16th, 2017.
Find a clean up near you on Ocean Conservancy’s website!
Today at the LA State Historic Park #ActOnClimate hosted a beautiful rally and round-dance for Climate Justice.
The mission: “Together, we will rally for the steps we know are necessary to deliver on the goals of Paris: moving to 100% renewable energy, stopping new fossil fuel projects, divesting from coal, oil and gas companies, and more.”
Among the great speakers who came before the crowd included: Jack Eidt, Co-Founder of SoCal 350 Climate Action; Lydia Ponce, Co-Director of American Indian Movement Southern California; Paul Koretz, Council Member of City of Los Angeles; Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Matt Pakucko, Co-Founder of Save Porter Ranch.
Check out 350 to get involved in events in your local community! (https://350.org)
Happy World Oceans Day!
The theme for World Oceans Day 2017 is “Our Oceans, Our Future”, and the conservation action focus is on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future. For World Oceans Day 2017, hundreds of events are planned around the world, including the first United Nations Ocean Conference being held in New York City during the week of World Oceans Day.
CEF FFT: How many family or friends do you think would take a morning or afternoon this month with you and clean a local beach or park near where you live?
● Happy World Environment Day! ●
In the words of Sadhguru:
“It not because of us that the planet is here, it is because of the planet that we are here. Even to think ‘me and the planet’ is a completely wrong notion because what do you call as ‘myself,’ the physical presence of who you are is just an outcrop of this planet. Whatever you experience as a part of yourself, with that, no one has to tell you ‘please take care of this,’ you will take care of anyways. The planet is for all of us and we cannot exist by ourselves. Our existence here is not here because of our economic activity. Right now, we are made to believe it is because of the percentages of growth happening in this country that you will live well. No, we will live well here if everything is green, water is flowing, air is pure, we will live well here. This idea has to go into every human beings mind.”
To watch Sadhguru’s “Our Environment is Our Life” click here!
Open Litter Map is a web-based litter-mapping game to generate Open Data for a healthier planet. By switching your phone’s camera to allow for “Location Tags,” when you take a photo of litter, the approximate location will be geotagged into the image. Once you upload the image to Open Litter Map’s website, it will need to be verified. After verification is complete it will appear on their global map data as in this screen grab!
Check out their website for more info on how to start uploading your own geotagged photos of trash needing cleanup!
CEF FFT: What would be a next step for the application for mapping litter data? Well, first thing that comes to mind is trash not easily accessible for someone to remove without proper gear, for example in a public park with a large pond where fish, turtles, ducks and other creatures live.
Project AWARE (non-profit organization) is a global movement of scuba divers protecting our ocean planet – one dive at a time. Focused on the critical issues of Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, Project AWARE empowers thousands to work together for a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet.
Also, check out the conservation tools on their website which helps you get connected with other divers, fundraising, info on marine life and marine debris. Dive Against Debris “want(s) to empower you – scuba divers, instructors and ocean enthusiasts – to take action for ocean protection!” On their website you’ll find free downloads, educational resources, tool kits and more.
“Don’t let your dives go to waste! Grab your mesh bag, scuba gear and data card to make every dive a Dive Against Debris” (-Dive Against Debris)
Check out their site here!
Marine Debris office of Response and Restoration has great resources on learning about debris!
Here is a list of some frequently asked questions (and links to answers):
(ABOVE: Marine Debris Tracker)
The Mobile App Marine Debris Tracker originated in 2010 from a joint partnership of the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative (SEA-MDI), located within the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia.
A primary goal of SEA-MDI was to use innovative technologies and unique expertise to add culturally relevant outreach tools and information to the NOAA Marine Debris Program.
Marine Debris Tracker is a product of this initiative. Their goal is to spread awareness of marine debris, as well as serve as an easy to use and simple tool for marine debris data collection. In 2015, funding from 11th Hour Racing (A Program of The Schmidt Family Foundation) is allowed them to expand the tracker as a culturally relevant outreach and data collection tool for the sailing community.
Check out Marine Debris online for more information and to start geotagging litter!
CEF FFT: This could be a very useful tool for cleanup crews to use to arrange events knowing ahead of time there is something to clean.
4Ocean is an organization of teams that help clean the ocean and beaches around the world. You can donate to their cause by purchasing a bracelet and for each their ocean and coastal teams will collect a pound of trash. So far they have already collected over 50,ooolbs worldwide!
They explain how beach cleanups are an effective way to prevent trash from entering the ocean and that offshore cleanups are an effective way to remove trash that has already entered the ocean.
To donate, find out more info and how to become a 4Ocean ambassador visit their webpage at 4Ocean.com
Today at 8:00pm CET (11:00am PST) Boyan Slat just announced the next phase of development for his organization “The Ocean Cleanup”.
“Why go after the plastic, if the plastic can come to you?” was Slat’s original rhetorical motto that summed up their initial netting system to clean the gyres of plastic waste.
For the next phase, he shared a new motto: “To catch the plastic, act like the plastic.”
Unlike the original design which involved a larger netting system that required them to anchor the nets to the ocean bed some 4 kilometers down with mixed subterranean stability (this proved to be the most challenging step as well), their new design involves more modular fleet of nets which are anchored in mid-ocean drift. They were able to test the force and flow of water at different depths and found that the netting system only needed to be drastically slowed from drift, not completely halted. For this reason, weights that would slow the netting down to a rate that plastic still could be collected would be optimal for both the efficiency of implementation as well as the gradual development of a fleet of nets based on a budgetary standpoint.
Oddly enough, this drift technology seems to work even more in our favor than we expected. Slat stated that we need to act like plastic. By this he means that the technology to clean the plastic should be akin to the behavior of the plastic itself in the ocean. He also explains how after the fleet of nets is set up, the netting system should be able to not only gather the plastic but also over time the drifting nets themselves will be gradually gathered together by the current.
For more information visit their website The Ocean Cleanup!