I know that teaching people about environmental issues can sometimes come across as preachy and pushy (utter silliness, but alas), so instead of me sit here and tell you just how bad the state of the oceans is, I will let others do it for me. There is just so much to say - very little of it good. For pete's sake everyone, put your garbage and recycling where it goes! And nevermind making sure your cigarette butts end up in the proper place, just QUIT SMOKING altogether. Don't get me started on that one... I know that most of my readers (all 3 of them) don't smoke (right on friends!), but I just had to add that in, in case some random internet surfer happens upon my lovely blog.
And now, without further ado, here are some links, infographics, and even a terrifyingly real video for you to feast your eyes, ears, and eager brains on. Sometimes people say that you learn one new thing every day. I hope today, this is your new thing, or things, or enough things that you don't need to learn anything new for a whole month.
The ocean is my soul sister, so treat her kindly!
For some facts on the impact this garbage has on local wildlife: wish it wasn't so...
For some wise words about ocean sustainability from the big man himself: www.davidsuzuki.org
To become an Ocean Keeper: peaceloveandoceans
An article from The New York Times by by Charles C. Moore: Choking the Oceans with Plastic
For some seriously sad and eye opening photos: coastalcare.org
And the photo that first caught my attention years ago. This poor gal swam into a plastic ring as a baby, and was forced to grow around it. According to the video posted below, her name is Mae West and she is still alive (or at least was in August 2013).
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."