The Ocean, the Plastic and You
Sending love & sun rays to you from Thailand. Our jungle retreat in Koh Tao finished last week, I'll be leaving for Munich tomorrow. We had a joyous time, saw incredible beauty and fascinating diversity of life in the ocean and the jungle.
Sadly, we also saw the ocean spilling out large amounts of litter to the beaches. Seems that we're treating the oceans like a trash bin: around 80 percent of marine litter originates on land, and most of that is plastic. Plastic that pollutes our oceans and waterways has severe impacts on our environment. Seabirds, whales, sea turtles and other marine life are eating marine plastic pollution and dying from choking, intestinal blockage and starvation. I just read a report that plastic will soon outweigh fish in the world ocean. Here an interesting link: commondreams.org/news/2016/01/19/report-warns-plastics-will-soon-outweigh-fish-worlds-oceans.
I know I'm preaching to the choir here, yet, this can't be reitarated enough. We all need to do our part to stop plastic pollution:
1. Cut plastic out of your daily routine
2. When you need to use plastic, make sure you recycle, and never, ever litter.
3. Take action, regardless how small: Pick up one piece of trash from the beach. Ask producers to design packaging that it is fully recyclable, meaning less waste. We also need producers to help cover the costs of keeping their products out of the ocean. If you're a producer yourself, see above. Buy only the products that can be recycled.
4. We need to stop overfishing our oceans. Change to veggie diet which is so much more sustainable.
5. Make and effort to find more green living tips. Here is one link that gives me lots of inspiration circleoflife.org started by my dear friend Julia Butterfly Hill.
6. Support Sea Shepherd Global or any other organization that works on behalf of the health of our oceans.
Our ocean, our responsibility! With faith and love, Gabriela