our planet - this stuff must make you feel a little guilty?
The big blue
The World's seas and oceans are home to countless species, from tiny plankton to the great whale. Yet marine life, and the sea on which we depend, surf and swim, is under threat from pollution, over-fishing and other damaging activities.
As surfers and divers what can we do?
The presence of litter such as plastic bottles, crisp wrappers and sewage related debris on beaches and at sea is unattractive, has health and economic impacts on local communities, and is potentially harmful to marine wildlife through entanglement and ingestion.' [Marine conservation society]
- Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food
- Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they photodegrade: they break down into smaller and smaller toxic bits, contaminating soil and waterways, and enter the food chain when animals accidentally ingest the waste
- Plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris most often found in coastal cleanups, according to the nonprofit Center for Marine Conservation
- Recycling just one tin can saves enough energy to run your TV for 3 hours (better still don't watch it at all and get a life)
- Recycling one glass bottle can save enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours
- Packaging accounts for more than 30 percent of your garbage
- According to the American Forest and Paper Association, in 1999 the U.S. alone used 10 billion paper grocery bags, requiring 14 million trees to be cut down
I know you would rather be out on your board but this is important. It only takes one, then another one to follow that one, then before you know you have million or even a billion people who not only care about our environment but are doing something about it . If it sounds naive think again.
- Conserve water in your daily life. That's an easy one
- Pick up trash, participate in trash clean-up days just do it automatically you don't have to be a geek about it. Caring is cool.
- Choose non-toxic products for household use. You knew that!
- Respect your sewer system – don’t pour toxic wastes and out-of-date medications down the toilet plus a few other things not to be mentioned here. You know what were talking about
- Do not dump oil down storm drains; recycle used motor oil. We know is easier, but do you really want to be on the end of that one when your surfing
- When visiting coral reefs, do not touch living coral. Hey every scuba knows that one
- Join and support organisations like Surfers Against Sewage and others