Linda’s November Blog—The Ocean is Crying
Actually, the ocean is dying! Or, more accurately, we are killing the ocean. One only needs to Google something like “Pacific Trash Island” to find many more articles and photos and You Tube videos like the five I list below:
I’ve known about this for several years but this short article below from The Week based on Greg Ray’s article in the Newcastle Herald (Wales) brought me up short:
Humans have wrecked the ocean, said Greg Ray, Newcastle yachtsman Ivan Macladyen just got back from a sailing trip from Melbourne to Osaka, Japan, and then on to Hawaii and San Francisco. On the same route a decade ago, flocks of birds wheeled around the boat, and fish and whales were plentiful. But in the 10 intervening years, humans have denuded the sea of life. Much of the journey passed through a dead zone: “No fish. No birds. Hardly a sign of life at all” for nearly 3,000 nautical miles. The only living things were fishermen aboard massive trawlers who were stripping a reef of every fish and keeping only the tuna, killing and dumping everything else. “In place of the missing life was garbage in astounding volumes,” some of it—but not all—debris from the 2011 tsunami, including telephone poles, trucks, factory chimneys, and all kinds of plastic. There were miles upon miles of tangled junk, some of it bobbing, some sunk below the surface. When winds were calm, the yacht couldn’t start its motor “for fear of entangling the propeller in the mass of pieces of rope and cable.” Macfadyen is frightened by what he saw. Shaking his head “in stunned disbelief,” he has concluded that “the ocean is broken.” The Week, (November 1, 2013, Vol 13, Issue 641, p. 13)
Granted, the tsunami was an act of nature. But any who will look at the data (including the 5 websites listed above) must take seriously the fact that we are creating trash islands twice the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean. Taken with the increasing rise in the ocean’s temperatures (and therefore of the ocean’s increasing encroachment on shorelines as more of our ice at the poles and glaciers melt), we may be about to see something that makes the tsunami look like a tiny blip. Our rivers are polluted, our lakes are at serious risk around the globe, and the oceans are very broken!
What must we do right now?
STOP USING PLASTIC BAGS AND BOTTLES. JUST STOP! I carry reusable bags in the car. Too often I forget to take them into the store with me. But I don’t let myself off the hook. I go back to the car to get them! NO PLASTIC!
Become active politically to BLOCK THE TAR SANDS PIPELINE! Transporting dirty oil over water tables and farm land is a disaster waiting to happen (and it will happen!). We must work to support renewable energy sources and to stop using fossil fuels.
We must EDUCATE OURSELVES, OUR CHILDREN, OUR STUDENTS AND OUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS! And then we must ACT ON WHAT WE KNOW!
Not only our water, but our air and our land must be protected!
From Genesis 1: 20-23
God then said, “Waters, swarm with an abundance of living beimgs! Birds: fly above the earth in the open expanse of the sky!” And so it was. God created great sea monsters and all sorts of swimming creatures with which the waters are filled, and all kinds of birds. God saw that this was good and blessed them, saying, “Bear fruit, increase your numbers ad fill the waters of the seas! Birds, abound on the earth!” Evening came, and morning followed—the fifth day.
Glacier Bay, Alaska 2011
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland