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Use Less Plastic

April 22, 2010

Every piece of plastic ever made still exists today, and much of this plastic has traveled from our hands to our oceans. The most important thing you can do is use less plastic. Join the Blue movement and sign the plastic pledge at

Use Less Plastic from TakePart on Vimeo.


Ocean hope at Mission Blue: A collaboration experiment comes good

April 13, 2010

How to describe what happened last week? A Galapagos sea-voyage of 100 people (including Sylvia Earle, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks, Steve Case, Ted Waitt, Bill Joy, Jackson Browne, Damien Rice, Chevy Chase, Jean-Michel Cousteau and 30 of the world’s leading marine scientists) turned into an epic event that may have significant impact on global efforts to save our oceans. It happened because the individuals and organizations on board chose to abandon the obstacles that often engulf nonprofit work, and engage in a process of emergent collaboration that I, for one, found truly thrilling.


Plastic Trash Found in Mahi Mahi

March 18, 2010

Here’s a sad report on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch reported by ABC News Video. A recent expedition by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation found ingested plastic in Mahi Mahi. This is one of the most common fish eaten here in Hawaii and is found on most seafood restaurant menus in the U.S. The takeaway from this? If you’re eating Mahi Mahi, you’re eating fish that have eaten contaminated plastic. Toxins from that plastic are in the fish’s system. You still want to eat that? This is a nice, concise, overview of both the plastic problem and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Acid Test, The global challenge of ocean acidification

October 29, 2009

I just received a link to this video via a comment on a previous post. I think ocean acidification has gotten far too little press. I’ve been wanting to find the time to develop my own presentation on it, but this one is far better than I’d be able to do.

Victory! More Than 23,000 Square Miles of Rare Corals Protected

October 1, 2009

Good news for Atlantic coast coral reefs. Oceana reports that after more than five years of work by Oceana and others, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved a plan to protect more than 23,000 square miles of known deep-sea coral from North Carolina to Florida from destructive fishing gear. It’s believed to be the largest contiguous distribution of pristine deepwater coral ecosystems in the world. The decision will now be sent to NOAA for approval, and new regulations will likely take effect by the end of 2009.


Take Action: Say NO to more offshore drilling

September 15, 2009

Offshore oil and gas development and oil spills impact coastal communities, soil beaches and destroy ocean wildlife such as marine mammals, fish, and sea birds. Help prevent more of these types of catastrophes and put our nation on the path to a clean energy future while protecting our oceans.

Your help is needed to stop the planned expansion of oil drilling across the country! On his way out of Washington, former President Bush proposed a parting gift to his friends in the oil industry. This plan allows oil and gas leasing in almost all of the Arctic Ocean and would open the nation’s coastlines from California to Maine to the threat of oil drilling.

Fight Bush’s oil drilling legacy by taking action today >>

Chris Jordan follows the plastic to Midway Atoll

September 15, 2009

Chris Jordan ┬áis on Midway Atoll with a team of artists to document a shocking result of our love of plastic: thousands of albatrosses who mistake floating plastic trash for food — and are starving to death.