Polica – Wandering Star
Plastic in our oceans. Plastic swirls, double the size of Texas, in our oceans. My husband and I do not have TV at our house, (we just watch Netflix!) so I am going to attribute that to the reason why I had no idea this was such a huge issue. However, I think what has me the most unsettled is that we are not doing anything dramatic to fix this devastating problem. Please educate me if I am mistaken, but I have heard nothing of large-scale attempts to fix this catastrophe. To me, it seems silly that the government is not devoting funding to an issue of this magnitude. When birds, fish, and other organisms are ingesting plastic toxins, they are entering the food chain that we happen to be at the top of. Therefore, these plastic toxins will eventually make their way into our digestive track. I think that alone, warrants our attention. Not to mention the countless deaths and deformations of wildlife in the surrounding areas. My main quest with this post is to get you inspired to help be a part of the solution to this problem, rather than be overwhelmed by it, causing you to become apathetic. Ok, so let’s break this up into three easy parts to keep you on track. Where is all this plastic coming from? How much is there in the Oceans? What can I do about it?
Bottled water definitely seems to receive the most flack in terms of being wasteful, but there are many other types of plastics that are making their way into the oceans. According to Eco-activist David de Rothschild, there are four main pollutants; plastic bags, Styrofoam cups, Styrofoam containers and soda bottle lids. Other pollutants include, toys, product packaging, cheap holiday decorations, beverage cans, chemical containers, milk jugs, and basically any other plastic items you can think of. Where does all this plastic come from? US! This is an entirely man-made problem, which also means that it can be an entirely man-made solution.
How much is there in the Oceans?
Get ready because this number may shock you. While some assumptions had to be made to come to this number, “Stiv Wilson of the ocean conservation group 5 Gyres has made a first attempt to tally how much plastic is in the global ocean. The number he comes up with is staggering: he conservatively estimates there are 315 billion pounds of plastic in the oceans right now.”(1) That number is huge, despairingly huge. Let’s take a look at the world map to see where many of the plastic swirls are currently.
Most experts agree that there are 5 main swirls in the ocean. The Pacific ocean garbage swirl, or gyre, is the largest, but the others will continue to grow if our consumption of plastic does not decline.
What can I do about it?
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and REFUSE to buy single use plastic items as often as possible. In the market today, there are other options available. If we begin to refuse buying single use plastic containers, the market will respond to the demands and offer more environmentally friendly options. You can also check out the below links to see how you can get involved. The main task is to get more visibility to this issue. Make sure you share some of the information you learned from this post, or from one of the organizations posted below, with a friend or family member. This is a problem we created, but it is one we can most certainly fix.
Until Next Time,
Check it Out!
Stop Ocean Plastics: http://www.stopoceanplastics.org/
1. Discovery News: http://news.discovery.com/earth/how-much-plastic-is-in-the-ocean.html
This piece was written on November 9th, 2005 for my theology course. This will be my last post of written pieces from that course. Enjoy!
“‘Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ May we now follow Christ as Lord of our lives, obediently doing His will, and behaving as He would lead us to behave.”‘ Writer, Steve Smartt, does a wonderful job of stating the task of following Jesus. Following Him is an attempt to live your life like He would want you to. However, following Jesus means other things to me as well; such as being willing to give up everything to show my faith that God knows what is best for me.
The call to follow Jesus is one that we all have to listen for in our lives. Jesus calls each of us to do different things with our talents, and we only need to listen attentively to hear Him. For me personally, I am still trying to hear what that call is. I have not decided my major and I am still trying to figure out what I would most enjoy doing for a living, and how that could positively affect the world. I hope that once I do know what my calling is, I will be certain about it and able to live a life with no regrets. (I ended up majoring in Communication Studies!)
I also believe the call to follow Jesus has a lot to do with faith. In order to follow Him, you need to put all of your trust in Him. The fishermen did this when he came and asked them to leave everything behind and follow Him. Those men chose to trust Jesus blindly, and put their lives in His hands. They did not know where He was taking them or what they would be doing, but chose to simply have faith in spite of everything.
It’s arrived! A spray tan that is organic! This may not be the first, but it is certainly the first I have heard about! I have not had a chance to use this product yet, but it seems to be getting rave reviews all over the place!
The product is called Lavish Tan and it consists of a 99% organic solution made from brown sugar naturally derived from apples and combined with anti-aging ingredients, aloe, CoQ10, and vitamins. The tan is supposed to be free from streaks and will not make you look orange.
Check out the before and after photo of Blake Lively after using the product. Looks pretty realistic to me!
The only immediate draw back that I noticed is that it appears to be pretty pricey (as most quality products are). One bottle is $45, and you are supposed to be able to get about 2-3 full body tans out of it, or 30-40 facial/chest tans. In the winter you can probably get away with only spraying your face and upper chest area, but in the summer you might look a little silly.
Winter is almost over, or at least I am dreaming that it will be soon! Then you can get back to getting your lovely vitamin D from natural sunlight, but this might be something worth trying to hold you over until summer officially arrives.
If anyone has tried this product, please let me know if you liked it! If I decide to splurge, I will let you know what I think!
Until next time,
Check out their website! http://www.lavishtan.com/