A young married couple were walking along a beach on a warm, August afternoon. The wife watched her husband toss the last of his Marlboro Blue cigarette butts to the sand. He paused, only briefly, to bury them in sand under his flip flop. He, on most days, found fresher taste in them than the water of abundance for him to drink. His wife gazes at the cerulean vastness behind him, patched in murky green spots and suburban debris all over as if she’s trying to pry something clean and clear out of it to tell him. Instead, she speaks an alternative way. He catches her gaze as he heaves a couple dry coughs into his forearms, and subsequently follows her eyes to another shade of blue. He turns around quickly enough that his refocus startled her. She twitched the slightest bit, as she gave him concerned looks in between look peripherally back towards the cigarette grave. He shrugged, seeming almost helpless, while he chucked the invisible angels of his shoulders in favor of listening to the devil that breathed through his blackening lungs. He slowly backed away from the worrisome woman and towards the waters behind him. He stepped in, footstep after footstep, the ocean was absconding with his body, and maybe even, his former self. He swam through waters - his legs kicking strong and free - until he was bound up by pesky netting wrapping his toes and holding down his feet. Sooner or later, he felt he was being weighed down, and the battle to keep his head above water got tougher and tougher. He looked down and could make out something the shape of heavy machinery caught on the other end of the netting. The pollution he was so indifferent and ambivalent to, was winning the tug of war for his survival. For all the poison in his lungs, he knew he didn’t want to die swallowed by it, but holding his breath only put a countdown on his consciousness. In short seconds, vividly murky colors faded to a pitch black, and so he faded too. When he awoke, he wasn’t staring at the blue of the water, but of the cloudless sky. His view was framed by tree trunk feet rising into spectating strangers. The two faces that jumped out of the group were the lifeguard trying to focus his attention towards him, and the wife who took in heavy calming breathes to quell the nervousness that was dying down in her. At that moment when his eyes met the lifeguard’s, he realized: to a world he once saw as giving him a bad hand, he felt the time was right to give it a helping one.
At the best of several kind people, here’s that short story you all wanted! Hope you like it :)
(If anyone knows any story blogs that look for this sort of thing, let me know!)
So, my mom is pretty amazing. Awhile ago I showed her this roll of re-usable “paper towels” on Pinterest. She recently presented me with a roll of them she sewed herself & then had my uncle made a wooden holder for…
I was like “Ma, I just thought they were a cool idea!” She says “yeah I know, so I made you some!”
So yea they are terrycloth on one side and cotton on the other, they snap together and are wrapped around a hard cardboard tube then placed on a regular old wooden paper towel holder. They can be washed, dried & snapped back together for future use.
Every year, humans cut down approximately 15 billion trees.
Aside from providing 30% of our planet’s oxygen, trees are vital in providing habitat, holding soil, controlling floods, reducing noise pollution, and maintaining biodiversity.
A single tree has the capacity to absorb 20 tons of carbon dioxide, produce 1550 pounds of oxygen, and take in 45 pounds of suspended dust in a given year. Yet, since the dawn of their time, humans have reduced the Earth’s tree coverage by nearly one half.
Celebrate National Seafood Month By Making Sustainable Choices
October is National Seafood Month. It’s an opportune time to celebrate the sustenance provided by the sea and also make an extra effort to enjoy sustainable seafood.
Sustainable, or ocean-healthy, seafood means it is fished or farmed in ways that are better for the environment. It also helps save other marine animals we don’t typically fish for – like sea turtles, rays and sharks – that can be mistakenly caught as bycatch.
Need help getting started? Here are three easy tips that you can follow and share with others:
Ask grocers and restaurants: “Do you sell sustainable
seafood?” It lets them know sustainable seafood is important to you.
Buy Seafood Watch Best
Choices or Good Alternatives. Download our free app to help inform your purchases.
Choose Seafood Watch partners. Find them using the Seafood
Watch app and be confident about what you’re buying.
Americans consume nearly four times the amount of animal protein than the global average. Don’t think you can commit to a vegan lifestyle? For every day you don’t eat meat, you can save over 400 gallons of water and reduce your carbon footprint by 8 pounds. Challenge yourself to at least one “meat free” day per week.
This logo was designed in 1989 by a family member in protest of the Exxon Valdez oil spill that happened in March of that year in Prince William Sound Alaska, just east of Anchorage. That spill destroyed ocean habitat in Alaska and has affected BC and the whole pacific coast. We have decided to reprint it using the last known original and have added the printing on the back.
All profits from the sales of this shirt are going to be donated to small shore clean ups on Vancouver Island and if it does well I’m planning to donate to shore clean up efforts in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California.
Completely eco-friendly, the “Green Village” in Bali is composed of 15 houses along the Ayung River. Designed by Donna Karan, the construction is mainly made from bamboo which stresses the concept of sustainability and craftsmanship.
This Starbucks in Mexico City acts as a hidden gateway to the largest park in Latin America, Bosque de Chapultepec. Natural lighting is used to contribute to the protection of the surrounding environment.