We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? Here are the life cycles of three different plastic bottles.
Bottle One, like hundreds of millions of tons of its plastic brethren, ends up in a landfill. This huge dump expands each day, as more trash moves in and continues to take up space.
As plastics sit there being compressed, rainwater flows through the waste and absorbs the water soluble compounds it contains, and some of those are highly toxic. Together they create a harmful stew called “leachate”, which can move into groundwater, soil, and streams, poisoning ecosystems and harming wildlife. It can take Bottle One an agonizing 1,000 years to decompose.
Bottle Two floats on a trickle that reaches a stream, a stream that flows into a river, and a river that reaches the ocean. After months lost at sea, it’s slowly drawn into a massive vortex, where trash accumulates - place known as “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” This is one of five plastic filled gyres in the worlds seas.
Some animals mistake the brightly colored plastic bits for food. Plastic makes them feel full when they’re not, so they starve to death, passing the toxins from the plastic up the food chain, eventually to us.
Bottle Three, on the other hand, is recycled. It’s taken away on a truck to a plant, where it and its companions are squeezed flat and compressed into a block. The blocks are shredded into tiny pieces, which are washed and melted, so they become the raw materials that can be used again. Bottle Three is ready to be reborn, as something new.
So, what can you do? First - reduce your use of plastic altogether! And when you do find yourself needing to buy a bottle, don’t forget to recycle it. You’ll be doing Planet Earth a great, big favor.
Ocean plastic pollution is a massive environmental problem. Millions of tons of plastic waste enter the ocean every year, even plastic that goes in the trash can often ends up in the sea! Joe Hansons teaches us about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and look at the dangers ocean plastic poses to ocean animals. Plus, a few tips for you to reduce your own plastic use!
These seafolk are nomadic in nature with sleek silvery bodies that help them blend into the natural blue of the open seas. They usually live in small social groups but some couples travel together (some even go it alone). Most travel between ports, sharing food, news, knowledge, and goods. When making long treks, they visit communal algae farms that are discretely set up along the surface of the ocean.
They are some of the strongest and fastest of all merfolk and have a stigma of being brutish amongst some social circles. Despite this, they are some of the world’s most accomplished astronomers and mapmakers, some are even working on how to recycle plastic from garbage patches collecting on the surface of major oceans.
Today is World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Together, let’s honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans!
1. While the Earth’s oceans are known as five separate entities, there is really only one ocean.
2. The ocean contains upwards of 99% of the world’s biosphere, that is, the spaces and places where life exists.
3. Jellyfish are soft because they are 95% water and are mostly made of a translucent gel-like substance called mesoglea. With such delicate bodies, jellyfish rely on thousands of venom-containing stinging cells called cnidocytes for protection and prey capture.
4. Plastics & litter that make their way into our oceans are swiftly carried by currents, ultimately winding up in huge circulating ocean systems called gyres. The earth has five gyres that act as gathering points, but the largest of all is known as the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ and has grown so immense that the oceanic garbage patch can shift from around the size of Texas, to something the size of the United States.
5.The 200 or so species of octopuses are mollusks belonging to the order Cephalopoda, Greek for ‘head-feet’. Those heads contain impressively large brains, with a brain to body ratio similar to that of other intelligent animals, and a complex nervous system with about as many neurons as that of a dog.
6. Some lucky animals are naturally endowed with bioluminescence, or the ability to create light. The firefly, the anglerfish, and a few more surprising creatures use this ability in many ways, including survival, hunting, and mating.
- Avoid purchasing products that contain microplastics. Microplastic particles and microbeads are most often made of Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and Nylon. PE and PP are the most common found in cosmetics and bath products.
Today, June 8, is World Oceans Day! The oceans, which cover close to three-fourths of our planet, are vitally important to life on Earth. They produce most of the oxygen in our atmosphere (close to 70 percent!) and form the base of food chains that carry onto land! But right now, our oceans are facing a pretty big threat, and it’s plastics.
Maybe you’ve heard of the Pacific Garbage Patch. Now, all that trash didn’t just get dumped in the middle of the ocean; most of it actually started outon land.
Like they said in Finding Nemo: All drains lead to the ocean, and that includes storm drains. As water flows down our streets, it often picks up whatever garbage is in its path, usually things like plastic water bottles or small packages. If the water passes into a treatment facility, these things get filtered out, but in many cases, that runoff gets dumped right into bays or oceans–and the trash goes along for the rise.
Much of the garbage is plastics, and the majority of plastics are made with petroleum. This means that they don’t really break DOWN, but rather break APART. These tiny pieces of plastic can look a lot like food to some small fish, and they may ingest them by mistake. To make matters worse, many of these plastics are made with a chemical called BPA, which is toxic when released.
I know I’m painting a pretty grim picture here, but there is good news! Because humans are the source of these plastics, we are also the solution. If we as individuals can reduce our use of plastics, we can make a difference.
So join me this World Oceans Day by doing any or as many of the following as you are able:
use a reusable water bottle
use a reusable shopping bag, or purchase one if you don’t already have one
reuse a single use shopping bag, if you have one lying around
skip a straw in your drink (unless it’s a reusable straw)
consider what single-use plastics you use in your life, and think of ways you can replace them with reusable alternatives
pick up a piece of trash you see on the ground and throw it away
tell someone what I’ve told you in this post, either in person or through social media
Remember, a healthy ocean starts here on land! You can make a difference, today and every day!
Important message from Mermaid Kelly: Ariel is swimming by to encourage you to help protect her home. Even though she collects human “treasures”, other sea creatures and marine life become injured or even die because of human trash, including thousands of sea turtles, whales, and over one million seabirds each year. All of this trash can harm & entangle fish, sharks, and damages coral reefs. In the Pacific Ocean there is even a huge area called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” This is a large area filled with debris, approximately the size of Texas. The debris extend down 20 feet & contains 3.5 million tons of garbage. It is estimated to double size in the next 5 years. A marine biologist & ocean activist, Sylvia A. Earle once stated “If the ocean dies, we die.” Without the ocean, we can’t survive. Around 50% of the oxygen we breath comes from phytoplankton in the ocean. Many Ocean Activists have already taken action to preserve these creatures and our home, now it’s your turn! You can start taking the steps to helping all of the life in the ocean by using fewer plastic products, recycling, doing local beach/ river clean ups, support local organizations working to protect the ocean, influence change in your local community, but most importantly, educate yourself on the ocean & how to protect it.
This video is also up on my Mermaid Kelly YouTube channel as well! Feel free to share the message and video~
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/PY5tR8E8sZk
Tumblrs mobile patch notes make me want to kms, imagine being so incompetent that instead of telling people what you changed or even generalizing what you did, you instead put stuoid meaningless garbage
Y’all we’ve arrived at the final Richonne moment of 7x12! 🎉And it is an adorably perfect moment if I do say so myself. 😊
So the Trash Lady clearly folds and gets in formation once Rick lays out the deal of their negotiation. You can tell that Rick is still super annoyed and frustrated that these Garbage Patch Kids are so difficult and I love that Michonne sees that he’s upset and she makes her way over to him.
Like this is a wife that is so in tune with her man and knows exactly how to comfort him and reach him for whatever occasion.
And so they stand in front of each other, all up close and personal as usual. Like for real they are standing super close in this public place and I love it cuz it just further proves that these two are 100% magnets. 👌🏽
And, looking all glowy and peaceful, Michonne tells him “You get a few more days, before what happens next.” I’ve mentioned it before, but I have to say it again; I really do adore the tone of the way these two talk to each other. 😍
Like she’s just so uplifting and gentle with him in this moment and again she’s saying his words back to him with the whole “what happens next” and “few more days” cuz she knows that’s what he’s been wanting.
It’s also cute that she tells him you get a few more days cuz you know she means “a few more days out there with me” lol. And Rick also knows this and he proceeds to have the cutest dang reaction. 😋
Like he really hears her out and then legitimately visibly perks up upon realizing this means they get more time together.
It’s adorable the way he curiously and happily says, “Few more days?” Like y'all this man was super annoyed just seconds ago and now his entire demeanor has changed and he’s practically cheery. 😊
And Homeboy low key looks entranced too lol. Cuz they were already standing super close and then he steps even closer to her. Like all of a sudden no one else was even there anymore, it was just the two of them.
Hearing that he gets a few more days to just be with her is music to his ears. And it’s clear this woman holds the keys to his heart, y'all.
Plus, it’s cute that the writers do this cuz, throughout the whole episode, Rick consistently wanted a few more days and so it’s nice that they end with him getting what he wanted from the beginning. Like it feels full circle. And we actually get a rare TWD happy ending. 🙌🏾
And I love that Michonne one; knew how to lift Rick’s spirits in this moment two; put a positive spin on this frustrating gun situation by reminding Rick this means a few more days to just live and three; when Michonne then replies, “That’s right. We’ll find more, figure it out. Soon. In a few more days.” It shows how she’s evolved too.
That talk with Rick in the van has opened her own eyes to know that time is limited and so you can see that she too is excited for and plans to cherish these few more days they get.
Originally, she was so ready to just get this fight started and over with but now she’s okay with the fight being put off for a little bit. This lets us know she’s come to terms with how short life can be and so she’s ready to make the most of their time as well. They’re fully on the same page once again. 👌🏽
And it’s sweet how positive her words are too. Like she really is Rick’s cheerleader and she’s confident that they’ll figure things out so long as they figure it out together.
I just love that, despite the gun situation being unnecessarily prolonged, they’re both low key happy that it means more time together. Like basically, this implies that R&M got a “Say Yes 2″. 😋
They spent a whole trip together and yet here they are excited for even more time. That’s how you know it’s the real love. 💯
Again this was such an amazing husband and wife moment and what made it even better is that after that proposal it feels like they too know that they’re husband and wife.
Like they look at each other like they’re married and they know it. And I love how visibly happy you can tell they make each other. Just the idea of a few more days is enough to make them leave that junkyard feeling like they won. 😊
And then they walk off holding hands cuz TWD has no chill. 😂 I love it! Them holding hands here just lets you know that they really do know they’re married and that those magnets are alive and well within them.
I adore that this is so natural for them and that, not only are they unafraid of PDA, but they do it so often and wherever they go. Here. For. It. 🙌🏾
And as they hold hands and walk off, looking like royalty, we all watched them from above, in our newfound place in Heaven. 😇 It was great.
This was legit my mood as R&M concluded what was basically a beautiful Richonne bottle…
Like you just had to turn up for all the gold that we witnessed in this episode. Richonne completely delivered in 7x12 and it was tens across the board. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
I know the episode technically ended with Rosita and her foolish plan but, for me, that handhold was the end.
(Side note tho: Rick was looking real refreshed when he was talking to Tara at the end of the episode lol. Like that was def a man who has had a nice honeymoon vacation 😂)
I remember when it ended I was like TWD should make it mandatory to have a Richonne bottle each season cuz the amount of A1 Richonne goodness in this episode was everything. 💯😊
It was so great to see Rick and Michonne just get to be Rick and Michonne, and revel in Richonne, as well as be so human and multidimensional and playful and heartfelt. Like I got my life and was buried all at the same time. 🙉😊
This episode truly was such a meaningful love letter to Richonne and a reminder of why Rick and Michonne are truly the GOAT. 👌🏽😋
I started these 7x12 posts with this and I’ll say it one last time just for good measure; In “Say Yes” we were blessed. Amen. 🙌🏾🎉😊
I need to fully develop my conservation blog and post things like this there. But here’s the deal.
We are in the midst of the planet’s sixth mass extinction.
These are incredibly rare, and yes, it is what you think it is - when hundreds, thousands of species go extinct within a short period of time. But if it’s happened before, why is this one so bad?
Because the five before this have been due to completely natural causes. The warming or cooling of the planet, volcano eruptions, floods, droughts…
But this time, HUMANS are the primary problem. That’s right, us. You and I.
Sure, we are not the only reason for species going extinct, but everything we do harms the environment. Our hunger for expansion and a higher standard of living has caused us to keep destroying nature just so we can build on it.
So, habitat destruction is a HUGE problem. Along with littering, overpopulation, overusage of water, fragmentation, and carbon emissions (which contribute to global warming). We are invading and destroying rainforests - even the protected biodiversity hotspots are difficult to preserve - and disaster falls.
We are wiping out keystone species, plants and animals that could trigger the collapse of an entire ecosystem because they’re so important. We are losing species of plants that may have undiscovered medicinal value (like a cure for cancer).
Species are disappearing faster than we can blink. What will we do when the bees are gone? The sea turtles, the sharks? What happens when you wake up in the morning and the birds aren’t singing, what happens when you go to the beach and instead of clean sand and rocks, it’s filled with litter and trash?
So, yes. We are destroying our planet and ensuring the downfall of both us and future generations.
So how can we stop this?
1.) Conserve resources. The lower the demand is for products, the less people will go out and harvest them. Try and save water, drive less (public transportation may be a better option for example), save electricity by turning lights off. The littlest things can help.
2.) Don’t litter. This should be easy. But apparently, people haven’t been getting the message. Those garbage patches in the ocean can’t just be cleaned up.
3.) RECYCLE!! This is so important, and so easy! I’m astonished at the amount of people I know who don’t recycle. Please encourage everyone you know to participate, too.
4.) Educate. We have the world at our fingertips. Visit the IUCN red list, which documents all species of animals, and names their status. Look at other websites. Learn. Teach people. Let them know what’s happening.
5.) Donate. This can be the hardest to do because, well - money is hard to come by. But I urge you all to send this money to a good cause. There are soooo many environmental and conservation groups out there to donate to. Your money will be well spent. Just make sure you research each project before donating to ensure it’s not a scam.
Thank you for listening - and I urge you all to speak up about this. We need this planet. It doesn’t need us.
If your anticaptivity why do you work at an aquarium with dolphins? Are you going to try to work with wild animals or stay in this setting
I don’t approve of keeping cetaceans in captivity because I feel that, in most settings, we cannot adequately provide for their space and stimulation needs. And I feel that if you cannot properly provide for an animal’s physical and mental needs, you should not keep that animal.
That being said, I know most of the dolphin staff personally and have seen up-close-and-personal just how much work goes into our dolphins’ care. And I have to say that, honestly, the only thing I would want more for our dolphins is more space. Their habitat, I feel, is too small.
That being said, all of our dolphins were born in aquariums, so like… they’ve literally never known anything different. Of the seven, six were born at our institution, so our dolphin exhibit is their idea of The Whole World. For all I know about dolphins, they could have adapted to that smaller space and being in a substantially larger space could be extremely stressful to them.
But in terms of their mental stimulation… honestly, it’s top-notch. They get tons of enrichment sessions, lots of interactions with their trainers, so many new toys to play with… Spending time watching them, I see them interacting with their enrichment items in tons of novel ways, interacting with each other socially, trying to interact with anyone who comes near the pool.
They are bright-eyed, curious, and responsive to their environment. They don’t log at the surface. They don’t chew on things. They show no signs of stereotyped behavior. They are active and interested. Honestly, I think their mental needs are very well-met.
So why do I work at an institution that keeps cetaceans? Because I feel that our cetaceans are very well cared for. I think their day-to-day behavior speaks for itself.
As for whether or not I’ll stay in the captive-animal business… Yes, I will.
I always tell people that, ultimately, the goal of my job is to eliminate my job. So much of our misuse of the natural world and its animals comes from an emotional, mental, and spiritual disconnect between us and nature. My job–and the job of zoos, aquariums, nature centers, and other places that keep captive animals for educational purposes–is to help people forge those connections they lack. To help them see the animals up close, to learn about how their choices impact the environment, and to realize how they can make better choices.
In a perfect world, my job would not exist.
In a perfect world, there would be no need for people to see the animals up close to develop an emotional connection to them. They would already have it.
In a perfect world, no one would need to learn how their choices impact the environment. They would already know.
In a perfect world, people would already be making those better choices.
We do not live in a perfect world yet.
But my job, and the job of educators at similar institutions the world over, is to help bring us one step closer to that perfect world. That’s what we’re working towards. We see where the problems lie, we know the steps to fix them, and we are reaching out to everyone we can to help them see that their choices matter. Our ideal conversations generally go something like this:
staff: “This animal is really cool! [talks about certain aspects of their biology, behavior…]” guest: “Wow! That animal is so amazing! I really like them now!” staff: “Unfortunately, this animal is facing challenges in its environment. [talk about things like marine plastics, ocean acidification, deforestation, unsustainable fishing practices…]” guest: “Oh that’s awful! How can I help?” staff: “I’m so glad you asked…”
Many of the people I talk to on any given day have never heard of ocean acidification. Many of them have heard about the Pacific Garbage Patch, but they never realized that garbage they see on the ground in their neighborhood park can very easily travel with the runoff and eventually become part of it. Many of them had always sort of figured that cockroaches had some purpose in the ecosystem, but were always too grossed out by them to really care and just wanted to see them dead.
Until they met me, or one of my coworkers, and we opened their eyes to it.
I work in captive settings because my passion isn’t just for the animals. It’s also for the people who come to see them. Our reef tanks and touchpools aren’t just pretty centerpieces or places for parents to make memories with their kids. They are classrooms, libraries–places where learning happens, where knowledge is shared, where passion is inspired and change begins.
I hold on hard to the belief that humanity is getting better. That even though it’s coming in fits and starts, we are learning how to live well on the Earth, and to be harmonious with all the life around us.
I have to.
Otherwise, all of my passion is meaningless.
So until we live in that perfect world, you’ll find me working at zoos, aquariums, nature centers, all of the above–doing my damnedest to bring it around.
big spoon/little spoon: Spot may be willing to let his guard down around Race, but he’s still unwilling to let Race be the big spoon (although a lot of it has to do with Spot wanting to have a hold on Race to make sure he doesn’t go anywhere)
favorite non-sexual activity: They play cards a lot, and spend a lot of time with their friends.
who uses all the hot water: Race. Sometimes he does it just to be a dick.
most trivial thing they fight over: They “argue” over pretty much everything, but it’s never with malice. It’s just how they communicate. They can tell the difference between normal communication and an actual fight. As for big arguments, they argue a lot over Race smoking. Spot would really like him to stop.
who does most of the cleaning: Neither of them like to clean, so they try to switch off on who does what, but Spot does most of it because Race cooks.
what has a season pass on their dvr/who controls the netflix queue: Honestly I don’t see them watching much TV. Like yeah, they’ll cuddle up on the couch and watch something once in a while, but they aren’t avid television watchers.
who calls up the super/landlord when the heat’s not working: Spot. He has the no-nonsense tone about him that ensures that the job gets done.
who steals the blankets: Racetrack. Spot wonders how a guy so small can need so many blankets.
who leaves their stuff around: Both of them are garbage at picking up after themselves
who remembers to buy the milk: Race generally does the shopping, but he will text Spot to get milk, or any other needed item while Spot’s out. If he doesn’t respond within 13 seconds, Race will text again. And again. Until he gets an answer (and his milk)
who remembers anniversaries: Race is better at preparing for them, but Spot knows every date off the top of his head.
Who cooks normally? Race. Italian is his specialty (obviously)
How often do they fight? They banter a lot. They don’t fight often, but it’s still more than Javid
What do they do when they’re away from each other? They’re both pretty good at being independent. They can spend days apart and then when they’re reunited they pick up right where they left off. They’re also pretty busy running their respective hierarchies, if we’re talking canon here.
Nicknames for each other? …Well, you know, Race and Spot. Anthony and Sean are reserved for when it’s important (or when they’re trying to annoy the other)
Who is more likely to pay for dinner? They don’t go out much, because Race is a damn good cook, but when they do, they joke around about who has to pay- Spot says Race, Race says Spot. Usually Spot ends up paying as sort of a “thank you” to Race for doing all the cooking.
Who steals the covers at night? Race
What would they get each other for gifts? One year Spot got Race a key to his house and it was kind of a big deal.
Who kissed who first? Spot kissed Race. If he was braver, he would have done it on the Brooklyn Bridge, but instead he opted for a quiet space where they could be alone.
Who made the first move? They flirted around each other for a long time, but ultimately, it was Spot who got sick of the bullshit and decided to do something about tit.
Who remembers things? Race remembers a lot of the important details, but Spot remembers obscure things
Who started the relationship? Spot, although he tried to be cool about it. He asked Race after they had kissed a few times if they were and item. Race responded by saying he had assumed they’d been one for a while.
Who cusses more? Spot, but Race is no saint
What would they do if the other was hurt? Both of them are pretty good at patching up the other, but garbage at patching up themselves. Spot surprisingly panicks more than Race, though.
big spoon/little spoon: Jack is the big spoon most of the time, unless he’s had a really rough day, in which case David will hold him.
favorite non-sexual activity: They like to go out and walk around New York. Jack has stories for every street corner of Manhattan, and even though Davey used to be a bit anxious about it, he loves hearing Jack talk.
who uses all the hot water: Jack. He doesn’t mean to, he just gets very lost in thought and forgets what he’s doing
most trivial thing they fight over: who’s turn it is to pick Les up from school
who does most of the cleaning: David. Jack’s tried to help him, but David is too much of a perfectionist.
what has a season pass on their dvr/who controls the netflix queue: Jack watches more TV than Davey, but Davey is pretty much obsessed with Parks and Rec.
who calls up the super/landlord when the heat’s not working: Jack. Davey isn’t as good at being assertive as Jack is, and he’s more anxious about making phone calls.
who steals the blankets:Jack. It feels nice to always be warm enough, something Jack didn’t always have, so Davey really can’t complain. Besides, Jack is always wrapped around Davey anyway, so he isn’t terribly cold.
who leaves their stuff around:J a c k. Davey has a place for everything, but Jack figures if it’s out of the way, it’s fine.
who remembers to buy the milk: Davey. Every time.
who remembers anniversaries: They both do, but Jack is surprisingly more aware of special events.
Who cooks normally? They switch, but Jack is actually a really good cook.
How often do they fight? Very rarely.
What do they do when they’re away from each other? Jack spends more time working on his art, and David reads, or does online research (although that more often than not leads to Davey getting stuck in an online spiral)
Nicknames for each other? David is the only person allowed to call Jack ‘Jackie.’ Jack will sometimes use ‘babe,’ but he much prefers Davey’s actual name. “Dave” is reserved for special occasions (usually when Jack is trying to be assertive, or during sex)
Who is more likely to pay for dinner? Jack is happy at having enough money to be able to pay for dinner, so he usually wins, but David is always willing to pay if Jack would let him.
Who steals the covers at night? Same as the stealing blankets, Jack.
What would they get each other for gifts? David gets Jack blank canvases and sketchbooks and art supplies, and Jack gets David new books, and really nice pens because Davey loves writing.
Who kissed who first? Jack kissed Davey
Who made the first move? Jack again
Who remembers things? Davey is more organized, and has things written down all the time
Who started the relationship? Jack was incredibly nervous when he told Davey how he felt, but lucky for him, David had been aware of his own feelings for quite some time.
Who cusses more? Jack, unless they’re in bed.
What would they do if the other was hurt? Jack freaks out and thinks the situation is way worse than it is, while Davey has a cool head and knows how much medical attention is actually required.