(Be aware that this PSA applies to all bodies of water, even man made pools, as the chemicals will still be carried into the ocean.)
It’s well known fact that the ocean is in critical danger from pollution. We are in the middle of a mass extinction event that is being severely advanced by human activity. The ocean drives the Earth’s life and weather. If it fails, we are doomed.
As of today, over 90% of the Great Barrier Reef is dead.
What can we possibly do to help? Switch to a reef safe sunscreen. Every little thing you do to take the pressure off of reefs will help in their recovery and preservation.
Sunscreen isn’t reef safe? Huh? The main ingredient in a vast majority of sunscreen brands is something called oxybenzone along with a slew of other chemicals. Oxybenzone and the like is toxic to coral and damaging to fish and crustaceans. Even some “natural” ingredients such as mineral oil are deadly, as it biodegrades very slowly and is harmful to all sea life. It causes the corals to bleach themselves, a process in which the symbiotic algae is ejected from the coral. Coral can sometimes survive a bleaching event but with other pollutants and high heat, they almost never do.
That’s awful! But if it’s in all sunscreen, how can I possibly be safe in the sun and save the reefs? That’s easy! Start using a “reef safe” sunscreen! These sunscreens contain only zinc or titanium oxide as the active ingredient, a powerful UVB and UVA blocker that is completely reef safe! It’s also great for those with sensitive skin.
Awesome! Where can I find reef safe sunscreen? You can find reef safe sunscreen in dive shops and most stores that carry sunscreen. Just make sure the only active ingredients are “zinc oxide” or “titanium oxide”. Avoid oxybenzone and mineral oil at all cost! Online shops such as amazon also have dozens of excellent reef safe sunscreens.
Is tanning oil okay? Unfortunately not! Tanning oil causes the same kind of oil damage as an oil spill. In small doses it’s not going to do much but keep in mind that millions if not billions of beach-goers deposit tanning oil into the ocean whenever they swim. It’s best to wash off any tanning oil before entering the ocean to swim. Hit the showers!
Why should I even care that my sunscreen isn’t reef safe? One earth, one ocean. If the oceans fail, if the biodiversity plummets, if the reefs die, the water turns to toxic sludge, then we are all doomed. We lose a source of food. We lose a source of capital. We lose ways of life. We lose cultures. We will lose the Earth. If the oceans go, humanity will soon follow.
Don’t let the next generation grow up with stories of “….back when the reefs still existed”
In these two countries, where extreme levels of air pollution have already caused millions of deaths, some companies are finding success in turning fresh air into a luxury akin to a bottle of Fiji water. And we do mean luxury, as the wealthy are the only ones can afford the price.
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.
In Beijing, China banned 2.5 million cars from driving for 2 weeks to get this beautiful blue sky for a World War II commemorative parade. As soon as the parade was over, the ban was lifted, and the blue vanished within 24 hours.
Its not just large craters being caused by methane blowouts in the boreal regions of the globe (see http://bit.ly/29Qtoq7 for photos of the large craters that have appeared in Siberia), as revealed by this video recently published by the Siberian Times. A tract of grass and soil is underlain by a bubble of gas, making it float above the frozen matter beneath and bounce around like a trampoline. The research team found 15 such blisters in their survey of Belyy Island sits in the Arctic Ocean’s Kara Sea, a long running site for research into the changing climate up north (see http://bit.ly/2a62ppE for a summary).
Boyan Slat’s solution for ocean pollution came to life on Thursday when a prototype of his product — a system that uses the sea’s currents to collect debris — was put to the test for the first time.The floating ocean cleaning device arrived in the North Sea on schedule and everything went as planned. When devising a name for his potentially revolutionary prototype, Slat asked the internet for help — and the result was hilarious.
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Especially on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island, plastic food packaging and bottles are cluttering the water, while mounds of trash are piling on the sand. People are suspecting that most of the trash comes from illegal dumping from mainland China, and the worst part? It’s only gonna get worse.
But human rights groups warn that there are other serious concerns surrounding the games: police brutality and violations of human rights, particularly targeting low-income residents of Rio de Janeiro who live in favelas (towns which are home to around 24% the population).
On Thursday, Amnesty International called for Brazilian authorities to take steps to stem the violence being unleashed by police and armed forces particularly in Rio, where the Olympics will be held. The group said the targets of police brutality in Brazil are mostly low-income young Black men, one of the reasons they launched their campaign #JovemNegroVivo (#YoungBlackAlive) in 2014:
“So far in 2016, more than 100 people have been killed in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The vast majority of the victims were young Black men living in favelas or other marginalized areas,” the Amnesty report says.
The human rights group says Brazil is on track to repeat its record of human rights violations in the months before a major international sporting event. In 2014, when Brazil hosted the World Cup, “homicides resulting from police operations rose a shocking 40%” in Rio alone, according to Amnesty. That uptick in police killings has continued: there were 580 recorded police-related deaths in 2014, and 645 in 2015.
Great, that’s exactly what the Gulf needed, another oil spill.
Clean-up has been ongoing ever since. On May 15th, the U.S. Coast Guard said that more than 51,000 gallons of oily water has been recovered. The oil continues to flow to the west and is not expected to impact any shorelines, the Coast Guard said. The impact to the marine wildlife is as yet unknown.