Former Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore opened at University California Monterey Bay on May 17 with this quote “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.”—Margaret Mead
Attended the “Sea of Consequence” talk by Save Our Shores (SOS) at the Museum of art and History in downtown Santa Cruz last week.
Emily Granville, Save Our Shores educator, gave this attentive group a startling look at where American’s relationship with plastic is headed. (Not long term-maybe terminal-was my take-away from this talk)
- At any given time, about 3 million tons of trash can be found floating off the California Coast
- 80% of floating ocean trash is plastic
- 80% of plastic pollution that enters the ocean originated from a land-based source
- SOS tracking data shows that from June 2007 – March 2010 SOS volunteers have removed over 19,887 plastic bags during beach and river cleanups
- There is no known life cycle for plastic (Translate: Plastic is forever)
Carl Safina included the above quote from poet Gary Snyder in his talk on fisheries and ocean conservation at Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey yesterday.
Safina is an author, professor and ocean activist–not necessarily in that order. As the co-founder and president of Blue Ocean Institute, Safina has long been a voice in ocean and fishery conservation.
Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution
by Caroline Fraser
Metropolitan Books, 12/22/2009
ISBN: 978-0-8050-7826-8, ISBN10: 0-8050-7826-6,
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches, 416 pages, 1 8-pg. insert; 13 maps,
On sale December 22, 2009
Reviewed by Pamela Biery
Rewilding the World by Caroline Fraser is a methodical and lyrical report on global conservation efforts to establish and preserve migratory corridors. Fraser revisits Aldo Leopold’s remarkable A Sand County Almanac essay Thinking Like a Mountain, wherein Leopold realizes that killing a predator wolf carries serious implications for the rest of the ecosystem. Fraser traces projects seeded by thought leaders like Michael Soule and Reed Noss in their landmark 1998 Wild Earth article Rewilding and Biodiversity, traveling the globe to witness and report on rewilding projects now underway in North America, Africa, Australia, Asia, Central and South America.