Today’s post is inspired by my son. He came home with an assignment in which he and a partner need to come up with a presentation convincing people that global warming is real and actually occurring on our planet. An interesting and quite difficult task, if not highly controversial. I dedicate this article to him. He has set his sights on earning a PhD in either Marine Biology or Oceanography. He is a lover of the ocean and all sea life. This one’s for him.
Now, whether or not you believe in global warming, I think we can all agree that the human race, more specifically modern humans, have not exactly been good caretakers of this beautiful planet we call home. The chart below indicates the top 10 items found in the ocean regularly.
We must be kind to our planet and the fellow creatures who also call it home. Which brings us to our KINDNESS COUNTS ACT for today.
Kindness Counts Act
Kindess Counts Quote
Reflections from Orly
“Ever wonder why the cleanest places stay clean, while the extra dirty places seem to get dirtier? Our actions or lack of action is often a reflection of our surroundings and environment. Here’s something to consider: Are you more or less likely to throw trash on the ground in a city whose streets are immaculate as opposed to one whose streets are decorated in an assortment of waste? The cleaner the space, the more likely we are to want to keep it that way. The problem arises in a space where recycling is out of the norm. Let’s break the habit and do our part, recognizing that if each and every person made a small effort, the job would be done. Instead of speaking words of kindness for the environment, let’s live it and be a model for others to follow.” (4)
If you grew up in the 70’s and 80’s
You may remember this commercial…
Well, it hasn’t gotten any better,
in fact, it’s far worse
In April, 2017, I wrote a Motivation Monday article called Ocean Clean up, about a company, started by a 17 year old, who invented a method to assist in cleaning up the garbage patch in the ocean. The amount of plastic in our oceans and littering this planet is unconscionable and really quite disgusting. This short 3:00 video is from that article, and highlights just how bad the ocean garbage is:
We really need to do something, change our ways, and heal our planet, before it’s too late. It’s not just about recycling, though that’s a big part of it. Everyone needs to do their part. The next time you are out walking in the forest and see trash on the path, remember our Kindness Counts act for today; take a minute to pick it up and either throw it away or recycle it. If you’re at the ocean, walking on the beach, pick up the trash and plastic you see lying about.
I realize that appears to be simple, and may seem like it won’t make much of a difference, but if we can get one less plastic bottle, plastic bag or other piece of litter off our roads, or out of our oceans, forests & mountains, our planet will be that much better and healthier. Everything you do helps; Every act, every thought, every deed has an impact. If we all band together, imagine how amazing the world will become. Here are some inspiring words from Prince EA, that just might inspire you to save the world.
THE 4TH SECOND
BY: PRICE EA
What can you do to
help save the oceans?
- Eat sustainable seafood.– Ask your seafood restaurant or fish market to buy from sustainable fisheries. Look for special terms like “line caught”, “diver caught”, “sustainably caught” or “sustainably harvested. (2)
- Reduce energy use– The burning of fossil fuels acidifies the ocean. Bike, walk and use public transportation when you can. Turn the thermostat up in the summer and down in the winter. (2)
- Use reusable plastic products– Plastic is the biggest villain in the ocean. Use cloth grocery bags and reusable water bottles.
- Pick up garbage and litter near beaches- Pick up any garbage when you’re out and about in nature, to prevent it from getting into the ocean or harming wildlife.
FOR OTHER IDEAS
ON HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Wahba, Orly. Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts (p. 6). Flatiron Books. Kindle Edition.