On yesterday’s episode of the Speak Up For Blue Podcast, we talked about the wonderful, colonial siphonophore. Seeing this pelagic tunicate slowly propel itself just beneath the sea surface is a rare but awe-inspiring sight. Seeing bits of plastic drift just above the sea surface is, unfortunately, a more common occurrence. And thus, we seamlessly transition into the topic of plastic pollution. However, today we’re going to focus on what’s being done to combat this issue.
Ocean and upstream clean up efforts are becoming more and more common in coastal areas. If you live on the coast, get in touch with your beach patrol or local parks department to see when they have trash pickup events. If you live further inland and can’t do a beach clean up, you can do something even more important: prevent litter from becoming ocean pollution. Many recreation areas or parks have clean up events open to volunteers. As someone who organizes these types of events for a living, I can tell you we’re always looking for folks to help clean up or natural areas. On today’s episode, Andrew highlights one specific clean up day in Southern California that prevented 550 pounds of trash from emptying into the Pacific.
While these types of initiatives are fantastic, we can save ourselves a lot of time and energy (literally) by taking a more proactive approach to addressing plastic pollution. By preventing the unimaginably large number of plastic that currently empties into our rivers, streams, and oceans, we can create a more resilient marine ecosystem that produces more fish, provides more shoreline protection, and traps more carbon. If you haven’t already, check out Speak Up For Blue’s “10 Tips for Living an Ocean Friendly Life.” This document will give you some tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint and use less single-use plastics. If you’re behind on your holiday gift shopping, check out our SUFB shop’s selection of travel mugs and reusable shopping bags. Not only are they so fresh so clean, a portion of the revenue for these items also goes towards protecting endangered sea turtle populations (by paying off their shark and killer whale bookies).
Enjoy the Podcast!