All posts tagged: ocean pollution

Ghost Nets: Silent Killers of the Ocean

“My work in this underwater photography performance realm is to use my body and my movements as a human canvas for these issues.  Because quite simply, ocean conservation is a human issue.” -Christine Ren Christine Ren, is embarking on a new environmental campaign to raise awareness about “Ghost Nets” silent killers of the ocean.  Ren is combining her background in dance with underwater photography once again. Her aim is to draw attention to the serious threat fishing nets and lines impose on marine life.  The imagery is powerful, as it illustrates the vulnerability of marine life and the plight they face.  Ren’s thought provoking photographs, turns that tables by bringing into focus what it would be like if a human being endured the same struggle and pain marine life undergo when they become tangled in nets or ingest them.  By reversing the situation, we can’t help, but feel empathy. We cannot ignore the serious nature of the issue and harm caused by derelict fishing gear floating around in the ocean.  The ballerinas are wrapped in …

The Ocean Is Not A Trash Can

(Photo Credit: CBS News) Spolier Alert: The ocean is not a trash can. Did you know? There’s six times more plastic than phytoplankton in all oceans, and according to the UN Environmental Programme a minimum of 46,000 floating pieces of plastic for every square kilometer of Earth’s oceans in their entirety. -Huffington Post Unfortunately, the ocean is increasingly becoming a common dumping ground for trash.  Plastic and other trash keeps making its way into the ocean and wreaking havoc on marine life.  In particular, plastic is a major concern. When marine life ingest what is known as micro-plastics they can die as a result.  Additionally, plastic poses other threats to marine life, such as causing animals to become entangled or strangled by nets and plastic 6-pack soda rings. Sadly, marine life are becoming victims of man’s carelessness of polluting the ocean.  Ocean pollution not only harms and endangers marine life but it also disrupts the balance of the health of the ocean.   (Photo Credit: One Green Planet) The Dangers of Plastic and Other Trash Floating …

Be classy, don’t trash the ocean

When I think of the ocean, I picture the gorgeous Caribbean Sea that surrounds my lovely island.  The water is inviting and crystal clear.  It is truly a blessing to be surrounded by such clear water, that is filled with an abundance of marine life, and coral reefs. However, unfortunately some people may not be so lucky, and don’t think of such a picturesque image, instead startling images of the ocean being polluted comes to mind.  For instance, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Here is a snapshot of the state the Pacific Ocean is in, “The Pacific Ocean is home to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which also is known as the “World’s Largest Landfill,” according to the European Commission. An estimated 3.5 million tons of trash reside in this landfill that are the result of whirling currents in the Pacific Ocean that pull trash and pollution into the ocean.” (http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/statistics-pollution-pacific-ocean-20311.html) It is simply heart wrenching to see the ocean in such a state of distress as trash is continually being dumped in, polluting the …