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Monday, October 12, 2009

Protecting our Oceans.



According to  Surfrider Foundation you can maintain healthy beaches and waterways if you do your part, simple things like picking up after yourself and your pet.  Treat the beaches as you would your own backyard and driveway, by using trash bags to dispose of litter and debris.  Even using fertilizers will impair the health of the oceans.  Fertilizers leech into the water table, and make their way to the ocean.  Hazardous materials, paints, medicines, chemicals that are not biodegradable should be disposed carefully.  Contact your city's disposal facility for details.

Recreational boaters need to be especially careful as they move from one water source to another to wash off the debris and de-contaminate their boats before moving on to another area.  There are brochures that identify  species that hitchhike in your area and give instructions on how to contain them.
Do read and follow instructions.

Sometimes, we are so eager to improve our environment, that we introduce non-native species that kill off other species right in our front yard, beautiful plants that become invasive, or worse,  harbor parassites that kill native flora.  Entire forests of Port Orford Cedar were destroyed this way.  The native Port Orford Cedar is a strong wood, impervious to water and makes an excellent building material. It is slowly disappearing in our forests.

13 comments:

staceyjwarner said...

Excellent post. Today I went by one of many garbage trucks and I thought to myself...how is the earth going to continue to sustain us? We all need to change how we do things...starting with how companies package their food! The waste is crazy...and don't even get me started on the waste from TOYS! Oh, but I just popped over to say hi and congrats on your award! Come visit sometime! We follow a lot of the same blogs...

Renee said...

Rosaria you are an advocate for the world. I adore you.

Renee xoxo

Elizabeth Bradley said...

They're playing a commercial on TV here now, urging people to stop polluting the beach. This is an excellent service, the way you're posting reminders about how the habits of careless, (or simply ignorant), humans impact other living organisms in negative ways. Excuse me, but I care about flora and fauna!!!

Maggie May said...

That beach is beautiful. Isn't it a great pity that anyone would even want to pollute anything like that.
Packaging is a great problem around food. Far too much cardboard and cellophane.
Plastic of any kind is a great polluter and takes years to break down.

Nuts in May

potsoc said...

Plastics can be recycled, at a cost of course. Since our recycling concerns are private enterprises they are reluctant to it, especially for #6 plastics since they cost a lot to recycle.
When recycling will be a non-profit thing we will perhaps see more of it. But I fear many will see me as a socialist enemy of capitalism. I just hope I won't be barred at your border next time I venture south of the 45th.

Angela Recada said...

Good advice.

Here in the Great Lakes region more needs to be done to keep the lakes safe, as well. I think I recently read that the Great Lakes contain 20% of the world's fresh water.

We humans have made a big mess of things in a relatively short time. Let's hope we can clean it up before it truly is too late.

Ces said...

Amen! I came from a country that violated the sacredness of every natural resources because of corrupt politicians, so that is why every typhoon season we have people dying from landslides, seawall erosion among a few catastrophes. People are either ignorant or are too selfish and don't care. They think they are entitled to trash the earth.

I came here to thank you for stopping by my blog. I am so happy that Tessa shared the award with you. Isn't she awesome? She says she admired me when in fact I was the one who admired her!

Oh I see my dearest renee here. I am featuring her on my blog tomorrow!

I see Angela too.

Small blogworld!

Brian Miller said...

beautiful pictures like the one you post are the last thing on our mind as we careless continue to consume the richness of the planet we have been given to steward. thanks for keeping it on the front of our minds.

Monkey Man said...

Do you remember the old commercial with the Indian at the side of the road that has trash tossed to his feet and a tear falling from his eye. That was supposed to give us a clue back in the, what - 60's - that we should take care of our planet. People can be a virus to this spinning ball of mud.

♥ Braja said...

Talking about how companies package their food and how that will sustain the earth is so dream-state. You need first to ask yourself why you're eating food that a company had to "package" in the first place. Learn to sustain yourself, and the earth will sustain you....

The Things We Carried said...

An excellent reminder! We are fortunate to have a gorgeous coast line in the west!

Beth said...

An excellent post! I'm from Georgia. Does the word kudzu mean anything to you? Well, come here and stand still, and you could get covered.

Sophia said...

I TOTALLY love this post. Wow! I try to do my part as much as I can in general, overall, for our environment...let alone encouraging my neighbors to do the same.

Hope you have a wonderful week! :)