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The 5-Minute Beach Clean-up Challenge

5 minute beach clean up

Hey there bloomers! Yesterday I started the conversation about oceanic pollution and how it affects the entire world. You can click here to view the World Environment Day post. But to recap here — this week I’m spending time on bringing awareness to this environmental problem that affects our entire ocean. Today I’m continuing that convo by introducing an Instagrammer who’s taking a stand against oceanic pollution, plastic use, and making it social.

Her name is Carolina and she’s from Costa Rica. She founded the Instagram @5minutebeachcleanup as a challenge to everyone all over the world. Would you sacrifice 5 minutes of your beach time to tossing trash? I think any person who naturally cares about the world wouldn’t mind at all.

As inspiring as this is, it doesn’t stop there. Carolina invites her followers to tag their own clean-up photos and may very well repost yours if you participate. You can easily tell that she’s passionate about this when viewing her pictures & captions. I had the opportunity to reach out to her and thank her for the work she’s put into such a great effort.

Although 5 minutes does not sound like a long enough time for the perfect clean-up… every little bit counts. When more people are involved, the same 5 minutes can become hours, days, and even weeks added up. Imagine how much cleaning up can be achieved in that time if we shared the responsibility locally. I think environmental change truly comes from the human conscious understanding how each of us is apart of a much larger whole. But first, think with compassion and sacrifice some 5 minutes.

This is the perfect chance to take a stand against people like Donald Trump who don’t take evidence of climate change and environmental protection serious. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids, family members, friends, colleagues, etc. about the importance of oceans, beaches, marine life, and how it relates to us.

Below are some more snapshots of this amazing cause. Please follow @5minutebeachcleanup on Instagram and take part in the challenge at your local beach!

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From Mexico 🇲🇽 #Repost @guadafk GRACIAS ♥ Consciousness ♥ Education ♥ Responsability ♥ 👏🏼👇🏼 ・・・ Every day, on the beach, there are tons of plastic brought from the ocean. What if we all really take 5 minutes each day we go to clean it? – why do we expect anyone else to clean the plastic we consume every day from out beaches? – every act of kindness goes a long way. Dear Tulum voyagers; let's carry a portable ashtray, let's pick a bit of plastic every day, every little counts. Imagine if we all do it as our holiday routine? – imagine if we teach that to our kids?- But most importantly, let's be conscious of the plastic we use every day. There are ways. Let's not get too comfortable around trash. #tulum #tulumbeach #betterworld #5minutebeachcleanup #fiveminutebeachcleanup #loveyourplanet🌎

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World Environment Day 2017

I’m going this to use this very appropriate week to spread awareness about oceanic pollution. I say appropriate because not only is today World Environment Day but this Thursday, June 8th, is World Oceans Day. So today I’ll be sharing information on the environmental problem of oceanic pollution and over the week I’ll go over some ways we can help locally.

I’ll share a bit of personal background about myself. I have studied biology, environmental science, and environmental policy in higher educational institutions. (I struggled with changes of heart in majors like so many of us do…) But I’m not only familiar with those things because of learning about them, it’s also based on a natural passion and real love for the world. Personal indeed because I absolutely thrive when surrounded by nature and natural elements. Some of my dreams and aspirations include helping create a sustainable planet for us and future generations to come. Personal indeed but it is my passion and what feels like my life force.

Moving forward.

National Geographic published this article Deepest Place on Earth Contains ‘Extraordinary’ Pollution Levels back in February 2017. Please take a moment to read if you can, if not, I’ve tried to summarize the info so you can continue reading. When I initially read the article, I was completely devastated by my own naive thinking. How could I honestly believe that the Mariana Trench would be untouched by human impact?

For starters, the Mariana Trench is the deepest known place of the ocean. It lies in the western Pacific Ocean, closer to the continent of Asia. With it being the deepest place in the ocean, it’s easy to get caught up thinking that it’s too remote for dangerous pollution to reach. But it’s quite the contrary and National Geographic has brought to light the extremely high levels of toxic pollutants built up in this area.

It’s needless to say that the source of this pollution is the industrialization in nearby countries over extended periods of time. It’s partly due to catastrophic weather that displaces chemicals that wouldn’t otherwise be in the ocean. But also, water flow is naturally slow there and it does not help the state of the Mariana Trench. There has been scientific evidence supporting high levels of toxins in animals living in those depths. But to fully grasp how this is an issue, you must understand the inter-connectedness of the ocean. The food “chain” or “web” that humans thrive on is connected to the ecosystems of the ocean and land alike.

This is an open-ended post because this could not possibly have an immediate resolution. The only “fixing” comes in creating awareness in conversations, preventing pollution, and changing our current behaviors to always consider where human impact will end up. Stay tuned for tomorrrow’s continued talk about oceanic pollution and how one woman in Costa Rica is trying to help via social media.

Stay green my friends!

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Paris Climate Agreement vs. Trump

“The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife. To utilize them for present needs while insuring their preservation for future generations requires a delicately balanced and continuing program, based on the most extensive research. Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics.”

— Rachel Carson

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People’s Climate March on 4.29.17

Here we are again marching for a major scientific cause. The People’s Climate Movement is much more controversial but nonetheless critical to the world and it’s habitable nature. It’s taking place this Saturday, April 29th which also marks the 100th day of Trump’s administration being in office. It’s at the same location as last week’s March for Science at the National Mall of Washington D.C.

This march is to continue reminding our world leaders that the future is in our hands. To let them know we will persist in spreading awareness among ourselves and doing what we can as a “superior” race. Climate control is a matter of managing existing pollution and the rate at which we’re extorting our natural environments to produce pollution.

Nature is not any single place, it is the entire earth. It is our only place and only home. It’s a duty for us to respect the foundations of life and human existence. And it’s the only way our species will be able to carry on sustainably for generations to come.

To find local events click here to be directed to their Sister Marches page or click here to download posters/flyers to support the cause.

If you are like me, in the New York City area,
there are local events happening so you too can get involved:

March-Against-Trump (the MAT)
April 29, 2017 @ 12:30pm
Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

People’s Climate March: NYCHA Takes Action!
April 29, 2017 @ 10:00am
NYCHA Woodside, HANAC Astoria, NYCHA Ravenswood and Jacob Riis Settlement Center in Queensbridge
50-19 Broadway, Woodside, NY 11377
Queens, NY

Leonia People’s Climate March
April 29, 2017 @ 9:30am
Leonia Middle School
500 Broad Ave
Leonia, NJ

Climate Rally Bergen and Beyond
April 29, 2017 @ 10:00am
Bergen County Courthouse
10 Main St
Hackensack, NJ

For marchers in Washington D.C. below is a map of the march route as well as transit, food, and restroom locations. You can also visit their site at PeoplesClimate.org for all information not mentioned here.

Safety always first. Stay humble. Happy marching!

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March for Science on 4.22.17

This Saturday, April 22nd, protests continue as scientists (and science enthusiasts like myself) from all sorts of backgrounds, professions, and walks of life, come together to March for Science. This march starts at the National Mall of Washington D.C. and is, appropriately, taking place on Earth day. 🌳

While this march is made up of regular people embarking on a journey to spread awareness of science’s accomplishments, it’s also important in terms of our current political office. It is the reason why it’s happening! The Trump administration is challenging & ignoring that environmental policy is critical. Their upcoming federal budget cuts completely debilitate the EPA and their potential as our environmental protectors. These same people (the Dump admin.) are completely ignoring scientific evidence for the sole purpose of creating short term profit.

Avoiding to take care of our environment is also avoiding the earth that nourishes us as people, nourishes our plant-based foods, and animal counterparts. Marching for Science supports the scientific community and all of their findings. It shows this political office that we’re aware of the bullshit profit for short-term benefits! (For example: Dakota Access Pipeline) Empower & teach our youth to think for themselves… this world is ours to save from monsters driven by money.

Please visit March for Science for more details!

You can use their site to find and register for a march local to you. Follow their social media accounts:
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Also visit their online store here where you can purchase this cool $5 button (shown below) to support the cause.

#MarchForScience