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In creating the Butterfly Habitat, when possible we re-purposed materials, such as this roll up Secretary Desk. With minimal work, it made for a unique and beautiful planter, and we were able to save it from ending up in the landfill.
The planters inside the Butterfly Habitat were made of used shipping containers and much of the wood used was also re-purposed.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Now, thanks to the Good Morning America Team, you can new see images underwater - startling and frightening images of great brown columns of a toxic soup of Oil and a "Dispersant" (that BP insists on using, even against the advice of the EPA) that rise from the deep and move throughout the gulf like giant under-water tornadoes. The affect of this toxic soup is unknown, but those closely studying the issue are terrified of the potential outcome.
At some point we begin to wonder if Oil really is our best choice. Unfortunately, Oil, in one form
or another, is everywhere.
You hold it, you drink from it, cook with it, bathe in it, eat with it, wear it,drive in it, talk to it - there is no escaping it - Plastic! But how often do we stop to recognize that plastic is actually made from oil? Hm...and just how does this effect us? And does plastic have any affect on the environment? According to recent Scientific Studies, it could be poisoning you!
In the 1967 film The Graduate, Mr. Maguire tells Benjamin,
"Just one word, Plastics!" and goes on to say that "the future lay in Plastics".
Well, Plastics have definitely altered our future!
Take bottled water for instance. Certainly a genius marketing gimmick, but a dangerous one on many levels. We have learned that fresh water is less than 1% of all of the planet's water. It actually takes 3 times the amount of water to make the "bottle" for bottled water as what it is filled with. The water used to fill bottled water is surrounded by it's very own set of controversies. Some bottled water companies, like Nestle, have been successful at plundering the pristine water sources from third world countries, often prohibiting the country's inhabitants from using their own water! Other companies, such as Evian, have been found filling their bottles with tap water. Add to that the fact that the majority of these bottles are discarded after a single use. And where does the bottle go? Well, certainly a percentage of these bottles get recycled, however, in the USA, 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away every hour. Those that are not recycled or land-filled are very often ending up in the ocean.
As it turns out the Oceans have 5 areas where currents end up in kind of very slow moving vortexes called Gyres. If I threw a plastic bottle into the Santa Monica bay, the currents would eventually take it to an area known as the North Pacific Gyre. The bottle may or may not look like a bottle when it arrives in the NP Gyre - but all of the elements of the plastic will still be in tact, because plastic never dies. If the bottle were to break into smaller pieces, each of these pieces would act as a sponge and soak up all of the ddt, pcbs, and various poisons that we have been dumping in the ocean. By the time these plastic pieces arrive in the North Pacific Gyre, they may have up to one million times the amount of toxicity as surrounding areas. So what you say? Well, let's suppose that you are a fish, a fish that eats fish eggs - you see a plastic particle floating by and - yummy - looks just like fish eggs to you. The problem is that every level of life in the ocean is being affected by plastics. Plastics are becoming incorporated into the food chain. In some areas of the North Pacific Gyre, there are 6 times more plastic particles than plankton. Plankton is the basic building block of the ocean - oh, and guess what? Plankton just happens to be where we get the majority of our oxygen. See the problem? So, we have been talking about one area in the ocean that is filled with these plastics - the North Pacific Gyre. Just how big is it? Well, Scientific estimates now have it as being 1 1/2 times the size of the Continental US. Yep, filled with plastics. Oh, and, remember how we said that there are 5 Gyres in the world's oceans? Well, of those 5 Gyres, there are now 3 confirmed Plastic Garbage Patches - North Pacific Gyre, South Pacific Gyre and North Atlantic Gyre. AND, according to 5gyres.org, a group of scientists studying plastics in the oceans, there is now evidence that all 5 of the world's gyres are filling with plastics.
One opportunity to show your support for renewable energy is Hands Across the Sand. Planet Rehab is partnering in this event, which takes place on June 26, protesting offshore drilling and supporting renewable energy. For more info on how you can participate go to: http://planetrehab.org/web-msg.html or contact Gary Mitchell 323 350 0873.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
previously worked as a consulting geologist, "using satellite imagery as a global geologic tool," in his words, to locate natural resources for major oil and mining corporations. Now he assists advocacy organizations, government agencies, and academic researchers with data collection and analysis.
Based on a map released from a flyover on Wednesday and compared to "the last good satellite image that we got, from the afternoon of April 27," Amos believes that the slick covers about 4,400 square miles. Official estimates to date have put the slick at about 2,200 square miles.
The spill was bigger than imagined - five times more than first estimated - and closer. Fingers of oily sheen were reaching the Mississippi River delta, lapping the Louisiana shoreline in long, thin lines.
"It is of grave concern," David Kennedy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Associated Press. "I am frightened. This is a very, very big thing. And the efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it, especially if it continues on, are just mind-boggling."
The oil slick could become the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades, threatening hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast, one of the world's richest seafood grounds, teeming with shrimp, oysters and other marine life. Oil was thickening in waters south and east of the Mississippi delta about five miles offshore.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday so officials could begin preparing for the oil's impact. He said at least 10 wildlife management areas and refuges in his state and neighboring Mississippi are in the oil plume's path.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
12 Years ago, Captain Moore, after having finished a race, was sailing from Hawaii to CA. He decided to take a route that is rarely traveled. Half way home he was completely astonished! As he looked around him, he realized that the sea was completely full of plastic! I know this sounds like a nightmare, but unfortunately this is reality.
Sadly, it took 12 years for the first scientific expedition to take place. Last July Scripps Institute partnered with Seaplex (http://seaplexscience.com) and commandeered this investigation. Check out their research: Their preliminary findings? "IT IS MUCH WORSE THAN WE EXPECTED!" I could hardly breathe when I read the next line, "BUT WE BELIEVE THAT THE PLASTIC GARBAGE PATCH IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC IS EVEN BIGGER!" - Wait a minute. Now you are telling me there are 2 GARBAGE PATCHES IN THE OCEAN? What does this mean for the surrounding areas? How big are these plastic garbage patches? Well, it turns out that the estimates for the North Pacific Garbage Patch are 1 1/2 times the size of the continental United States - and no, that is NOT a typo. And as far as hurting the surrounding areas, well, plastic is killing us all (more on that later) and certainly altering life in the sea. Ocean creatures see plastic and think "FOOD" - and all too often this "FOOD" ends up killing them.
Plankton, you see, are the basic building blocks of the ocean. In fact, the majority of the oxygen we breath comes from plankton in the ocean. Now, in the N. Pacific Garbage Patch, it has been reported that there are 6 TIMES THE AMOUNT OF PLASTIC TO PLANKTON! Plastic is replacing food - it is altering the sexes of organisms - this is a very very bad thing.
Now for the bad part - it is suspected that there are actually 5 GARBAGE PATCHES IN THE WORLD! Confirmed so far - N Pacific (N Pacific Gyre), S Pacific and Atlantic Garbage Patch.
So, if this is really happening, why don't we know about it? Why don't they talk about it on the news? Hmmm, very good questions. Let's see, what is plastic made of? Oh yeah, OIL! HMMM.