We recently came across a comprehensive article (July 28, 2018) written by Trammell S. Crow for the Dallas Morning News. Trammell is the heart and soul behind the far-reaching and hugely successful EarthX held each spring in Dallas. The commentary talks about how our awareness of the negative impact of plastic straws might lead us to more broad-reaching change of habits and attitudes that could protect the world’s oceans.
Best of all, he outlined a six-point plan that provides each of us with actions and choices we can begin to adopt right now. The more we know about choices, the more creative, innovative and inspired our daily entries in our Blue Life Journal can become.
Here’s the list from Trammell’s commentary:
“Together with environmental sustainability nonprofits EarthX and Future 500, these leaders developed a six-point plan to protect the world’s oceans. Cutting plastic pollution was high on that list, but we didn’t stop there.
We detailed six ways consumers and corporations could combine their buying power in order to get to the root causes of ocean destruction.
Government can help, but consumers have the real power, if we learn to use it. We can save the oceans by only supporting brands and companies that:
• Shift to clean-burning fuels on cargo and cruise ships.
• Offer only sustainable seafood, never from illegal or untraceable sources.
• Avoid minerals, oil and gas mined in ways that threaten fisheries, reefs and complex marine ecosystems.
• Buy plastic products only from providers who join a comprehensive global system to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics, and prevent marine debris from entering the ocean, especially in nations that don’t have recycling infrastructures.
• Buy meat and produce only from farms and ranches that strictly reduce chemical runoff — the chief cause of ocean dead zones that kill fisheries and hurt people whose livelihoods depend on them.
• Commit to corporate and public policies that will drive down ocean acidification and coral reef death, which threaten our food supply and, ultimately, survival.
By the way, the actions that reduce acidification and coral destruction, which are not under debate, are the same that protect the climate, a problem that some still deny.
Those six steps are all within reach. Responsible business executives, consumers and political leaders I know from both parties agree they are necessary.
But they won’t happen until citizens organize across party lines and aim for systemic solutions that are bigger than just a ban on straws.
That requires we step past our polarized political system. Polls show that 70 percent of Americans, on the right and left, can find solutions on almost any issue if we just talk with one another.
Saying no to straws is a first step; it is tangible, easy and helps start a conversation.
Let’s keep talking and find collaborative solutions that can stem the tide of ocean destruction.”
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