Next Generation Ocean Stewards!

Upstream solutions? WE are the upstream. WE are the ones who can (one by one) turn off our personal “plastics into the ocean” tap. When the gushing stream of plastics into the water, land and air is so huge it might seem that turning off (or turning down) our own little tap is almost meaningless.

This is absolutely NOT the case, and we all know it in our heart.

Cover Art by Liz Cunningham, author of Ocean Country – Copyright 2018

The habit of writing about intention, gratitude and actions is a powerful practice. We can make a “blue life” choice and write about it in our Blue Life Journal. We can then share our commitment and action on our social media, we talk about it in conversation with a friend, we turn down our tap.

More importantly, we connect with others who begin to do the same.

We may not be on an expedition in Indonesia, but thank goodness 5 Gyres IS!

We may not be measuring plastic across the oceans of the world and creating a network of innovators who can re-design materials, but thank goodness Cyrill Gutsch and Parley for the Oceans is.

Do not underestimate individual action repeated consistently. We are leading change where it will matter most. Our personal habits and choices will turn off the taps where it is need most – UPSTREAM from the plastic garbage patches killing our oceans. (Get your Blue Life Journal and start today)

Never think your choices are less important – remember that collectively we created the problem as a human member of the plastics dilemma. Together, we are the ones who will solve it.

The time is NOW to engage
the future stewards of the ocean in the process.

The optimism, perspective and ideas of youth are exactly what we all need. For that reason, we offer a Blue Life Curriculum to teachers in grades 4-8 at NO CHARGE. It includes: kids_nature

  • Comprehensive Teacher handbook
  • All slide decks (with online video)
  • List of each You Tube video for ease in obtaining “green light” for use in the classroom
  • Scripts for each slide deck (PDF)
  • Worksheets for each slide deck (Google Forms and PDF)
  • PDF (printable) copies of the Blue Life Journal for Kids
  • Explanation and Alignment to standards (Technology, writing, character education, environment, STEM careers, Service Learning)
  • Access to additional/optional activities
  • Resources and Supplemental Materials for expanding as interest dictates

If you are interested in learning more, fill out the form on our CONTACT page. If you already have a program that includes journal writing, character education, environmental studies, a “green” club or a focus on STEM careers, you will love the Blue Life Curriculum. 

Our mantra we hope you adopt with us: ONE + TOGETHER = HOPE.

Picking up Plastic Litter: A Game?

litterati tomato
These tomatoes did NOT ask to be packaged in single use plastic

Strolling along a roadside, a forested trail or a beach is all part of my outdoor fun. When I can’t be paddling or surfing, cycling or skiing – I explore on two legs. And yes, I pick up other people’s litter. Today I picked up a plastic container (single use) used to wrap some tomatoes. I had just bought 3 beautiful organic tomatoes wrapped only in what nature provided. Those tomatoes made it to my salad just fine – no need for any additional plastic armor. But this time, I posted that plastic box on a cool app on my phone – Litterati. That made the act of picking up the litter more meaningful.

It’s annoying sometimes (all the time) to think of the person making the CHOICE (and it is a choice) to toss their single use plastic and trash out a car window or into a river or lake. But like so many of you – we are consistently stewards of the ocean and the environment. Geo-tagging litter and being part of a global community tagging and counting all we pick up with the Litterati app DID make the process more fun.

I just recently started using that app called Litterati .  The app, developed by Jeff Kirschner, does its best to make it fun to pick up trash. I enjoyed hearing his TED talk (you can too – it is just 6 minutes long) about the journey toward Litterati. We crowdsource many things – this time it is all about small actions for a cleaner planet.

The earth is a big place to keep clean. With Litterati — an app for users to identify, collect and geotag the world’s litter — TED Resident Jeff Kirschner has created a community that’s crowdsource-cleaning the planet. After tracking trash in more than 100 countries, Kirschner hopes to use the data he’s collected to work with brands and organizations to stop litter before it reaches the ground. Now THAT is the way to stop it at its source.

Additionally, I like this video showing the power of kids – our best hope for the future.

And for all of us, here is an article sharing ways to make our next trip grocery shopping ZERO-WASTE.