BENEFITING: THE 5 GYRES INSTITUTE
It's time for me to get back ON A BOAT in support of helping to save the health of the global ocean. In this case, that means being a crewmember on a 5Gyres expedition, representing Aquarium of the Bay.
What I'll be doing: helping to collect data from the ocean surface on plastic density and type, trawling every 40-50 nautical miles around the clock. Also, I'll get to do some blogging/ social media-ing via satellite - and I might even learn a little bit more about how to sail.
What you can do: support me, 5 Gyres, Aquarium of the Bay, and others in understanding more and spreading the word about plastic pollution. Any $$ you can donate helps and is greatly appreciated. The top 5 donors to my campaign will receive a framed photograph of your choice from the journey - I will be putting my new camera to use.
Why? Why not? :) After all, you and I and everyone else on the planet needs a healthy ocean to survive. This is one way to help. And I'll love you (even more) forever.
I was recently invited to be a guest crew member for the June 2013 5 Gyres Expedition. I'm incredibly excited, because I've been a fan of 5 Gyres since they began researching and communicating about the global problem of plastic pollution throughout the ocean. I'm also incredibly excited that my excellent employer, Aquarium of the Bay, is greatly helping to sponsor my participation on the expedition. We work to protect, restore and inspire conservation of the SF Bay watershed, from Sierra to the sea. OK, you might be asking what an Aquarium on the edge of the Pacific coast has to do with the NW Atlantic gyre. Fair enough. You can look through the extensive info available on either of our websites, or you can accept that most plastic pollution comes from land. On my coast, said trash will likely eventually make its way to the Northwest Pacific gyre, the so-called "Pacific garbage patch". This was the first gyre that received international attention as we humans realized that our semi-degraded trash was collecting in the middle of the ocean, thousands of miles from where any humans lived. Then, we realized that it wasn't just the Pacific ocean basin - there is marine debris, largely comprised of plastic pollution, in every ocean. We can no longer ascribe to an outdated and incorrect adage of 'out of sight, out of mind.' For much of our trash, there is no away.
I will always keep working to change human behavior so future generations may have the opportunity to live in a world without plastic pollution of the global ocean. Right now, I can greatly add to my toolbox with this opportunity to witness firsthand what's going on in our ocean gyres, and help bring away new information and stories to further improve ocean health. I hope you will help me in this cause.