Hello! Welcome to 7 In the Ocean. If you, like me, enjoy chit chatting about the insanity of “disposable plastic,” or if you’re into adventuring, or if you just want to figure out how to approach this seemingly huge and bigger-than-me topic of plastic pollution…then you’re in the right place! This blog is all of those things and more. It’s small but packs a punch. Stay a while.
Plastic has been my focus for the last 5 years. Well…getting rid of it, that is. In 2008, I participated in SEA (Sea Education Association) Semester and was able to witness, first hand, the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” (reality check: not really a patch!). Mid-cruise, our ship got stuck in derelict fishing gear. In the middle of the ocean. There was something altogether humbling and frightening about being stuck in one of the most remote places on the planet…by our own trash. Two things came to mind at this point: what are we doing to our planet and when did this become acceptable? OK, maybe a third: how do we stop the madness?
So, back to the purpose of this blog. Up until very recently, this space existed mostly so that I could hear myself yell to the blogosphere about how awful plastic was and why we should stop using things like straws, styrofoam cups and silly plastic forks. While I am still dedicated to the idea of reducing our individual consumption of plastic waste (and who doesn’t love a good rant every now and then?), I also want this to be a place for conversation, education and inspiration. So if you’ve got an idea, a question or just want to see some cool pictures of albatross, you just let me know. I’ll be here.
Want to talk trash? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.