"Don't dangle your fingers when you swim and make sure you make eye contact with the shark." This was an interesting swim. There are more than 500 species of sharks in the world’s oceans and 40 species of sharks in the Hawaiian Islands alone. We saw Galapagos and sandbar sharks on our dive. We need sharks for a healthy, thriving ocean.
With droughts, record-breaking fires, a global pandemic, stronger hurricanes , and endless heat waves, the planet is in need of major ideas and sustainable innovations. One of those innovations must fulfill our need to replace fossil fuels. For surfers, it’s common to turn to the ocean for relief. Ironically, that’s the very place one of our greatest hopes lies for sustainable innovation: Brian and Cindy Wilcox formed Marine BioEnergy, Inc.with a plan to turn farmed kelp into fuel.
Meet two women who are leading the charge to repurpose oil rigs to reefs. “How can I explain to my Grandmother or even my friends that an oil platform has a benefit to the environment?”
Mangroves act as a natural buffer defending coastal communities by dissipating wave energy and storm surges all over the world. But specifically in Mexico, Wildcoast will be planting them as a tool for climate change.
“We’re looking to protect 38,000 acres of mangroves on the Baja Peninsula and also in the Gulf of California, which equals one million people’s carbon emissions annually,” says Zach Plopper, the conservation director at Wildcoast.
With so many of us surfing, going to the beach, and swimming in the ocean, we often ask what is being done in an effort to take care of it — specifically, what are we going to do about the huge amounts of plastic polluting it all? We are thankful for Susan Baer, Zane Allen and the team at Clear Blue Sea www.clearbluesea.org that are working on solutions.
Dave Rastovich is a renowned professional free surfer. He has also become known for his activism against off shore oil drilling, fish farms, protection for whales and other ocean threats.
Recently when I’ve passed through Encinitas and Leucadia in north county San Diego, I’ve noticed all of the new trees planted next to freeway exits and along the 101 Coast highway. The new landscaping of trees is pretty to look at and it makes me feel good. I wonder, why can’t we add more trees in Oceanside along our freeway off-ramps and especially at the entrance of Oceanside Harbor? I only see city workers adding more rocks to the already heavy cement-centered landscaping.
Here are the benefits of trees….
Urban landscaping, including trees, helps lower crime rates.
Studies show that urban vegetation slows heartbeats, lowers blood pressure, and relaxes brain wave patterns.
Trees produce oxygen, intercept airborne particulates, and reduce smog, enhancing a community’s respiratory health.
Access to trees, green spaces, and parks promotes greater physical activity, and reduces stress, while improving the quality of life in our cities and towns.
Trees sequester carbon (CO2), reducing the overall concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Homes landscaped with trees sell more quickly and are worth 5% to 15% more than homes without trees.
Where the entire street is tree-lined, homes may be worth 25% more.
Trees enhance economic stability by attracting businesses; people linger and shop longer when trees are present.
Where a canopy of trees exists, apartments and offices rent more quickly and have a higher occupancy rate; workers report more productivity and less absenteeism.
A mature Valley Oak will use less water annually than an average suburban lawn.
A tree adds moisture to the the air, which helps with drought. (google pine trees Lanai).
A tree added to an indoor space greatly improves air quality, improve concentration and productivity, reduce stress levels and boost your mood.
And so much more……
Let's plant a tree. www.visitoceanside.com