Our friends over at 5 Gyres are always doing amazing things. Most recently they’ve embarked on The Last Straw Plastic Pollution Solutions Outreach Tour — a trip that will take 5 Gyres staff 1400 miles by bike down the East Coast in an effort to educate more than 50,000 people about what they’ve discovered in their voyages to our world’s oceans and lakes. You can follow the tour and find specific event dates and locations via the 5 Gyres Facebook page and its Blog. What’s more, you can pledge one cent per mile to support the tour and even take part in the 5 Gyres I Am The Sea Change challenge and win prizes for doing so.
Have 5 minutes? Take the challenge!:
To enter, follow the instructions on the flyer pictured above. That is: 1. Print the flyer out. 2. Spend at the very least 5 minutes cleaning up your environment (street, gutter, riverbank, beach). 3. Have someone take a picture of you holding your sign and your garbage up for all to see. 4. Like 5 Gyres on Facebook and share the contest link (encouraging friends and family to do so as well!) 5. Email your photo to email@example.com with the subject ‘5 for 5 Gyres’.
Do the above and you could not only win some awesome prizes, but help 5 Gyres and the cause to clean up our environment immensely. The contest runs from October 3rd through November 6th.
Los Angeles is now the largest city in the United States to have banned plastic bags. Over the next 16 months, plastic bags will be phased out of approximately 7,500 grocery stores — at which point shoppers will have to bring reusable bags or purchase paper ones for 10 cents each. According to the L.A. Times, “clean water advocates” estimate that California residents use 12 billion plastic bags per year, and only recycle about 5 percent of those. Despite the facts, some L.A. residents are perturbed by the fact that in less than two years, plastic bags simply won’t be an option at their stores. As one shopper stated in the L.A. Times article, “I wish we could use plastics bags,” she said. “I wish they could bring them back. I get it’s better for the environment, but it’s a lot to remember — bringing a reusable bag — especially if you’re in a rush.”
Many people — especially environmental advocates and those who understand the true impact plastic bags have on the environment — feel strongly that humans should be responsible enough to bring their own bag for the sake of the planet. For those of us who simply love to play outside, it’s becoming increasingly harder to take a hike, paddle a kayak or ride your bike in the wilderness and not see a plastic Ziploc or grocery store bag somewhere along the way.
We see a lot of great photos and videos throughout the week. So, we thought it was high time we started rounding up some of our faves each week and highlighting one on Friday to inspire weekend adventures. We call it the Osprey Round Up.
We thought we’d give you a good dose of cuteness and a kick in the pants this Friday. Our friends at 5Gyres just released this short PSA, featuring Randall from Honey Badger fame. Take a moment to watch and then do your part to stop plastic pollution.
While a large portion of the world desperately seek clean drinking water, the United States and other countries spend billions on bottled water when perfectly clean drinking water is readily available.
Today is World Water Day, a day that people around the world are celebrating, building awareness and taking action to protect this vital resource. We need water. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Fresh water is absolutely crucial to every living thing on this planet, especially humans. Think about it: how much water have you used today? Brushing your teeth, making your morning coffee, the wheat that made the cereal that you at for breakfast was grown with water… we could go on. The point being that we are incredibly dependent on fresh, available water.
Now answer this question: do you drink bottled water? Now, is bottled water really that bad? As it turns out, yes. Yes, it is.
We are proud to support 5 Gyres, an organization that is on a mission to research, educate and ultimately end plastic pollution in our world’s oceans. To understand the impact of plastic pollution, the crew sails through the five subtropical gyres. And now you have the opportunity to go with them.
Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. Since we’ve hit the ground running into 2011, we figured there was no better theme than “taking a leap”. So all month we’ll be highlighting people, organizations that are going for it — leaping, diving and running as fast as they can to live this life . Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!
Just a few months ago, our good friend Sara Close changed course and not in a small way. She said goodbye to friends and co-workers at Leave No Trace in landlocked Boulder, Colo. and got on a boat. In South Africa. When was the last time you took that kind of leap?
A firm believer that we all live in a little world with big stories to tell, Sara is continually seeking ways to expose the interconnectedness of the individual, the organization, and ultimately, the environment in which both exist. More than just about anything else, Sara believes in the potential for an individual to affect change in the world around them. And that’s exactly why she joined forces with 5Gyres. Their mission: conduct research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres.
January 5th. Simon, Sarah, Megan and I are lined up on the starboard side of the boat, seated and slightly gangly-oriented over a load of sheets and lines, slack-jawed and staring at the sunset of our lives. Bright hues of magenta and orange reflect like an oil slick and run toward where we sit on the boat, refracted by the shadows of 100 seabirds fishing for delicacies in the evening light. It’s ocean for as far as we can see.
“You know, it’s funny,” Megan says, “that we’re sitting here staring out at the ocean when it’s all we’re going to see for the next 30 days.”
Insert irony, of the scene 180 degrees behind us – a mix of shipping containers, barges, oilrigs and merchant buildings. The exhaust from smoke stacks lining the harbour rises in to the sky and mingles with the approaching night. Smaller yachts and boats at anchor bob up and down in the harbour of Walvis Bay, Namibia. Slightly pink like alpenglow in the Rockies, dunes of the Kalahari Desert loom with authority behind the city.
Translation: it’s the last sight of land we’ll have for quite some time, and yet none of us can tear ourselves away from looking out over the endless ocean, brilliant sunset, and the impending adventure.
It’s really emotional, and I struggle in the moment to find words to adequately capture what I’m feeling… why I’m so excited to go see something so tragic… why I’d like to live on a boat for a month when I’m claustrophobic… and etcetera on with the how’s and why’s and I wonders. So far, I’ve just got Polaroid moments of feeling coming through – inspriation, creativity, exhilaration, discovery, humanity, cleansing, collecting.
In writing this post, I learned that changing course quickly and drastically in sailing terms is a “jibe”. So, we’d like to give Ms. Close a resounding “Jibe-Ho!” from the Osprey family. Happy Friday! Get out there and take a leap!