Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Think Green Thursday
Each week, Michelle is coordinating things for us so that we can share our thoughts on our beautiful planet, and share our ideas to help keep it green.
In order to keep things "green" we also have to consider how to keep our oceans clean and healthy, so "blue" is also very important. Pollution of our waters has become a serious problem.
I have spoken before about California's Monterey Bay Aquarium, and its wonderful blog, Sea Notes. A post this week concerns overfishing. This post is on a much cheerier note than some in the past. With the great effort put into this subject recently, it seems we are starting on a path of "regrowth, regeneration, and recovery"! We have a long way to go, particularly in light of the fact that many countries still refuse to even discuss the matter. But in many areas of the world, it does look promising. Where preventive measures are in place, and Marine Protected Areas (MPA's) exist, stocks of marine animals are rebuilding. If we continue in this way, modifying commercial fishing gear, and public attention to opting for sustainable choices in seafood, there is real hope.
For the Fish Lovers Out There -
In choosing our seafood, we have a great deal of help in the form of Seafood Watch Pocket Guides. they can be found on Face Book and Twitter. They are also available to download on line from Monterey Bay Aquarium. Go to the Aquarium site, and you will find a guide for your region of the country: Hawaii, West Coast, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, and Central U.S.. There is also a National Guide, as well as a Sushi Guide. Tuck one into your pocket or pocketbook for shopping or for eating in a restaurant.
These guides list your Best Choices, Good Alternatives, and What to Avoid.
We can bring our oceans and their inhabitants back to health!
Please do yourself a favor and read Michelle's Think Green Thursday post this week. It's an important one. She has actually done three posts - on tea, on chocolate, and on coffee (last week). The one on chocolate is a real eye opener!