Southwestern USA is quite arid, with many areas where access to water is scarce. In Joshua Tree National Park, for example, you'll find no water of any kind. You have to bring in all of your own drinking water, and no showers or flush toilets exist within the park boundaries. In the Grand Canyon, another arid region, taps are common and easy to find; however, signs are posted everywhere asking visitors to be conscious of their water use.
"The very last thing we need to do is clean the ocean." David Katz's controversial opener leads him into a discussion about how social plastic as a form of payment may be the solution to eliminating plastic pollution at the source.
6-pack holders are so common; a convenient way to get our packs of soda or beer from the store to our fridge. But ocean-wise and innovative people have created alternatives to the plastic rings!
In his 2017 TED Talk, Ashton Cofer explains the groups plan to make activated carbon, used in water purification systems, out of the carbon that exists in Styrofoam.
Flip flop art is made from old, discarded flip flops are up-cycled into incredible designs, and one of the most well known organizations to do this is an enterprise in Kenya called Ocean Sole.
In 2015, I was lucky enough to spend a month volunteering with a marine conservation project in Cambodia. Most days, we were scuba diving three times a day, every day. This meant gearing up in wet suits and oxygen tanks three separate times. This meant spending hours breathing through a regulator. This meant bathing in sea water and dealing with the tangled mess of hair later. This was my heaven.
Every beach in the Galápagos is covered with sea lions: napping, sun tanning, playing in the surf. The youngsters are incredibly friendly, splashing around with tourists, blowing bubbles with scuba divers, posing for pictures. This has given many tourists a false idea of how they should behave with these animals. Most tourists now overstep their bounds, trying to one-up their friends with the ultimate selfie and with the biggest sea lion.
In my search for a simpler and more coherent life, I asked a series of questions about what I was putting in my body, what I was eating, what medicines I used, and even what kind of makeup I put on. I came to understand the power of my choices when consuming a product, and my freedom to buy only from companies with the same values as myself.
By Naty Gaiarim