During our lifetime, we will come across things, people, books, or images that stick with us, evoke a change in our thinking patterns, emotional reactions, thus creating an inner response moulding us for the better.
Here at Eco-Odyssey, every morcel of information is hand picked and has already touched someone who thinks it is well worth sharing.
Issues surrounding our ocean environment and the planet's health are paramount, and should factor into our everyday lives.
Scroll down to find some "Suggested reading", ranging from short articles and blogs, to inspiring books and thought-provoking messages...
Information relating to how our world oceans circulate water around the globe has revealed that systems of currents are rotating areas of open ocean into slow spiralling whirlpools.
Affected by wind and the rotation of earth, these 'ocean gyres' are found in 5 key locations and are sucking marine debris into their cycling systems. The gyres of the world are true indicators of the extent of world pollution, and are frightening displays of our ocean's declining health.
"5 Gyres" is a new initiative exposing the truths about our ocean gyres by venturing into these desolate ocean terrains to collect samples from the ocean's surface. Examining the size, color, and density of plastic in the gyres will help to estimate how polluted our oceans really are.
The team at 5 Gyres is also looking into the presence of micro-plastics in fish species to determine the toxicity levels in their flesh.
Current projects and blogs are added regularly, and the 5 Gyres website is a fantastic resource to learn more about our ocean's garbage patches.
Ocean pollution is one of the most crucial environmental crisis the world is facing, and we humans are the culprits who must take responsibility for our wasteful actions and remedy our ocean's health.
Please visit 5 Gyres on their website: 5gyres.org
...And learn how you can get involved in the movement to clean up our blue planet!
Our living world is now facing huge challenges, including issues relating to Climate Change, Ocean acidification, loss of biodiversity, pollution, and global freshwater use. There is no shortage of environmental problems humankind must face, and we need to act before the our vulnerable natural resources are depleted for good.
In "What every Environmentalist needs to know about Capitalism", authors Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster address our most crucial global issues with a close consideration of Global Capitalism as the key factor behind our lack of environmental reform. Characterized by profit-driven economies led by money hungry corporations and governments, one cannot consider how environmental progress can be made without understanding the Capitalist make-up of our modern world.
For any person hoping to acquire a good grasp on the major threats to our global ecology as well as how our economic reality is a powerful force halting any true environmental progress, consider diving into this book:http://monthlyreview.org/press/books/pb2419/
Awareness and understanding are key factors to building a well informed opinion with which to evoke change and reform. Please do not hesitate be curious about your world, and brave enough to help secure our global health for generations to come.
The New York Times has released a brief but gripping article, exposing the grave consequences of Aquaculture, better known as 'fish farming'.
Developed to try and create a sustainable future for global fisheries and meet the global demand for seafood, Aquaculture is risky business, a play with nature, and has had disastrous mishaps and outcomes.
Read this article and you may ask yourself "Who's right is it to manipulate nature, wildlife and the natural progression of life in the ocean?"
"About that Salmon": http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/opinion/about-that-salmon.html?_r=2
This article is from the Guardian.co.uk entitled "Making an ocean of difference: restoring life to the seas".
With genuine and passionate words, this article flows and lays out the priceless value of our oceans, the painful wounds human exploitation has inflicted on the environment, and how the answer is to simply aknowledge and own our responsibility for the state of our global health.
Make the change; that is the message.
Lets join forces and heal the near terminal damage we have caused our planet to bare.
It only takes a few minutes, so please click here to read a great writer standing up for our oceans: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/blog/oceans-pollution-degradation-resources-restoration-solutions
Safe Seas Clean Seas
Safe Seas Clean Seas is a quarterly round-up of recreational, commercial and environmental maritime news and events. Safe Seas Clean Seas Newsletter: http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Publications-and-forms/Safe-Seas-Clean-Seas/
Protecting our marine environment – information for students.
Marine pollution can be caused by discharges of sewage, dumping of rubbish from vessels, as well as spills of oil and other harmful substances. Learn about the main maritime environment pollution issues. http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Environmental/Protecting-our-environment-students.asp
The world's underwater sea beds have engrained resources such as oil hidden deep beneath the ocean floor. Drilling for this oil has become a widespread and incredibly profitable business for industries seeking to utilize this natural resource. A multitude of products humans use have been sourced from the crude oil found deep in our sea beds.
On April 20th, 2010, an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig caused the largest ocean oil spill in history in the Gulf of Mexico. An estimated 50,000 barrels of oil escaped into the ocean every day for a total of 87 days until the leak was finally stopped.
The environmental damage for this type of incident is immeasurable and will continue to escalate for years to come. Wildlife and fishing communities depending on the Gulf of Mexico's nutrient rich waters have been heavily affected by the inundation of oil since the disastrous spill.
There are numerous offshore drilling rigs around the globe extracting oil from as deep as 1 mile beneath the ocean floor. The environmental consequences of incidental oil spills are monumental and bring into question the sustainability of this type of industry.