The Blog Aquatic » rippl http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:10:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Thanks for Picking Up, Now Let’s Prevent It http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/09/25/thanks-for-picking-up-now-lets-prevent-it-2/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/09/25/thanks-for-picking-up-now-lets-prevent-it-2/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:30:39 +0000 Nick Mallos http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=6656

On Saturday, Sept. 21, millions of people around the world joined the world’s largest volunteer effort on behalf of ocean and waterway health. Thousands of International Coastal Cleanup events were held at locations ranging from beaches to riverfronts, lakeside to underwater reefs. Whether you picked one bottle cap off the beach or hauled a refrigerator from a creek bed, thank you for participating.

And everyone who participated helped tackle one of the biggest threats to the health and resiliency of our ocean and waterways: trash. This trash, namely disposable plastics, is entirely human-generated. That means it’s entirely preventable, and we can all play a role in solving it.

How can you help? There are still Cleanups happening all over the world, so you can find one near you or plan a small cleanup of your own with friends and family.

You can also continue to take personal responsibility for your trash—both at the beach and in everyday life. Trash is not just something we throw away. It’s tangible evidence of wasted resources. Pledge to reduce your consumption of one-time-use products, helping stop ocean trash before it starts.

And download Ocean Conservancy’s free mobile application Rippl to help you make simple, sustainable lifestyle choices that will help you save money and reduce your trash impact.

Together, we can work toward trash free seas.

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Surfing Safari No More: Trash Has Arrived in Paradise http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/08/13/surfing-safari-no-more-trash-has-arrived-in-paradise/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/08/13/surfing-safari-no-more-trash-has-arrived-in-paradise/#comments Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:00:48 +0000 Nick Mallos http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=6511 surfer

Photo: Colm Walsh via Flickr

Trash travels. It’s a phrase that’s been uttered hundreds, maybe thousands of times to convey the pervasiveness of trash and plastics in our global ocean.

But now trash has infiltrated the lineup—that congregation of surfers floating just beyond the furthest break, each one jockeying to get the jump on the next wave. For me, the lineup has always been a place of simultaneous solitude, camaraderie and exhilaration. It is a firewall between tranquility and unrivaled adrenaline.

Indonesia—better known as “Indo” in the surfing world—is a mecca for surfers seeking some of the world’s most secluded yet infamous breaks. It’s an idyllic place. Placid turquoise seas erupt into mountains of water that break with tremendous power onto razor-sharp reefs just inches below the surface.

Surfers who triumphantly survive barreling tubes in this part of the world are almost surreal and have often earned the brave rider “Wave of the Year” honors.

During a recent trip to Bali, though, surfer and photographer, Zak Noyle, captured images of a new kind of barrel—one that may become as infamous as the waves themselves: waves of trash.

It could be said that the waves were perfect on a recent morning at a remote location in Java, in southern Indonesia.

Perfect, except for the appalling amount of trash and other debris, which transformed the typically amazing experience of getting barreled into one that left both surfer and photographer feeling nauseated.

What can we do to keep our breaks a little cleaner and prevent these waves of trash from crashing on our shores?

For starters, I’ll be paddling out on Sept. 21 to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup, and I hope you’ll join me at your local break or on a beach or waterway near you.

We can also make small changes in our everyday lives that help reduce our trash impact. Download Ocean Conservancy’s free mobile application, Rippl, to help you make simple, sustainable lifestyle choices.

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You Spoke and We Listened! http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/07/10/you-spoke-and-we-listened/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/07/10/you-spoke-and-we-listened/#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:54:06 +0000 Sara Thomas http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=6253

In just 10 months, nearly 11,000 of our ocean friends downloaded and began using Rippl. The response for our iPhone app is incredible—not only are people downloading it, they’re also using it regularly.

Rippl helps you remember to make simple, sustainable choices that save you money and keep the ocean and all its wildlife healthy.

According to the EPA, more than 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. Of those, approximately 100 billion are plastic shopping bags. Thanks to our family of Rippl users, we’re helping to lower that number.

We’re inspired on a daily basis by the small changes individuals are implementing into their routines. Whether it’s remembering your reusable bag at the grocery store each visit or picking up that piece of trash you see on your commute into work, each action is adding up to make a big difference for the health of our ocean.

We all can use a reminder now and again to help us make smart choices in our daily lives. But Rippl isn’t just a way for you to remember small actions to take to help create a healthier planet, it’s also a way to share your inspiring environmental habits with others.

Starting this week and for the next three months, each tip delivered through Rippl has been created based on a current user suggestion. From ways to reduce your aluminum foil consumption to ideas for cutting down your gasoline use, these tips will not only save you money, they’ll help keep the ocean and all its wildlife healthy.

Haven’t started your Rippl effect yet? Download it today!

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“These Things Are Fun and Fun Is Good”: Dr. Seuss Stamps Celebrate World Oceans Day http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/06/07/dr-seuss-stamps-celebrate-world-oceans-day/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/06/07/dr-seuss-stamps-celebrate-world-oceans-day/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:19:42 +0000 Allison Schutes http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=6011 Trio of World Oceans Day stampsLast week, I had the incredible honor of participating in the NAPEX First Day of Issue Ceremony for the United Nations Postal Administration’s stamp commemorating World Oceans Day 2013.

The U.N. partnered with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to develop the stamps, which showcase the timeless characters of Dr. Seuss’ book, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” Celebrating our connection with the ocean, the stamps remind us of how important it is to protect it.

The stamps—issued in three different currencies: U.S. dollars, Swiss francs and euros—are a further representation of the central role the ocean plays in our lives, regardless of what city, state or country we call home. From near to far, from here to there,” as the stamps say, our ocean is everywhere.

For me, this sentiment is never more true than when we release the data we collect each year during our International Coastal Cleanup. After analyzing more than 10 million pounds of trash collected from beaches and waterways all over the world, our top 10 list includes items we use every day, from cigarette butts to food wrappers to plastic beverage bottles. That means ocean trash is a preventable problem that we can all have an impact in solving.

These stamps are a perfect reminder—especially when we are consumed with the hustle and bustle of our busy lives—that we each play a role in protecting our ocean. So let’s celebrate this World Oceans Day by making a conscious effort to help keep the ocean healthy.

You can start with small steps by downloading Rippl, Ocean Conservancy’s free mobile application that helps you make simple, sustainable lifestyle choices.

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This Week’s Top Tweets: March 9 – 15 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/03/17/this-weeks-top-tweets-march-9-15/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/03/17/this-weeks-top-tweets-march-9-15/#comments Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:09:22 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=5183 Our top tweets of the week range from innovations and milestones in scientific study of the ocean to the tangible impacts of trash and pollution we’ve seen recently–and a little hope for a lot of sharks, manta rays and sawfish. With the BP trial continuing in the midst of all this, losing that hour from daylight savings has definitely been noticeable in ocean news this week! Read on for more details.

1. Manatees in Danger

Our most popular tweet this week brings sad news from the coast of Florida, where record numbers of manatees have been killed from the red tide. The total is up to 184, and with an already endangered population, this is a terribly heartbreaking problem. The manatees ingest the red tide that has settled on sea grass (their main food source), then the toxins essentially paralyze the victim, causing it to drown. For more information, check out this infographic from naplesnews.com.

2. Death by Garbage

https://twitter.com/OurOcean/status/311197334727958528

This tweet is about a sperm whale that fatally ate a total of 37 pounds of garbage and beached itself on the coast of Spain. Incidents like these show that some of the ocean’s largest creatures are not immune to our crippling habits of not disposing trash properly, and are perhaps some of the most illustrative reasons that can spur people to change their daily routines to be more ocean-wary. If you’re looking to do the same, try using the tips we’ve suggested in our mobile app, Rippl, to make an easy transition to bettering the environment.

3. Protection from Finning–Finally!

https://twitter.com/OurOcean/status/312172453227032576

The ocean world got some fantastic news this week! The shark finning industry which has decimated populations of this indicator animal has finally been put on a leash, with several species now under international protection. Any further exports of these animals will require a permit that certifies sustainable and legal fishing.

4. Studying Climate Change on the Largest Scale Yet

https://twitter.com/OurOcean/status/312261910865264640

Using plastic bags to study the effects of ocean acidification is definitely a perplexing story. Research concludes in June, so we’ll be sure to keep an eye peeled to let you know about the scientists’ findings!

5. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Ocean

https://twitter.com/OurOcean/status/312292084658864128

An interview in this article says that studying on a ship for longer than a month can yield a high price tag–the $50,000 per day kind of price tag. Scientists can skirt around those prices, though, if they find a commercial cargo ship that’s willing to take them on. Many ships are eager to have scientists do research aboard, as it continues a long tradition of “Ships of Opportunity.” When the only expense is for food along a journey, scientists can worry a lot less about how it will be funded and a lot more about their research.

That rounds out the top tweets from this week! Leave a comment and tell us which story you liked the most, and don’t forget to follow our Twitter handle, @OurOcean, in order to get updates as soon as they come out!

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This Week’s Top Tweets: February 16 – 22 http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/02/22/this-weeks-top-tweets-february-16-22/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/02/22/this-weeks-top-tweets-february-16-22/#comments Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:57:58 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=4768 We all know that the ocean is one of our original visions of beauty, and the top tweets of this week certainly lend some good reminders of that. From the majestic creatures that rule the ocean ecosystem, to the small animals that make up a colorful underwater community and to the small child that utilizes the power of the ocean to overcome difficult obstacles, we can see why the ocean is hugely important in so many different ways. And for good measure, we’ve also got a tweet that shows how badly our consumption of plastic harms one of the most coveted aspects of our planet. With quite the well-rounded week to look back on, let’s dive right in with number one:

1. An Oceanic Escape

Our most popular tweet of the week was one that illustrates how big of an impact the ocean can have on our lives. A young boy with cerebral palsy named Alex surfs regularly to help strengthen his muscles. The Orange County Register article quoted Alex’s father as saying that when he is in the water, “he’s just totally happy, he never wants to get out. It doesn’t matter how cold it is, how windy it is, how sloppy it is. For some reason, there’s this gravitation to the water.” While a specific example, the description of Alex’s affinity for being in the ocean speaks to many of our own personal experiences with and feelings toward the ocean.

2. Trash Talking with a Pro

This tweet was about pro surfer Mary Osborne‘s experience at the South Atlantic garbage patch. Osborne says that “it’s hard to go back and actually explain to people what we saw…The only way I can really describe it is this plastic soup, this confetti-like soup.” While seeing may be the most tangible way of believing the damage plastics have done to our oceans, she suggests that changes can be made in individual consumer behavior, in terms of purchasing power and recycling. We couldn’t agree more! In fact, we created our mobile app, Rippl, in order to help you make small choices and changes in your daily lifestyle to better the ocean’s health.

3. The Live Humpback Hunt

Our third top tweet links to a video of a humpback whale’s hunt for food, courtesy of the National Geographic “critter cam” team. Cool view, eh?

4. Are Your Shark Senses Tingling?

If you weren’t excited about this tweet, you probably just don’t have a pulse. The video and photo progressions of shark conservationist Ocean Ramsey’s peaceful swim with a great white shark had us on the edge of our seats. Well actually, it wasn’t just a swim, but more of an underwater piggyback ride; Ramsey first maintained a calm composure as to not frighten the shark, then eventually grabbed its dorsal fin and went for a short ride. Amazing!

5. Baja Beauty

Our last on the list of top tweets for the week is a video made by Erick Higuera that showcases the beauty which can be found in the ocean. In the video’s description, Higuera says that “the gruesome and cruel destruction of these creatures is unnecessary, tragic and extremely alarming. It is imperative to act quickly to protect marine species populations that still prevail before it’s too late.” Indeed, our last tweet this week is another shining reminder of why we all need to continue the fight for a healthy ocean.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @OurOcean so that you can get all your ocean-related news as it happens, along with funny and interesting ocean-based content. Until next time, have a great weekend!

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Five Tips for a Low-Trash Super Bowl Tailgate http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/02/02/five-tips-for-a-low-trash-super-bowl-tailgate/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/02/02/five-tips-for-a-low-trash-super-bowl-tailgate/#comments Sat, 02 Feb 2013 21:06:39 +0000 Sara Thomas http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=4487 Fans at a football game

Image adapted from mattradickal flickr stream

Heading to a tailgate for Super Bowl XLVII? Here are a few quick tips to reduce your trash impact and keep our planet healthy while cheering on your team.

Make your own food: Opt for delicious homemade salsa, grilled meats and salads over store-bought or take out options. You’ll eat (a little) healthier, be able to buy in bulk and can use your own reusable containers to bring everything in.

Cloth beats paper: If cloth were an option in rock, paper, scissors, it would totally beat all three. Bring cloth napkins and towels for clean up and you’ll not only eliminate fly-away possibilities, but you’ll also greatly reduce the trash produced. Make them from cloth in your team’s colors and show some extra team spirit to boot!

Don’t forget the utensils: Plastic utensils are easier to clean because well, you don’t have to, but is it really worth it? Last year during the International Coastal Cleanup, volunteers found enough cups, plates, forks, knives and spoons to host a picnic for 2.15 million people. Just imagine how much they didn’t find that ended up in our ocean. Make the switch and bring a set of reusable utensils for eating and serving with you.

Bring a keg: The most sustainable option for you 21-and-over beer drinkers is locally brewed beer in a keg. As an added bonus, it also costs less than buying individual bottles or cans. Mini-kegs are great too for those smaller get-togethers. So invest in your own and store it with your chairs and tables, or, for you city-dwellers with less space, rent one from the brewery. We guarantee you’ll be the hit of any party when you walk in with that in your hands.

Skip the throw-away cups: Feel particularly strong about your RSC (red solo cup)? Opt for a reusable one instead – yes, Virginia, they do exist. They stack just as easily and are the same dimension for you ping pong ball throwing aficionados. Or, have everyone bring their own reusable cup for soda, water and other beverages.

Want more ways to reduce the trash in your life? Download Rippl™, our new app that delivers green tips and customizable alerts right to your iPhone.

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