Thursday, July 17, 2008

2008 Beach Cleanup

On July 5, my mom and I joined a beach cleanup at Davenport Beach. It was a complete mess! There were spent fireworks, clothes, Styrofoam coolers, plastic bags, and more. The beach was filled with garbage and junk that could soon become deadly marine debris.
As many people now know, there is a huge pile of garbage found in the Pacific Ocean. In the last five years, its size has doubled, and now has said to have become two times the size of Texas and 300 feet in height. For years, the current has brought food to this area for the local ocean life. Many animals still visit the site and are unfortunately killed by the "food" that they eat.
Together we must solve this problem by preventing our trash to get there in the first place. We must not litter, and restore our beaches. One way to help is easily by joining beach cleanups or bringing a bag to pack your trash in on a day at the beach. There our so many ways to help the environment, only if we try!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

SEE Turtles Trip

On June 8th, I left for an expedition in Baja, California to catch and monitor sea turtles! Stay tuned for a complete post!

A Poster Contest

On March 21st, J. Nichols told me about a poster contest held through the 15th of May. I had plenty of time, so I decided to visit the website "urban revison" to be aware of the rules and guidelines. I would soon be starting on my poster.

The contest asked for your vision of the future: "What would our cities and environment look like in the day of tomorrow? What would our cities and environment look like in the year 2050?" When I first read about the poster, I had no idea about what to paint. Still, I knew for a fact that I wouldn't want our world to be polluted, with littered plastic bags and suffocating fuels, but very "eco" and natural, with an image that provided a beautiful clean world with fresh air, trees, and wildlife.

Another suggestion the website asked was to try to create your poster from any recycled objects. Therefore, I decided to make a canvas of brown paper "Safeway" bags that I know would've never been as useful.

I researched about energy that could be our solutions, deciding that that would be a clear part of the poster: "wind power, solar power, hydro power." The poster that I would create would include blue skies, and happy people, with new architecture and transportation, such as solar powered scooters, buildings made of solar panels, and wind power on roofs of houses. When framing my ideas, I finished my poster.

It was a great experience and fortunately, I won! I could've never expected it. Many thanks to J. Nichols who encouraged me, and who recommended this contest to me! Never would've I have thought of what I wanted our earth to look like in the future, but now I can imagine. This has really inspired me and has raised my hopes for a new and "eco" world.