boyan slat

Boyan Slat Vs. Water Pollution

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.92″ custom_padding=”0px|0px|0px|0px”][et_pb_row make_fullwidth=”on” use_custom_gutter=”on” gutter_width=”1″ custom_padding=”0px|0px|0px|0px” custom_margin=”0px|0px|0px|0px” background_position_1=”top_left” background_repeat_1=”no-repeat” module_class=”dd-code” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ background_color=”#61e8a6″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”no-repeat”][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code (custom CSS code)” _builder_version=”3.14″]<style><!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* Styling the post title and categories */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-post-title .et_pb_title_container {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> display: flex;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> flex-wrap: wrap;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-post-title h1.entry-title {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> order: 2;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> width: 100%;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> padding-top: 15px;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> padding-bottom: 20px;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-post-title p.et_pb_title_meta_container {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> order: 1;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> width: 100%;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> color: #61e8a67;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-post-title a {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> color: #084451;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-post-title a:hover {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>opacity: 0.66;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* Reduce space under divider */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-divider.et_pb_module {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>margin-bottom: 0!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* Make the author image round */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-author-image img {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>border-radius: 50%;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* Change opacity of author name on hover */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-author-name a:hover {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>opacity: 0.66;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* Social sharing plugin styles */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>html body .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> padding: .4em!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.supsystic-social-sharing a {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> background-color: #04493e!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>width: 100%!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>color: #61e8a6!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>font-size: 18px!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.facebook:hover, .dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.twitter:hover, .dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.googleplus:hover, .dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.pinterest:hover,.dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.stumbleupon:hover,.dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.mail:hover,.dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.tumblr:hover, .dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.delicious:hover {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> background-color: #61e8a6!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>color: #04493e!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* increase post paragraph spacing */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-post p {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>padding-bottom: 2em;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* set arrow color for post navigation */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-post-nav a span.meta-nav {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>color: #e7e6d7!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* style the comment form */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-comment-form.et_pb_comments_0 .et_pb_button, .dd-comment-form.et_pb_comments_0 .et_pb_button:hover {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> padding: 9px 20px!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>@media only screen and (max-width: 980px) {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-code .et_pb_column {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> margin-bottom: 0;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>@media only screen and (min-width: 981px) {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>#left-area {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> padding-bottom: 0;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>@media only screen and (max-width: 980px) {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* make header image full width */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-header-image {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>width: 100%!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* don’t overlap sidebar on mobile */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-overlap-row {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> margin-top: 0!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –></style>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.92″ background_color=”#61e8a6″ custom_padding=”0px|||”][et_pb_row custom_padding=”0px||0px|” background_position_1=”top_left” background_repeat_1=”no-repeat” module_class=”dd-header-image” _builder_version=”3.0.65″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”no-repeat”][et_pb_image src=”https://seareinascall.com/wp-content/uploads/boyan-lg-768.jpg&#8221; admin_label=”Image (min 1080px wide 16:9 ratio)” _builder_version=”3.14″ animation=”off” sticky=”off” border_style=”solid”]
[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row custom_padding=”|30px||30px|false|false” custom_padding_phone=”0px|0px|0px|0px” custom_padding_last_edited=”on|phone” background_color_2=”#e7e6d7″ background_position_1=”top_left” background_position_2=”top_left” background_repeat_1=”no-repeat” background_repeat_2=”no-repeat” padding_right_2=”9px” padding_bottom_2=”50px” padding_left_2=”9px” module_class_2=”dd-overlap-row” custom_css_main_2=”margin-top: -75px;” _builder_version=”3.0.92″][et_pb_column type=”2_3″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”no-repeat”][et_pb_post_title author=”off” date=”off” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” admin_label=”Post Title (and categories)” module_class=”dd-post-title” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ title_font=”Lato|||on|” title_text_color=”#04493e” title_font_size=”30px” meta_font=”Lato||||” meta_text_color=”#f9a340″ meta_font_size=”13″ custom_margin=”||0px|” border_style=”solid”]
[/et_pb_post_title][et_pb_divider color=”#078773″ divider_weight=”3″ module_class=”dd-divider” _builder_version=”3.2″ custom_css_main_element=”width: 12%;” hide_on_mobile=”off”]
[/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text (intro)” module_class=”dd-text” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ text_font=”Lato||||” text_text_color=”#04493e” text_font_size=”18″ text_line_height=”1.4em” border_style=”solid”]

Most times the news is rancidly depressing, especially if you listen to the broadcasted news. I often scroll my feeds and see greed and ignorance eating up our planet without remorse. Animals poached for something as trivial as a handbag, sharks mutilated for bland soup. Petroleum sucked from and spilled into our oceans to make single-use plastics that will kill sea animals and create widespread pollution. It makes me sick to my stomach to think there can be such unabashed disrespect and greed on such a beautiful planet. Which is why I want to share a positive story with you about an amazing young mind, that of Boyan Slat and his battle against water pollution.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.14″]

Who is Boyal Slat?

According to Wikipedia Boyan Slat is 24 year old kid from the Netherlands who dropped out of aerospace engineering school. Though this may not sound impressive, what you don’t know is that this ‘kid’ has created an invention that could make an immensely positive impact on ocean pollution. In 2012 he made a speech on Tedx Talks and shortly after went viral.  About a year later he founded The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization trying to rid the ocean of pollution. Now, in 2018, he is finally launching his invention, and so far it seems to be working as planned.

An Ingenious Creation

The Ocean Cleanup system is most simply described as a large flexible boom with a weighted skirt that reaches around 3 meters deep. The system utilizes the natural forces of the earth such as currents and wind to catch up ocean debris. The U-Shape of the system traps floating plastics in its arms. Then, every so often, a marine vessel can collect the trash. It will then be taken back to land sorted and recycled.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image src=”https://seareinascall.com/wp-content/uploads/csm_toc_technology_concept_7e41336acb.jpg&#8221; _builder_version=”3.14″][/et_pb_image][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.14″]

In addition, to its wonderful purpose, the system works autonomously. The little power it does require is supplied by solar and natural energies. Including it’s tracking and signaling systems; both important for monitoring progress as well as warning nearby ships to its location. Eventually, Boyal Slat plans to deploy a fleet of these systems into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Round 1, Fight!

It has finally started! For years I have been hearing and following the progress of Boyan Slat, rapidly and steadily working toward launching of his Ocean Cleanup Systems. This year they have launched System 001 which was deployed in the great garbage patch on October 16th, 2018. Now, I sit on the edge of my seat, waiting to hear the results from its deployment. If the system works as designed, The Ocean Cleanup estimates that they could clean up 50% of the great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 short years!

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image src=”https://seareinascall.com/wp-content/uploads/largest_cleanup.jpg&#8221; _builder_version=”3.14″][/et_pb_image][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text (main post content)” module_class=”dd-post” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ text_font=”Lato||||” text_text_color=”#04493e” text_font_size=”15″ text_line_height=”1.4em” header_font=”||||||||” header_text_color=”#04493e” border_style=”solid”]

The impact that such a feat would have on the health on our marine environment is immense. It would decrease animal deaths and increase species population. It would reduce debris, it would reduce toxin levels and so much more. For a time we were innocently ignorant of the problems we were creating through our consumerism. Now, most are just ignorant, ignoring and disregarding something so obviously vital for the temporary ease of plastics. I am just glad there are people like Boyan Slat and The Ocean Cleanup who have the mind and power to do more than their part.

Help A Guy Out

I don’t know about you, but the ocean is definitely very important to me. Not because it supplies food and jobs for millions of people, but for what dwells within. As a diver, I spend countless hours interacting with the ocean environment and it has become a vital part of who I am. To see the health of the oceans bolster and begin rejuvenating after years of heart staking damage is with all I can give. If you, like myself, would like to the support the cause you can donate directly from their webpage. Or you can always share and spread the word. And perhaps most importantly, you should strive to be and more responsible consumer.

The pictures used in this article belong to TheOceanCleanup.com and BoyanSlat.com 

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_post_nav in_same_term=”on” module_class=”dd-post-nav” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ title_font=”Lato|||on|” title_text_color=”#0c0c0d” title_font_size=”12px” title_line_height=”1.2em” border_style=”solid” hide_prev=”off” hide_next=”off”]
[/et_pb_post_nav][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_3″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ padding_bottom=”50px” padding_left=”9px” padding_right=”9px” background_color=”#e7e6d7″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”no-repeat” module_class=”dd-overlap-row” custom_css_main=”margin-top: -75px;”][et_pb_image src=”https://seareinascall.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/IMG_5052.jpg&#8221; align=”center” admin_label=”Image (author photo – square image)” module_class=”dd-author-image” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ border_radii=”on|50px|50px|50px|50px” border_width_all=”3px” border_color_all=”#61e8a6″ border_style_all=”solid” max_width=”96px” custom_margin=”-50px|||” custom_css_main_element=”border-radius: 50%;” animation=”off” sticky=”off” use_border_color=”on” border_color=”#f9a340″ border_width=”3px” border_style=”solid”]
[/et_pb_image][et_pb_post_title title=”off” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” admin_label=”Post Title (author name)” module_class=”dd-author-name” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ title_text_color=”#04493e” meta_font=”Lato||||” meta_text_color=”#61e8a6″ meta_font_size=”18″ background_color=”#e7e6d7″ text_orientation=”center” custom_margin=”||0px|”]
[/et_pb_post_title][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.14″ text_font_size=”8px” header_text_align=”center” header_font_size=”35px” header_2_font=”Amatic SC|700|||||||” header_2_text_align=”center” header_2_font_size=”20px” header_2_letter_spacing=”3px” text_orientation=”center” custom_margin=”0px||0px|”]

Follow Me

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_social_media_follow _builder_version=”3.14″ background_color=”rgba(15,15,15,0)” text_orientation=”center”][et_pb_social_media_follow_network social_network=”instagram” url=”https://www.instagram.com/seareinascall/&#8221; _builder_version=”3.14″ background_color=”#078773″ border_radii=”on|3px|3px|3px|3px” border_color_all=”#078773″ follow_button=”off” url_new_window=”on”] instagram [/et_pb_social_media_follow_network][et_pb_social_media_follow_network social_network=”facebook” url=”https://www.facebook.com/SeaReinasCall/&#8221; _builder_version=”3.14″ background_color=”#078773″ follow_button=”off” url_new_window=”on”] facebook [/et_pb_social_media_follow_network][et_pb_social_media_follow_network social_network=”twitter” url=”https://twitter.com/SeaReinas_Call&#8221; _builder_version=”3.14″ background_color=”#078773″ follow_button=”off” url_new_window=”on”] twitter [/et_pb_social_media_follow_network][et_pb_social_media_follow_network social_network=”youtube” url=”https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFgrcUN1Xa8-B_zlRtEcrNg&#8221; _builder_version=”3.14″ background_color=”#078773″ follow_button=”off” url_new_window=”on”] youtube [/et_pb_social_media_follow_network][et_pb_social_media_follow_network social_network=”pinterest” url=”https://www.pinterest.com/seareinascall/&#8221; _builder_version=”3.14″ background_color=”#078773″ follow_button=”off” url_new_window=”on”] Pinterest [/et_pb_social_media_follow_network][/et_pb_social_media_follow][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text (author bio)” _builder_version=”3.14″ text_font=”Lato||||” text_text_color=”#0c0c0d” text_font_size=”16″ text_line_height=”1.4em” text_orientation=”center” module_alignment=”center” border_style=”solid”]The ocean is my biggest passion. As a SCUBA instructor I have a unique opportunity to show people exactly how precious the ocean is.  I aim to inspire others to love and respect the sea through education and diving.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.14″ text_font=”||||||||” header_font=”||||||||” header_text_align=”center” header_font_size=”35px” header_2_font=”Amatic SC|700|||||||” header_2_font_size=”44px” header_3_font=”||||||||”]

Let Others Know

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code (social sharing shortcode)” module_class=”dd-share” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ background_color=”#e7e6d7″ text_orientation=”center” custom_css_main_element=”margin-top: 50px;||margin-right: 30px;||margin-bottom: 50px!important;||margin-left: 30px;”][supsystic-social-sharing id=’3′][/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.14″ background_color=”#084451″ custom_margin=”0px|||” custom_padding=”3px|0px|2px|0px|false|false”][et_pb_row custom_padding=”3px|0px|0|0px|false|false” custom_margin=”0px||0px|” _builder_version=”3.14″ background_color=”#084451″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.14″ text_font=”||||||||” header_font=”||||||||” header_2_font=”Amatic SC|700|||||||” header_2_text_align=”center” header_2_text_color=”#61e8a6″ header_2_font_size=”51px” header_2_letter_spacing=”2px” custom_margin=”20px||20px|”]

Some Other Articles you Might Like

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_blog fullwidth=”off” posts_number=”3″ include_categories=”1369,1360″ show_more=”on” show_author=”off” show_date=”off” show_categories=”off” show_pagination=”off” use_overlay=”on” overlay_icon_color=”#61e8a6″ hover_overlay_color=”rgba(7,135,115,0.59)” hover_icon=”%%47%%” masonry_tile_background_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0)” _builder_version=”3.14″ header_font=”||||||||” header_text_color=”#61e8a6″ body_font=”||||||||” body_text_color=”#e7e6d7″ background_color=”rgba(231,230,215,0)” border_width_all=”0px” custom_margin=”|10px||10px” custom_padding=”15px|5px|15px|5px”][/et_pb_blog][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.74″ background_color=”#efefef”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_comments show_count=”off” form_background_color=”#fafafa” module_class=”dd-comment-form” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ body_font=”Lato||||” body_font_size=”16px” form_field_font=”Lato||||” form_field_font_size=”15px” custom_button=”on” button_text_size=”16″ button_text_color=”#ffffff” button_bg_color=”#0c0c0d” button_border_width=”0″ button_border_radius=”0″ button_font=”Lato||||” button_use_icon=”off” button_text_color_hover=”#ffffff” button_bg_color_hover=”rgba(12,12,13,0.66)” button_border_radius_hover=”0″ custom_css_message_field=”border: 1px solid #cccccc;” custom_css_name_field=”border: 1px solid #cccccc!important;” custom_css_email_field=”border: 1px solid #cccccc!important;” custom_css_website_field=”border: 1px solid #cccccc!important;” border_style=”solid”]
[/et_pb_comments][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

dive site Cleanup

Dive Site Cleanup Challenge #CleanDiveChallenge

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ custom_padding_last_edited=”on|tablet” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ background_color=”#078773″ custom_padding=”||0px|” custom_padding_tablet=”0px||0px|” next_background_color=”#000000″][et_pb_row custom_padding=”0px|0px|0px|0px” custom_margin=”0px|0px|0px|0px” background_position_1=”top_left” background_repeat_1=”no-repeat” module_class=”dd-code” _builder_version=”3.0.65″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code (custom CSS code)” _builder_version=”3.0.92″]<style><!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* Styling the category buttons */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-categories p.et_pb_title_meta_container { <!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> color: #fff;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> }<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.et_pb_bg_layout_light.dd-categories p.et_pb_title_meta_container a { <!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> color: #fff;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-categories a { <!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> font-size: 11px; padding: 6px 12px; background-color: #415370; border-radius: 3px 3px 3px 3px; <!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-categories a:hover { <!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> background-color: rgba(65,83,112,0.66); <!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* Increase post paragraph padding */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-post-content p { <!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> padding-bottom: 2em; <!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* Styling the comment form */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-comment-form .form-submit {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> float: none;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-comment-form.et_pb_comments_0 .et_pb_button, .dd-comment-form.et_pb_comments_0 .et_pb_button:hover {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> padding: 9px 20px!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* Styling for the social sharing plugin */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>html body .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> padding: .63em .55em .63em .55em!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> background-color: #078773!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>margin-left: 5px;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.facebook:hover, .dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.twitter:hover, .dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.stumbleupon:hover, .dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.mail:hover, .dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.tumblr:hover {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> background-color: #04493e!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* responsive media queries */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>@media only screen and (max-width: 980px) {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* remove margin from code module on mobile */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-code .et_pb_column {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> margin-bottom: 0;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>@media only screen and (min-width: 768px) and (max-width: 980px) {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* display post image in landscape on tablet */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-post-image img {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>height: 360px;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>object-fit: cover;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>object-position: 50% 50%;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>width: 100%;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* display post image in landscape on mobile */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-post-image img {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>height: 180px;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>object-fit: cover;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>object-position: 50% 50%;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>width: 100%;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>@media only screen and (min-width: 981px) {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* Remove default padding from body area on desktop*/<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>#left-area {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> padding-bottom: 0;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* Increase left column width on desktop */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.et_pb_gutters2 .et_pb_column_2_3, .et_pb_gutters2.et_pb_row .et_pb_column_2_3 { <!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> width: 63.666%; <!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.et_pb_gutters2 .et_pb_column_1_3, .et_pb_gutters2.et_pb_row .et_pb_column_1_3 { <!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> width: 33.333%; <!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* Position share buttons on title line on desktop */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-share {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> position: absolute;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> top: 0;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> right: 0;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –></style>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row use_custom_gutter=”on” gutter_width=”2″ custom_padding=”|20px|28px|20px|false|false” background_position_1=”top_left” background_position_2=”top_left” background_repeat_1=”no-repeat” background_repeat_2=”no-repeat” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ background_color=”#e7e6d7″ box_shadow_style=”preset1″][et_pb_column type=”1_3″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image (min 640px wide)” src=”https://seareinascall.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/IMG_5052.jpg&#8221; show_bottom_space=”off” module_class=”dd-post-image” _builder_version=”3.14″ border_width_all=”6px” border_color_all=”#078773″ border_style_all=”solid” max_width=”77%” module_alignment=”center” use_border_color=”on” border_color=”#f0eeed” border_width=”6px” border_style=”solid” animation=”off” sticky=”on”]

 

[/et_pb_image][et_pb_social_media_follow _builder_version=”3.0.92″ text_orientation=”center” custom_margin=”20px||0px|”][et_pb_social_media_follow_network social_network=”instagram” url=”https://www.instagram.com/seareinascall/&#8221; _builder_version=”3.0.92″ background_color=”#078773″ follow_button=”off” url_new_window=”on”]instagram[/et_pb_social_media_follow_network][et_pb_social_media_follow_network social_network=”facebook” url=”https://www.facebook.com/SeaReinasCall/&#8221; _builder_version=”3.0.92″ background_color=”#078773″ follow_button=”off” url_new_window=”on”]facebook[/et_pb_social_media_follow_network][et_pb_social_media_follow_network social_network=”twitter” url=”https://twitter.com/SeaReinas_Call&#8221; _builder_version=”3.0.92″ background_color=”#078773″ follow_button=”off” url_new_window=”on”]twitter[/et_pb_social_media_follow_network][et_pb_social_media_follow_network social_network=”youtube” url=”https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFgrcUN1Xa8-B_zlRtEcrNg&#8221; _builder_version=”3.0.92″ background_color=”#078773″ follow_button=”off” url_new_window=”on”]youtube[/et_pb_social_media_follow_network][/et_pb_social_media_follow][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text (post intro)” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ text_font=”Lato||||” text_text_color=”#084451″ text_font_size=”18″ text_line_height=”1.4em” custom_margin=”0px||0px|” custom_padding=”12px|9px|12px|9px” border_style=”solid”]

Ranelle’s addiction to SCUBA started in 2004. From a young age she has been fascinated by the ocean and the creatures living within it. Her Ultimate dive dream is to swim with Orcas and to dive the world. Ranelle is a certified PADI Specialty Instructor and spent 3 years in university studying Science and Biology.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider color=”#078773″ divider_style=”double” divider_weight=”3″ _builder_version=”3.2″ custom_css_before=”margin-left: 9px;||margin-right: 9px;||width: calc(100% – 18px);” custom_css_main_element=”margin-bottom: 0!important;” hide_on_mobile=”off”]

 

[/et_pb_divider][et_pb_post_title admin_label=”Post Title (categories)” title=”off” author=”off” date=”off” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” module_class=”dd-categories” _builder_version=”3.0.87″ title_font=”Lato||||” custom_padding=”|9px||9px” border_style=”solid”]

 

[/et_pb_post_title][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_post_title admin_label=”Post Title (title, author and date)” categories=”off” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ title_font=”Lato|||on|” title_text_color=”#078773″ title_font_size=”30px” title_line_height=”1.2em” meta_font=”Lato||||” meta_text_color=”rgba(7,135,115,0.75)” meta_font_size=”15″ custom_margin=”||0px|” border_style=”solid”]

 

[/et_pb_post_title][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.92″ header_font=”Amatic SC||||||||” header_2_font=”Amatic SC|700|||||||” header_2_font_size=”37px”]

Share Away!

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code (add your social share plugin shortcode here)” module_class=”dd-share” _builder_version=”3.0.92″][supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′][/et_pb_code][et_pb_divider color=”#078773″ divider_style=”double” divider_weight=”3″ _builder_version=”3.2″ custom_css_main_element=”margin-bottom: 0!important;” hide_on_mobile=”off”]

 

[/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text (main post content)” module_class=”dd-post-content” _builder_version=”3.14″ text_font=”Lato||||” text_text_color=”#084451″ text_font_size=”16″ text_line_height=”1.4em” header_font=”||||||||” header_text_color=”#078773″ border_style=”solid”]

The underwater world is a unique place full of color and life. It is vibrant and moving and always changing. Except that, where you would expect to see that life and beauty grow, lately, it has been diminishing. If it was a small regression you could chalk it up to being the normal pull and sway of nature. However, that isn’t the case. This decline has been an ongoing phenomenon for over 50 years. As a diver, you should feel a desire to help, or at least I hope that you do. Which is why I propose a challenge. I challenge you to a dive site cleanup.

Once you see and understand how fast the life of the ocean is being extinguished, it is impossible to ignore, nor should it be.

Our dive sites are clean

Here in Playa del Coco, our dive sites are very clean. Even so, we still find garbage and discarded fishing gear regularly. Most of the professional divers in our local area have adopted a wonderful habit of removing any water pollution they find, which is part of the reason our sites are so clean. However, I still see many people passing up trash on a dive. It is my belief that if every diver picked up a little bit of trash each time they dove, the ocean could be a much cleaner place. 

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_gallery fullwidth=”on” background_layout=”dark” _builder_version=”3.14″ gallery_ids=”1351,1353,1349,1352,1350,1348,1347,1346,1356″]

 

[/et_pb_gallery][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.14″]

Our Dive site Cleanup

Organized dive site cleanups are a great way to raise awareness and get a jump start on cleaning up our local areas. They can also be used to concentrate on removing trash from areas that we don’t dive in. As I said, our dive sites here are very clean, so clean, that holding a dive site cleanup at one of our regular sites wouldn’t make much of an impact. Which is why we decided to focus on an area that was popular with fishermen.

The Cleanup was hosted by Rich Coast Diving, a local dive shop on World Cleanup Day. They supplied a boat, captain, tanks and filled any extra spaces with their own staff. We were 8 divers, equipped with mesh bags and cutting tools and a passion to make a difference.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_gallery fullwidth=”on” background_layout=”dark” _builder_version=”3.14″ gallery_ids=”1355,1354″]

 

[/et_pb_gallery][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.14″]

What we found

On our first dive, we found mostly what we expected. Lots of fishing line, lead fishing weights, and hooks. Each of us came up happy campers. We genuinely enjoyed what we were doing, even if it seemed like work we all had a great time. On the surface, we picked through all of our findings so that we could recycle what we could and properly dispose of the rest.

  • A fin bag full of fishing line
  • A handful of hooks
  • Approximately 30 lbs of lead
  • A plastic pipe
  • 2 knives
  • Several other pieces of miscellaneous garbage

It was our second dive that proved to be a big surprise. I don’t think any of us suspected to find and remove what we did. We started the dive in the same location, however this time, we moved towards a nearby island that many fishermen walk out to during low tide. My buddy and I were diligently looking for garbage before I got distracted by a nudibranch. A moment later my buddy hurriedly got my attention. He had encountered a small wreck with a massive ball of line entangled around the ships decaying anchor.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_gallery fullwidth=”on” background_layout=”dark” _builder_version=”3.14″ gallery_ids=”1358,1357,1360″]

 

[/et_pb_gallery][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.14″]

 

It took a bit of effort, but after signaling the other members of our group, and working together, we were able to remove the bundle from the ocean. The Bundle turned out to be mostly made up of a mass of longline. The whole things weighed over 50 pounds and we needed three people to carry it from the boat to the truck.

It’s a Worldwide Problem

Our dive site cleanup proves that no matter where you are, you can find a piece of fishing line or some kind of garbage that doesn’t belong. Plastic pollution has permeated the farthest and most uninhabited regions of our ocean. Meaning that in a place where there are many of us, I’m sure you can find a piece of trash or two. I believe that every dive should be a dive site cleanup, not just the designated dive site cleanup dives. Which is exactly why I am calling you out as a diver and creating this challenge. I challenge you to pick up that garbage and put in its place!

Every dive should be a dive site cleanup, not just the designated dive site cleanup dives #fightoceanpollution

Participating in the #CleanDiveChallenge

Being a part of this challenge is easy. All you have to do is pick up the garbage that you see while diving. Take a picture with that trash and recycle it, upcycle it, or put it in the trash bin. Then, put that picture on social media with the hashtag #CleanDiveChallenge and tag at least one dive buddy. that buddy, in turn, needs to respond to the challenge and tag another buddy. The goal is to have pristine dive sites all over the world and help make our oceans a cleaner place.

Copy paste the text below into your social media post, just don’t forget to tag a dive buddy.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_cta url_new_window=”on” background_color=”#084451″ title=”Clean, Copy, Paste, Challenge” button_text=”Challenge Someone” _builder_version=”3.14″]

I completed the #CleanDiveChallenge and I nominate INSERT DIVE BUDDY/BUDDIES HERE
Plastic pollution is going under the radar! Awareness needs to be raised hence the making of this challenge! Anyone who doesn’t complete the challenge needs to donate to project aware at https://netdonor.net/page/17238/donate/1

At the rate we are going, in less than 30 years there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish. To stop this from happening we need to not only reduce plastic use but remove the trash that is already polluting our waters. Every year over 100 Million marine animals are killed by garbage in our ocean. It is time that we, as individuals, do something about it.

Learn More about the Clean Dive Challenge https://seareinascall.com/2018/09/26/dive-site-cleanup-challenge/

[/et_pb_cta][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.14″]

 

Help fight plastic pollution and clean our planet.

As divers, we have a unique opportunity to make an impact. We are diving in key habitats all the time. That’s where all the cool sights are right? So, why not protect these places ourselves? Why not help the animals that we love and care about? It doesn’t take much effort from us, but it will make a big difference for the marine habitats we visit.

 

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image src=”https://seareinascall.com/wp-content/uploads/img_6651-1.jpg&#8221; _builder_version=”3.14″]

 

[/et_pb_image][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.14″]

Taking it a step further with Dive Against Debris

If you want to do a little bit more than just participate in this challenge you can always add your findings to Dive Against Debris. This program was created by Project AWARE. The idea is to participate in dive site cleanups and report your findings. They then take that information and create a map of ocean trash. The reported data is very useful and tells us where the highest concentrations of garbage are. This information can lead to trash and recycling reforms in areas where it is most crucial.

As I said before, dive sites cleanups are great, however, people go diving just for fun more often than they participate in active cleanups. You don’t need to wait for a cleanup. You can pick up trash on any dive and submit your findings to dive against debris. You can also donate to Project AWARE to help fight against ocean pollution.

Cheers to Clean Diving!

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider color=”#078773″ divider_style=”double” divider_weight=”3″ _builder_version=”3.2″ custom_css_main_element=”margin-bottom: 0!important;” hide_on_mobile=”off”]

 

[/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.92″ header_font=”Amatic SC||||||||” header_2_font=”Amatic SC|700|||||||” header_2_font_size=”37px”]

Share Away!

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code (add your social share plugin shortcode here)” module_class=”dd-share” _builder_version=”3.0.92″][supsystic-social-sharing id=’1′][/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.92″ background_color=”#078773″ custom_padding=”51px||0px|” prev_background_color=”#000000″][et_pb_row custom_padding=”3px|0px|0|0px|false|false” custom_margin=”20px|||” _builder_version=”3.14″ background_color=”#084451″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.14″ text_font=”||||||||” header_font=”||||||||” header_2_font=”Amatic SC|700|||||||” header_2_text_align=”center” header_2_text_color=”#61e8a6″ header_2_font_size=”51px” header_2_letter_spacing=”2px” custom_margin=”20px||20px|”]

Some Other Articles you Might Like

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_blog fullwidth=”off” posts_number=”3″ include_categories=”1361,1428,1360″ show_more=”on” show_author=”off” show_date=”off” show_categories=”off” show_pagination=”off” use_overlay=”on” overlay_icon_color=”#61e8a6″ hover_overlay_color=”rgba(7,135,115,0.59)” hover_icon=”%%47%%” masonry_tile_background_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0)” _builder_version=”3.14″ header_text_color=”#61e8a6″ body_text_color=”#e7e6d7″ background_color=”rgba(231,230,215,0)” border_width_all=”0px” custom_margin=”|10px||10px” custom_padding=”15px|5px|15px|5px”]

 

[/et_pb_blog][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_comments show_count=”off” form_background_color=”#fafafa” module_class=”dd-comment-form” _builder_version=”3.0.87″ body_font=”Lato||||” body_font_size=”16px” form_field_font=”Lato||||” form_field_font_size=”15px” custom_button=”on” button_text_size=”16″ button_text_color=”#ffffff” button_bg_color=”#0c0c0d” button_border_width=”0″ button_border_radius=”0″ button_font=”Lato||||” button_use_icon=”off” button_text_color_hover=”#ffffff” button_bg_color_hover=”rgba(12,12,13,0.66)” button_border_radius_hover=”0″ custom_css_message_field=”border: 1px solid #cccccc;” custom_css_name_field=”border: 1px solid #cccccc!important;” custom_css_email_field=”border: 1px solid #cccccc!important;” custom_css_website_field=”border: 1px solid #cccccc!important;” border_style=”solid”]

 

[/et_pb_comments][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

water pollution

Are You one of the Sources of Water Pollution?

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.14″ custom_padding=”0px|0px|0px|0px” next_background_color=”#078773″ background_color=”#0bba74″][et_pb_row make_fullwidth=”on” use_custom_gutter=”on” gutter_width=”1″ custom_padding=”0px|0px|0px|0px” custom_margin=”0px|0px|0px|0px” background_color=”#078773″ background_position_1=”top_left” background_repeat_1=”no-repeat” module_class=”dd-code” _builder_version=”3.0.92″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code (custom CSS styles)” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ background_color=”#078773″]<style><!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* social sharing plugin styles */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.supsystic-social-sharing a {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> background-color: #084451!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>color: #61e8a6!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>margin-left: 5px;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>margin-right: 5px;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.facebook:hover, .dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.twitter:hover, .dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.pinterest:hover, .dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.tumblr:hover, .dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.mail:hover, .dd-share .supsystic-social-sharing a.social-sharing-button.sharer-flat.stumbleupon:hover {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> background-color: #084451!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.supsystic-social-sharing .sharer-flat.sharer-flat-8 {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>width: auto!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* make the author photo round */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-author-image img {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>border-radius: 50%;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* style the category links */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-categories a {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>color: #61e8a6;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>p.et_pb_title_meta_container {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> padding-bottom: 5px;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-categories a:hover, .dd-meta-author a:hover {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>opacity: 0.66;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* set divider margin */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-divider {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>margin-bottom: 0!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* increase paragraph padding */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-post p {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>padding-bottom: 2em;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* style the comment form */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-comment-form .form-submit {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> float: none;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-comment-form.et_pb_comments_0 .et_pb_button, .dd-comment-form.et_pb_comments_0 .et_pb_button:hover {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> padding: 9px 20px!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* responsive media queries */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>@media only screen and (max-width: 980px) {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* remove margin from code module on mobile */<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-code .et_pb_column {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> margin-bottom: 0;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>@media only screen and (min-width: 981px) {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* Remove default padding from body area on desktop*/<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>#left-area {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> padding-bottom: 0;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>@media only screen and (max-width: 479px) {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>/* remove boxed layout effect on mobile*/<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>.dd-row {<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –> width: 100%!important;<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –>}<!– [et_pb_line_break_holder] –></style>[/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ background_color=”#078773″ _builder_version=”3.0.92″ custom_padding=”0px||0px|” prev_background_color=”#0bba74″ next_background_color=”#000000″][et_pb_row custom_padding=”30px|30px|0px|30px” background_color=”#e7e6d7″ background_position_1=”top_left” background_repeat_1=”no-repeat” module_class=”dd-row” _builder_version=”3.0.92″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image (min 1020px wide 16:9 ratio)” src=”https://seareinascall.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/latvia-1349659_1280.jpg&#8221; show_bottom_space=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.92″]

 

[/et_pb_image][et_pb_code admin_label=”Code (add your social sharing shortcode here)” module_class=”dd-share” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ custom_css_main_element=”margin-top: -25px;”][supsystic-social-sharing id=’2′][/et_pb_code][et_pb_post_title meta=”off” featured_image=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ title_font=”Lato|||on|” title_font_size=”30px” title_text_color=”#084451″ text_orientation=”center” custom_margin_phone=”||20px|” custom_margin_last_edited=”on|phone” border_style=”solid”]

 

[/et_pb_post_title][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image (image must be square)” src=”https://seareinascall.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/img_1687.jpg&#8221; align=”center” module_class=”dd-author-image” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ border_radii=”|50px|50px|50px|50px” border_width_all=”3px” border_color_all=”#5a5b55″ border_style_all=”solid” max_width=”75px” custom_margin_phone=”||20px|” custom_margin_last_edited=”on|desktop” custom_css_main_element=”border-radius: 50%;” use_border_color=”on” border_color=”#5a5b55″ border_width=”3px” border_style=”solid” animation=”off” sticky=”off”]

 

[/et_pb_image][et_pb_post_title admin_label=”Post Title (Author and Date)” title=”off” categories=”off” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” module_class=”dd-meta-author” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ title_font=”Lato||||” title_text_color=”#084451″ meta_font=”Lato||||” meta_font_size=”17″ meta_text_color=”#0bba74″ text_orientation=”center” custom_margin=”||0px|” border_style=”solid”]

 

[/et_pb_post_title][et_pb_post_title admin_label=”Post Title (Categories)” title=”off” author=”off” date=”off” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” module_class=”dd-categories” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ title_font=”Lato||||” meta_font=”Lato||||” meta_text_color=”#0bba74″ text_orientation=”center” custom_margin_phone=”||20px|” custom_margin_last_edited=”on|desktop” border_style=”solid”]

 

[/et_pb_post_title][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text (Intro)” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ text_font=”Lato||||” text_font_size=”17″ text_text_color=”#084451″ text_line_height=”1.4em”]

One of the most important resources in the world is water. Without it, life would not be sustainable, Earth would have no plants, no animals and therefore no us. Every day, we are supposed to drink eight glasses of the stuff, we use it to clean, to cook, to water plants, to create energy and more. The effects of water pollution are so influence entire planet. So, why we aren’t trying harder to reduce the sources of water pollution?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider color=”#61e8a6″ show_divider=”on” divider_style=”double” divider_weight=”3″ module_class=”dd-divider” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ hide_on_mobile=”off”]

 

[/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text (Main post content)” module_class=”dd-post” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ text_font=”Lato||||” text_text_color=”#084451″ text_line_height=”1.4em” header_font=”||||||||” header_text_color=”#084451″ border_style=”solid”]

Sources of Water Pollution

The number one source of water pollution is humans. Plain and simple, we create so much useless garbage and trash and chemicals, that we don’t even know what to do with it all. and instead of using anything more than once we just throw things away and replace them with new ones.

Plastic

Of the 300 million tonnes of plastic made every year , around half is for single use items. This includes one of the most useless inventions, but also a very popular invention, the straw. Why do we need them? What is wrong with the side of the glass? You may argue, ‘I don’t want to put my lips on it’, but if you wouldn’t put your lips on it why would you drink out if it? However, it isn’t just straws, it’s plastic bags, disposable plates, and cups and cutlery, and plastic bottles and the list just doesn’t stop.

The amount of pollution that goes into our waterways and oceans each year is terrifying. Oil, plastic, gasoline, garbage, and detergents are just a few examples. Plastics can take more than 450 years to decompose, they also hurt and entangle animals on a regular basis. Oils, detergents, and gasoline are toxic to animals, can kill them, and destroys habitats and ecosystems. Millions of marine animals die every year due to pollution, including seabirds, fish, sea mammals, dolphins, and porpoises.

Chemicals

In our homes, our work places, our yards, and everywhere else we use all kinds of chemicals. Whether they be detergents for laundry of cleaners, or fertilizers, or some scary chemical like paint thinner they all eventually end up in the water systems. As we use them we don’t always think of this, it goes down the drain and then ‘bye-bye.’ We believe that those chemicals are no longer our problem, that the municipality will sort it all out and that’s that. The truth of the matter is that it is most definitely still our problem, and the municipality *let’s be honest now,) probably isn’t doing as good a job as they could or even should be.

Oil

Everyone knows that oil and water don’t mix, but that’s not stopping us from allowing oil to pollute our waters. Oils don’t just come from tanker spills and improper disposal by people and companies, they come from gasoline and exhaust fumes. Each time it rains the exhaust in the air is pushed back down to the surface and washes away to the rivers and oceans. Not to mention the soot from the vehicles that was already sticking to the roads and sidewalks.

What is an even bigger surprise, is that most of the oil found in our ocean is due to steady drips and not oil spills. This means that the boats and cars actually cause more pollution in our oceans each year than oil spills do. Oil spills, though disastrous events, are actually cleaned up to some degree, and animals affected are generally treated if possible. On the other hand, oil that continuously drips into the ocean is left to decompose on its own.

 

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row background_color=”#e7e6d7″ _builder_version=”3.0.92″ custom_margin=”|||” custom_padding=”|||”][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.92″ custom_margin=”|||30px”]

The Numbers terrify me

I want to make this as plain and simple as I can because I truly want you to understand the immense size of this gargantuan problem. First off, we create approximately 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic every year. That is way more than a lot of plastic. Of that 8.3 billion tonnes we recycle a meager 9%. To be honest with you that is pathetic. I know for a fact we can do better than that. Of the other 91%, 70% goes to landfills and the remaining 21% ends up in the water.

8.3 billion tonnes guys, 8.3 BILLION TONNES of plastic. There aren’t even that many people on this planet. Think about that… That’s more than 1 ton or plastic per person…

 

*Image credit goes to the Ocean Conservancy, check them out for more information!

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_image src=”https://seareinascall.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/top-10-things-found-infographic-613-649-fda9bc00.jpg&#8221; url=”https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/&#8221; url_new_window=”on” _builder_version=”3.0.92″ custom_margin=”|30px||”]

 

[/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row background_color=”#e7e6d7″ _builder_version=”3.0.92″ custom_margin=”|||”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.92″ custom_margin=”|30px||30px”]

What you can do

Now that we have a good idea of the sources of water pollution, we need to do what we can to help. It’s easy, you just need to change some habits.

  • Recycle!: If there’s only 9% of plastic being recycled then lets recycle more! Simple.
  • Use a water bottle: Stop buying bottled water and drinks. it not only saves plastic but also your money.
  • Keep a clean Thermos in your car: Next time you go for coffee have them fill your thermos instead of a disposable cup.
  • Say no to straws: Straws are unnecessary!  if you don’t want to drink from their glasses then maybe you should rethink where you are buying your drinks from.
  • Stop using single use plastics: having a party or bbq? Use reusable dishes instead of throw aways. Its a little extra work but its worth it!
  • Ban the Bag: start using reusable shopping bags instead of throw-away plastic ones from the store.
  • Use green cleaners: Vinegar and a light earth friendly soap will go a long way in any household.
  • Reduce transport emissions: try using public transit and carpooling more often. Or better yet walk and bike to your destination.
  • Tell your friends: encourage others to learn about the sources of water pollution and maybe they will do their part to.

It doesn’t take much

Simple changes like this can reduce the amount of plastic you use. Hopefully, the notion will catch on and eventually water pollution will be a thing of the past. Just remember that neither us nor the waters can wait for the sources of water pollution to be eliminated.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row custom_padding=”3px|0px|0|0px|false|false” custom_margin=”20px|||” _builder_version=”3.14″ background_color=”#084451″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.14″ text_font=”||||||||” header_font=”||||||||” header_2_font=”Amatic SC|700|||||||” header_2_text_align=”center” header_2_text_color=”#61e8a6″ header_2_font_size=”51px” header_2_letter_spacing=”2px” custom_margin=”20px||20px|”]

Some Other Articles you Might Like

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_blog fullwidth=”off” posts_number=”3″ include_categories=”1428,1369,1360″ show_more=”on” show_author=”off” show_date=”off” show_categories=”off” show_pagination=”off” use_overlay=”on” overlay_icon_color=”#61e8a6″ hover_overlay_color=”rgba(7,135,115,0.59)” hover_icon=”%%47%%” masonry_tile_background_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0)” _builder_version=”3.14″ header_text_color=”#61e8a6″ body_text_color=”#e7e6d7″ background_color=”rgba(231,230,215,0)” border_width_all=”0px” custom_margin=”|10px||10px” custom_padding=”15px|5px|15px|5px” /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row background_position_1=”top_left” background_repeat_1=”no-repeat” _builder_version=”3.0.65″ custom_padding=”25.25px|0px|0px|0px”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_comments show_count=”off” form_background_color=”#fafafa” module_class=”dd-comment-form” _builder_version=”3.0.65″ body_font=”Lato||||” body_font_size=”16px” form_field_font=”Lato||||” form_field_font_size=”15px” custom_button=”on” button_text_size=”16″ button_text_color=”#ffffff” button_bg_color=”#0c0c0d” button_border_width=”0″ button_border_radius=”0″ button_font=”Lato||||” button_use_icon=”off” button_text_color_hover=”#ffffff” button_bg_color_hover=”rgba(12,12,13,0.66)” button_border_radius_hover=”0″ custom_css_message_field=”border: 1px solid #cccccc;” custom_css_name_field=”border: 1px solid #cccccc!important;” custom_css_email_field=”border: 1px solid #cccccc!important;” custom_css_website_field=”border: 1px solid #cccccc!important;” border_style=”solid” border_radii=”on||||”]

 

[/et_pb_comments][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ background_color=”#078773″ _builder_version=”3.0.92″ custom_padding=”0px|0px|50.5104px|0px” prev_background_color=”#000000″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.92″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]