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It was breaking news just a couple of days ago that there was a huge ball of fire burning on the ocean's surface. Occurrences like these are not supposed to happen. The big reason the oceans are becoming so polluted is because of what is spilling in from the land: manmade chemicals and different pesticides as well as plastics and other garbage. We need to do a better job to stop incidents such as these from happening.

If we changed our energy sources from fossils fuels to renewable, green energy it would not only help the oceans but would help the planet. Oils spillings and other energy leaks harm the ocean and if we switched energy sources manmade disasters such as what happened in the Gulf of Mexico wouldn't occur. The technology already exists. Amazing scientists have found ways to harness energy from the sun, waves, and wind, and while we are seeing more renewable energy sources being built the oil industry is just as big as it ever was.

Our earth is heating up and we need to put effort into cooling it down. 80% of the input into the pollution in oceans stems from the land according to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration. Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy will help the planet heal and most importantly the people on it.

Pemex, the company responsible for the eye for fire, has had many incidents in the past that have lead to fires, leakages, and different injuries. And they are not the only company. We need to do a better job of preventing large corporations to do whatever they want with the earth. Regulations need to be placed to prevent corporations from spilling into the oceans as well as polluting the atmosphere. Pemex and other oil industries face no punishment or accountability for these incidents which allows them to keep happening. Our environmental laws in both America and across the globe need to be updated to our current scientific knowledge and practices. We know that increased carbon in the atmosphere correlates with disrupting temperatures and melting ice caps. And with that

I hope that we do not have to see incidents such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico again. It broke my heart to see a ball of flame in the ocean of all places. We are still destroying this world and we need to do more to protect it. we have one planet and we should not take that for granted. We need to preserve this earth so our grandkids and their grandkids still have a place to live.

-Sam Melnick

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30 days living plastic free ... here are ten steps to start ...

How to Live a Plastic-Free Life

Carry reusable shopping bags.

Carry whatever works for you. Some people like reusable canvas totes. Others prefer to put their purchases into a backpack or messenger bag. Do you often forget your reusable bags? ChicoBags are a great emergency alternative. While they are made from synthetic materials, they compress into their own attached stuff sack, which makes them very convenient and likely to be used. I carry several of them in my purse so I am never without a bag. If you have a car, keep your grocery bags in it and remember to bring them into the store with you! And one more thing: reusable bags are not just for groceries! Carry them for all your purchases, from electronics to clothing.

Give up bottled water.

Not only does it come in a plastic bottle, but tremendous resources are used to extract, bottle, and ship it. And many brands of bottled water are simply filtered tap water. Get a reusable stainless steel bottle (Klean Kanteen has just come out with a completely plastic-free water bottle — no plastic on the cap at all!) or stainless steel travel mug, fill it up with tap water before leaving the house, and refill it wherever you happen to be. I don’t recommend reusable plastic or aluminum bottles. Plastic may leach chemicals into the water and aluminum bottles are lined with an epoxy resin, some of which has also found to leach into water depending on the brand. Why take a chance? Read my posts about bottled water for more information.

Carry your own containers for take-out food and leftovers.

Request takeout places use your container instead of their disposable one. If they won’t do it, give them a Take Out Without card to help them understand why they should. Some examples of convenient containers are:

Stainless containers from Life Without Plastic, Eco Lunchbox, LunchBots, and others.

Stainless steel containers sold at some camping supply stores

Think bringing your own containers is too much of a hassle and won’t make a difference? Please check out my posts “Carrying Our Own Containers: Powerful Action or Pointless Inconvenience?“

Carry a stainless steel travel mug or water bottle at all times for coffee and other drinks while out in the world.

(I use my travel mug for water instead of a water bottle.) Besides the plastic lid and plastic straw, paper cups are lined with a plastic coating. When I first began this project, I got in the habit of requesting “no lid and no straw” when ordering a drink in a disposable paper cup. But nowadays, if I’ve forgotten my mug, I simply do without until I can find a water fountain or sit-down cafe or restaurant with durable cups and glasses. This process helps me to remember my reusable mug next time.

Carry reusable utensils and glass drinking straws.

I keep a To-Go-Ware bamboo utensil set and a couple of GlassDharma drinking straws in my purse at all times. And actually, I didn’t need to go out and buy the bamboo. I could have just as easily used my own stainless steel utensils. Check out blogger Mindful Momma’s cute DIY utensil wrap.

When ordering pizza, say no to the little plastic “table” in the middle of the pizza box.

It’s called a “package saver.” Think about it. A single-use plastic device meant to save a single-use cardboard box. What about all the marine animals that swallow that type of disposable plastic? It doesn’t save them, does it? When ordering, say, “Please don’t put that little white plastic thing in the middle of the pizza.” They’ll know what you mean.

Treat yourself to an ice cream cone.

Instead of keeping containers of ice cream in the freezer, I will enjoy the occasional ice cream cone while I’m out. That keeps my ice cream consumption down, which is better for my health, and it also does away with the plastic-lined containers as well. Ice cream cones require zero container or utensil waste. If I do want to bring some home, I can have my ice cream hand-packed in my own container.

Cut out sodas, juices, and other plastic-bottled beverages.

I’ve made the decision to eat fresh fruit instead of buying juice. This eliminates the need for all disposable bottles — glass as well as plastic. I don’t drink sugary sodas, but I do like seltzer water. Especially in the summer. So I got a Soda Stream Penguin soda maker for those times I crave some fizz. The soda maker itself is plastic, but the carafes are glass, and the soda maker replaces hundreds of disposable bottles. What’s more, the reusable CO2 cartridges are returned to the manufacturer for refilling.

Let go of frozen convenience foods.

This was a hard one. I agonized for a while over which brands of frozen meals used the best containers, but in the end, there was just no sound alternative. They all use plastic. Even frozen food trays that seem to be made of cardboard are lined with plastic. The more we limit our consumption of frozen convenience foods, the less plastic waste we’ll generate and the healthier we’ll be!

Say no to plastic produce bags.

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Canada’s all-time temperature record was broken on Sunday in Lytton, British Columbia, with a high of 46.6C. “This smashed the previous record – normally when you break a record, it’s by a small margin – this smashed the record by a full 1.6C."

Less than 24 hours later, on Monday, Lytton broke the record again, this time measuring 47.9C, despite the fact that “it’s in the province of British Columbia, it’s to the Rocky Mountains, the Glacier National Park, and yet we’re seeing temperatures which are more typical of the Middle East or North Africa,

It’s overwhelmingly accepted that climate change is a very significant threat to humanity and while there are countless solutions to tackling what has been described by the UN as the “existential threat” of our times, it is still not fully clear how these solutions will be paid for.

Investments in renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure are growing, however from January 2020 to March 2021, globally, more money was spent on fossil fuels, which when burned, create the harmful gasses driving climate change.