Friday, October 15, 2010

Lens and Waves | Blog Action Day 2010

Dark Side of the Lens shows the perspective of someone with true passion. 
"Broken backs, drownings, near drownings, hypothermia, dislocations, fractures, frostbite, head wounds, stitches,  concussions, broke my arm and that's just the last couple of years..."
It must be true passion to have gone through so much yet still having the urge and the drive to experience those powerful waves time and time again. The narrator is passionate about his experiences of riding the waves but that is only part of what seems to drive him. He's not only driven to continuously live these experiences but also to show people what he sees and how he sees it. That is what I love about the story he relates. He wants to show the rest of the world the beauty he sees in it.

There was a young man walking down a deserted beach just before dawn. In the distance he saw a frail old man.

As he approached the old man, he saw him picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea.

The young man gazed in wonder as the old man again and again threw the small starfish from the sand to the water.

He asked, "Old man, why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time."

The old man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun.
"But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish!" exclaimed the young man.

"How can you make any difference?"

The old man looked at the small starfish in his hand and as he threw it to the safety of the sea.  He said,

"It makes a difference to this one!".

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I've never really been an activist in ANY form but I try to do my small part in maintaining my environment. 
  • Eighty per cent of all pollution in seas and oceans comes from land-based activities.
As I hope you can tell from the short film or better yet, your own experiences, the rivers, seas and oceans of this  planet are simply beautiful. I think it would be really nice to keep it that way.

  • In one year, three times as much rubbish is dumped into the world's oceans as the weight of fish caught.
There are issues of water in many places worldwide, presenting itself in varying forms such as a lack thereof for drinking and sanitation or the pollution of our water bodies. 
  • Death and disease caused by polluted coastal waters costs the global economy US$12.8 billion a year. The annual economic impact of hepatitis from tainted seafood alone is US$7.2 billion.
Today October 15, bloggers worldwide are uniting to make these issues known for this year's Blog Action Day.

  • Plastic waste kills up to 1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish each year. Plastic remains in our ecosystem for years harming thousands of sea creatures everyday.
I've dedicated my blog post to the sea.

  • A single quart of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of drinking water.

photo by Jen Karlsson

So for my small part, I'll give you examples of how you can play your own small parts and hopefully these small parts all together from efforts to make these various issues known will make a noticeable difference. These are not simply concepts for protecting our water bodies but concepts to live by.

  • First, accept that you are only able to control your actions and responses to changing conditions around you.

  • Take responsibility for your actions in all things. It sounds simple but being accountable to yourself will help you make the necessary changes.

  • Stop to consider the consequences of your actions (if I choose to do this, what will be the result?).

  • Lead by example! If you can change, then it just might inspire others.

  • Remember that one person can make a difference. Small accomplishments add up quicker then you might think. Remember, no matter what your economic standing, you can help save the environment and money at the same time. You the consumer drive the market; products are made because you buy them. If you buy products that are better for the environment it will become profitable for companies to respond to the demand for environmentally-friendly products. It really is that simple.

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    just one small part


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