The Pacific Ocean – Lifeless?

The Pacific Ocean – Lifeless?

A revised comment on the article… Please click on the link above to read about the Pacific problem.

The extinction rates of species have been increasing lately. I don’t think there is solely one culprit to death in the Pacific, such as Fukushima. Surely Fukushima has contributed to the problem, but the root of it all (in my opinion) is consumerism. The public demands products, and the companies deliver. The farmers, the factories, you name it, produce the items by hacking up the land and eliminating Earth’s wildlife. Workers do insane labor for terrible pay. They process the ingredients, make the product, and that releases toxins into the air, the water, the soil, etc. The consumers use that product, and toss away the extra. Our oceans are littered with garbage, the things that don’t just “dissolve away.” Plastic remains, being eaten by fish, being eaten by us… the cycle continues.

This is something we can’t ignore. We aren’t just hurting the environment and animals, we are slowly killing ourselves. We depend on our environment. We can’t afford to destroy it, or hurt other people constantly. The solution starts with the individual… into teams, into cities, into states, countries, governments. Environmental change is scary, but we can’t keep saying it’s acceptable to ignore it. Facing our fears will fare a better future.

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Laura

P.S.
Posting article to make up for lost posts.

Fun DIYs and Ways to Reuse

Fun DIYs and Ways to Reuse

Stumbled upon this page on StumbleUpon. Here’s the link to many fun crafts and interesting ways to reuse certain items. 🙂

Includes:

  1. Marshmallow cupcake frosting
  2. Growing lettuce from “old” purchased bunches of lettuce
  3. Instant sunburn relief with Aloe trick
  4. Color gradient eggs for Easter
  5. Easy embossed jars
  6. Faux stones on a concrete patio
  7. Magnetic scrabble wall board for an ongoing family game
  8. Pallets to patio furniture
  9. Paint swatches to homemade calendar
  10. Pallets to puns signs
  11. How to make a polka dot cake
  12. Reclaimed window coffee table
  13. Bunk bed into stargazing tree house
  14. Rose petal tea light
  15. Harmless fresh scent for a bathroom
  16. Old tire to an ottoman
  17. Funky ice cube “tray”
  18. PVC pipe hair appliance holders
  19. Colored tape for highlights

Cool finds like these remind us how easy it is to give a new life to our used items. This is important. Think of how many things we throw away a year that could have been put to a nifty use? A lot, that’s how many. Fun DIY projects not only reduce waste, but give you a sense of accomplishment. A sense of accomplishment gives us that extra “umph” to get through the daily grind, a true necessity. If we don’t feel like we’ve accomplished anything, we’ll just feel stuck and glum! So get crackin’ and have fun!

Love, Laura