Oil, toxins, pollution: Where does it end?

May 29, 2010

I honestly do not think the average person realizes what a monumental disaster the latest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico means.  The amounts of toxicity – not only from the oil but the highly dangerous dispersants (a nice name for a toxic cocktail that kills just about anything it touches).  Try to image the untold millions of gallons of oil, dispersants and other toxic by products that are now part of our eco-system.  We will be living with this hidden toxicity for years, long after the visible effects are gone.

How many cancer victims in the next 20 years, how many neurological disorders, how many deformities, how many people losing their quality of life earlier than they should.  Well guess what, we will never know.  It will be out of your mind in a few weeks, and you’ll go about your business, your life and think what a beautiful day it is…

Or, are you going to push for change?  Our dangerous addiction and affliction to oil needs to end.  Our air, water and land (and now oceans), are damaged. You want to see cancer rates drop, you want to see less Autism, ADD, and all the modern plagues that are harming our children?   Kick the oil habit, kick the toxicity habit, make that change happen…

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The Truth about Off Shore Drilling: A Planet Protect perspective

May 1, 2010

If I learned anything this past week about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill (eco-disaster) is that we have no shortage of oil rigs in the Gulf.  Perhaps I was like most American’s who thought that we had a few rigs, that the oil companies wanted more, more leases, more access and more profit.  I come to find out that there are 3,500 rigs being used off 90 platforms.   Excuse me?  So basically, the big ugly oil rigs we see off the coast, have lines leading to hundreds and hundreds of well spots a mile under the sea.

The other disturbing fact – in the past four years there have been 500 fires on these few platforms (according to the Feds), and dozens have been hurt and killed.  So this accident was only a matter of time.  This accident could have happened – hundreds of times before.  We’ve just been lucky – until now.  Obama should have a review of all rigs, and all safety protocols before these 3,500 wells deep under the sea – which we can’t even reach (nor fix) – have problems.


Protect the Sea Turtles: Apparently Feds Won’t

December 22, 2009

In our last blog of the year, we want to focus on a situation that is very upsetting for marine conservationists like us at Planet Protect Sportswear.  In a December 11, 2009 article, it seems that protections for endangered sea turtles of the coast of Hawaii – Obama’s home state – is being lessened for one group of fishermen.

Its infuriating that politics and back room deals permeates our current system of government – at the expense of marine animals that are on the brink of extinction.

Read the NY Times story here.  Read about the story with Sea Turtle Restoration Project here.

 All I can offer is that you help fund the legal defense funds to protect these amazing and beautiful creatures.  I’ve spent enumerable time watching and studying Green Sea Turtles, and I am saddened  by any attempt to negate their existence.  Please help fight for these ancient and majestic friends of the sea.

Visit our web site, www.PlanetProtect.com  – we raise funds to help protect our oceans.


The Real CO2 problem: Ocean Acidification

November 14, 2009

Here’s a story you won’t EVER see on Fox News – not that they actually do news, reporting, journalism or much anything else but illogical commentary (I guess that’s for another blog).  As a marine conservationist, retailer and designer, the most alarming and under reported change to our ocean environment is acidification.  The more CO2 we dump into the atmosphere, the more our oceans absorb this by-product of our modern age.  coral 1

NOAA has put together a great web site that covers in detail this concern.  Our government has been concerned about this for years, even during the Bush Administration.  So for those Republicans out there, this isn’t new.  See Ocean Research Bill – July 2008: http://science.house.gov/press/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=2262

Climate change is going to take decades to show conclusive results for even the most ardent non-believers. Here is real data on Ocean Acidification, real facts that are measurable, precise and conclusive – right now.  We will be releasing new shirts this Spring – enlightening our customers about this growing and dangerous concern.  We’ve already written our Senators numerous times, and so should you.  We must reduce our carbon footprint immediately.

Go research this for yourself, don’t dismiss this, start learning, and take action.  http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/OA/background.html

 

 


Cruise Ships: Banned in Hawaii

September 5, 2009

Here at Planet Protect – The Organic Sportswear Co., there isn’t much we like about Cruise Ships, they pollute, dump millions of gallons of raw sewage into the oceans daily, and are basically unregulated floating cities that promote extravagance and excess.  One place they should be completely banned is around the Hawaiian islands.  There is no reason to have them anywhere near the islands.  The State of Hawaii has is constantly battling these carriers. Do they really add that much to the economy?  At what point do we say environment is more important than tourist dollars?

Legislation should be drafted banning any ship that carries over 100 people from entering the Hawaiian eco-system and waterways – up to 100 miles.  And ships that enter the 3 mile boundary had better follow the rules or be summarily banned from re-entering with stiff fines for carriers.

Each ship is capable of producing as much diesel exhaust as 10,000 cars and trucks per day, are constantly dumping illegally – garbage, oily bilge waste water, and sewage, yet operate around the world in all ports of call with little regard to the surrounding oceans they pollute.  Once these floating and bloating ships hit the open sea, there isn’t much the international community can do to regulate them, and the cruise ship industry knows it.  We say don’t cruise, don’t spend your money supporting these massive producers of waste – it just isn’t worth it – and really… do you need to have a midnight buffet in your life?


Sunsreen Damage: Our Reefs

August 29, 2009

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Of all the threats to our oceans – chemical waste, pollution, plastic products, over fishing, ocean acidification (CO2 damage), we can add another threat we humans can take credit for – viral infections due to the sunscreens we use.  We at Planet Protect Sportswear have been doing more and more research into the threat of sun screen chemicals – not only are we finding out that these chemicals are bad for us, our health and genetics, but they also severally damage coral reefs.

It seems that the main chemicals in sunscreen: octinoxate, oxybenzone, homosalate and a host of other chemicals activate a virus in the algae that attaches itself to coral – once the virus is activated, it destroys the host coral.  Marine researchers are finding that small doses of sun screen chemicals activate the virus and the net result is dead coral – or the bleaching we see.

A few brands of natural sunscreens that are safe to use include brands like: Avalon Organics, Jason, Burt’s Bees, Alba Botanica and California Baby. It seems that mineral ingredients will physically block UV rays – minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide work well, so we offer that you look for these ingredients. In addition, these minerals also block UVA and UVB rays. The chemical ingredients are not as effective against UVA, plus they are truly bad for your health.  Search for plant based sunscreens – they do a better job and are better for your health.

Please do the same research we have been doing, and find a good solution to protect your skin, and spare our coral reefs the damage.


Exploring the Ocean: a child’s perspective

August 5, 2009

There is no greater joy than watching your child explore new worlds with excitement, a little nervousness, and pure joy.  On my last trip to the Hawaiian islands, my middle child, became enamoured with the ocean, its inhabitants, and the thrill of discovering – humuhumunukunukuapuaha (Hawaiian trigger fish) by the dozens.  I think she just liked saying the name as fast as possible.  Respect for our oceans starts young, as does dis-respect.  I watched some parents allow their children to torment, chase and attempt to destroy anything that moved, and other children inexplicable mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the sea.  As a parent, I have worked very hard to let my children know the importance of the oceans, how, when well managed can provide food, provide medical benefits, tourist support for communities, and conversely, how when mismanaged, can lead toward disease, destruction of communities and lack of food for all (up and down the food chain).  Its just that simple, a teaching of respect, tolerance and providing education toward a specific subject.