Saturday, July 2, 2011

I love Key West!

And to anyone who has ever so much as peaked at my blog, they'd say, "DUH!!!!" but part of the reason I love Key West is that I love the ocean. I have loved the ocean ever since I stood here...
Samudra Beach at the tip of India

I'm not exactly sure this is the exact same beach, but I don't have a picture of the beach I was on and there are not tons of pictures of the southernmost point of India on Google images, actually. At any rate, we spent a glorious day here, body surfing and playing in the ocean. I had never felt the water the way I did here that day even though I had been in the Pacific Ocean a few years earlier. And standing there at the edge of the world was an amazing moment that I have been fortunate to feel several times since. In Key West...

But that is another post for another day.

A headline that breaks my heart caught my eye today on my blogroll- I have Al Gore's Blog if you scroll down to the "New And Current Issues" section you will see it there. The headline was "Mass Extinction". I clicked to see what new thing we were managing to extinguish and found this (which came from CBSnews of all sources!!!),
We have already done huge amount of damaging to our oceans with huge implications for all of us.
“The threats of over-fishing and to the world's fragile coral reefs have long been well documented, but now a panel of scientists say the threats to marine life are far worse than previously imagined.”
“The International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) convened a self-described "first inter-disciplinary international meeting of marine scientists of its kind" recently, and they have released a report claiming,"multiple ocean stresses threaten globally significant marine extinction."
“Dr. Alex Rogers, scientific director of IPSO, said in a press release: "The findings are shocking. As we considered the cumulative effect of what humankind does to the ocean the implications became far worse than we had individually realized."
I gave up eating seafood because of the poisons in them and over-fishing but it seems it's too little too late. I'm just a little fish in a great big pond of gluttony which is how I feel about global warming. 


  1. I don't eat seafood either. The way we treat our planet for greed is something that makes me feel very sad.

    I love the ocean too!

  2. ...being a fellow beach bum, (grew up in the Gulf,) I feel your sorrow and agree that something must be done. Our world is slowly dying away as we lounge about, playing X-Box and cramming our mouths full of potato chips, completely unaware.


  3. Sigh... I hear you. I bounce back and forth between "what difference am I making anyway" and "every little bit helps". It's very easy to get swept into thinking about how so few people care, though. :(

  4. I absolutely love the ocean, too. I'm a vegetarian and don't eat seafood. I heard in 2048 we were going to run out of seafood, but I'm not sure if that's true or not. (I may even have the date wrong.)

  5. If you love the ocean, you should visit me in Perth ;)

  6. LadyFi: Greed is the ruination of the planet!

    EL: Thanks for stopping by. I am now following you also!

    Su: And yet we keep keeping on don't we? I wouldn't go back to eating fish, it's just disheartening.

    Madeline: I'm making my way to vegetarian. I don't eat any meat but chicken I just have too many favorite meals that I make with chicken. But I am slowly cutting back on the chicken also. And I think at this rate, it might be much sooner.

    Trish: I'll pack my bags!

  7. Woo!! :) see ya soon.

    I don't eat much meat at all...but I'm not vego. Still, I do believe that everyone should have to kill their own meat...see how many people go vego when that law comes in ;)

  8. Trish: You're right on about that. If folks had to kill their own meat, they'd definitely eat less meat.

  9. This is one more reason to despair of the way mankind is destroying the planet - like we have a spare we can fall back on - I follow all the recycling advice but the minimal efforts will do little to prevent the erosion.
    Have you seen the statistics on deforestation?

  10. I haven't seen them but I can imagine. I have read many stories of about what has happened as a result of deforestation in the poorest countries and it makes on despair.

  11. One person's greed is another's lifestyle. It's a problem that won't go away until we accept invasive regulation that no one in the US is ready for. And the US needs to lead on this issue more than any other country.


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