All in Environment
All about the new New York Aquarium murals, focused on reducing our use of plastics!
Today, people all around the world are thinking hard and coming up with ideas about how to protect and fix our oceans.
To celebrate World Ocean Week, the New York Aquarium has some super fun activities planned. One of them is a quest!
Even though New York is a huge city with lots of traffic and buildings, we have nature here too. I am totally in love with this new campaign called #WildlifeNYC that is bringing awareness to some of the wild New Yorkers you might see every day
All around the globe, MPAs, or Marine Protected Areas are places in the ocean where human activity is limited. MPAs work differently in different places. In California, where the whole state lies on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, the goal of the MPAs is to "conserve biological diversity, provide a sanctuary for marine life, and enhance recreational and educational opportunities." California's important step, to create MPAs, means that many different kinds of creatures have a protected place to live.
When humans move into an area, we like to make sure that it meets our needs for living. We knock down trees to make way for houses and streets. We pave over the grass and dirt to make roads and sidewalks. Humans need places to live, but so do animals. As humans continue to expand our homes, animals like birds and snakes and turtles and foxes have fewer and fewer places to live.
Recently, the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program calculated all of the debris they collected over the course of a week. Here's what they found.
Almost 1 billion people celebrate Earth Day every year! Isn't that cool? Imagine 1 billion people focused on our environment and protecting the planet! I hope you got to go outside and enjoy nature.
What does this look like to you? Does this look like the kind of blue water you expect to find in the middle of the ocean? Do you think water should look cloudy like this? If you look carefully, you can see small bits of plastic suspended in the water. And, you can see a cloud of sediment--tiny bits of plastic that make this water look like plastic soup! Gross, right?
Once we're done with balloons--especially if we release them into the air--they have to come back down. And they often end up in the ocean. Just like plastic bags, balloons look like jellyfish floating on the surface. So, our ocean friends end up eating them. (Yuck-o!).
I've been thinking about stars all week long. The nights are getting colder, the air crisper, the skies more alluring with twinkling stars. I've also been thinking a lot about how things are related.
Our real purpose, however, was to pick up garbage. We were part of a huge team of about 50 divers all scouring the bottom to pick up garbage. First, we got busy with our dive knives because we found several crabs caught in fishing line. We helped them out by cutting them free. Soon, they were off to join the spider crab highway on new adventures!
Let's keep our sea turtle friends healthy and safe (and munching on the occasional jellyfish snack!).