Ocean Awareness: It’s Our Turn to Take Care of the Ocean

The ocean has been providing us not just food and water but even recreation and livelihood.  Its abundance is simply immeasurable but it’s disheartening to know that not only do people are taking more than he needs but is also showing no regard at all.  Evidently, people lack ocean awareness.

The ocean has been providing us not just food and water but even recreation and livelihood.  Its abundance is simply immeasurable but it’s disheartening to know that not only do people are taking more than he needs but is also showing no regard at all.  Evidently, people lack ocean awareness.

If we’ll only look, we’ll see

Have you seen the photos of surfers encountering massive trash ‘surfing’ with them?

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Have you seen the photos of marine animals, sick, disfigured, dying or worst dead, because they got caught up with trash or mistakenly taken it for food?

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Have you seen the studies or news about fish, (yes, the ones we’re serving to our family) containing alarming levels of mercury?

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Haven’t we seen enough?

Show gratitude by creating ocean awareness

Yes, we should have been more thankful to the abundance the ocean has always been providing us.  And yes, we really messed it up so bad that we’re now feeling the effects of our own doing.

But, NOW, will be a good time to start making changes.

What you do will matter.  Don’t underestimate your power.  You can change the world by starting with yourself.

Show your gratitude to the ocean by being more responsible with disposing your trash.  Create ocean awareness – to your family, to your friends, to your community – until our collective forces will be enough to protect our ocean from the ‘big’ offenders.

Let’s create ocean awareness by being proactive, by letting our voices heard – until we’re loud enough that they couldn’t ignore us.

The ocean takes care of us.  Now it’s our turn now to do the same.

Let’s show our gratitude, let’s create ocean awareness.

Green Art from Scrap

Creating art benefits not just your well being but even your physical body as well.  Through writing, music, dancing or visual arts, you can express yourself – your emotions, your visions.

It gives you the freedom and peace from within that radiate into your physical being – hence, art is important in our life.

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Having said that, not everybody is given the opportunity to be provided with the materials they need to express their creativity.  It can be due to financial constraints or inaccessibility.

In San Francisco alone, not all schools have the funding to support art education for the children.  And I cannot stress enough the importance of providing art education to our youths today.

With all the distraction from electronic gadgets that is monopolizing their waking hours, they do need art to let them discover their other potentials outside of their virtual world.

Artists, like myself, need to have a way to express ourselves, to channel out all the creativity that is inherent in us.  Being the creative person that we are, we simply cannot contain that without causing imbalance in our life.

Creating art from scrap

Arts supplies stores may not always be an option to a lot of people because of financial constraints and it’ll be a shame to hinder your creativity development just because you’re lacking the materials.

It’s a good thing though that art is everywhere!

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It does need a little extra creativity to see that there are arts in scrap, yes, in trash.  It’s physically there, waiting to be pick up and collected and waiting to be piece together.

SCRAP: the place to go

To create art from scrap found in your house is cool, to find all sort of scraps in one place is even cooler!

Anne Marie Theilen saw the need for resources to make art education possible for the students and for other artists as well in San Francisco, California.  This gave birth to SCRAP in 1976.

This non-profit creative reuse center, material depot and workshop space made creating art from scrap possible!  Low-cost materials and supplies are now more accessible to artists, teachers, parents and organizations.

SCRAP provided the community not just the resources but the opportunity to learn and pass on the value of creative reuse.

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 Now a days, so many things have become easily replaceable that people oftentimes just throw it away and replace it with something new – from household items to home furniture to office supplies.  Before we even knew it we have successfully participated in further polluting our planet earth.

We can make a change; let’s make it a habit to upcycle – to upcycle is to create art.

It takes imagination and creativity to re-shape or re-fashion an item to fit its new purpose.  Workings from scraps not only give you the opportunity to challenge yourself to give it a new life but you’re also contributing in saving the environment as well.

Green art from scrap!

By finding a new purpose to these scraps means less trash are polluting the earth!  SCRAP is literally saving landfills of additional tons of trash by taking the responsibility to make use of these scrap for the benefit of the community.

Suffice to say that art from scrap is definitely green art!

Check me out at the San Francisco Contemporary Art Market

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Changing the World One Blue Marble at a Time

The Blue Marbles Project is started by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, a scientist, an activist, a community organizer, an author and also a father.  This project is creating awareness and reminding people especially the youths about sharing, giving, and gratitude towards one another and our blue planet.

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This project involves passing a blue marble from one person to another who has shown concern for our planet.  It’s a sign of gratitude, an appreciation for that act of kindness to our environment.  It doesn’t question how big or small your part is, if you have a blue marble in your hand, it simply shows that you care.  And as long as people care, there is hope.

If you want to be a part of this cool project simply share a ‘blue’ marble to a person whom you believe is doing something good for the planet, it’s a sign of gratitude.  Then you encourage that person to do the same and pass the blue marble on.  You can then share your story with the world however you like.

Preferably of course, share your photo with your blue marble, that way we somehow connect with each other!  You’ll be amazed to see where these blue marbles have been to and who have touched them so far.

Why blue marbles?

The Blue Marbles the famous photo of the earth taken from the moon by astronauts.  That is how our home looks like when viewed from the outer space – a glowing marble of blue oceans and green forest.  Hold a blue marble at arm’s length in front of you, and it will be like looking into earth from million miles away.

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We love the ocean, my family love to surf and we just love the beach!  We’re living an eco-friendly lifestyle and support social awareness about green living and protecting our environment.  Whoever or wherever you are, you can do something to lessen carbon footprints in our planet.

Try to walk or bicycling whenever possible as opposed to just jumping into your car whenever you need to be somewhere else.  Mind your trash, no matter small or tiny piece it is.  Be wary of the materials you’re using, opt for biodegradable stuff.  Don’t be afraid to venture on new things, and hide on the premise that it’s something you’re not accustomed with therefore could be a waste of time.

For instance, I took a chance and tried affiliate marketing which is just one of the perfect home business ideas and opportunities for women.  It’s simply awesome and doing really great for me!  I’m now working from home and glad to say that I no longer take part in producing carbon footprints along with other commuters.

Be appreciative of the planet we live in, yes that’s a good start actually.  Once you realize what we have been blessed with and how precious and how vulnerable this planet is, then perhaps you’ll start paying attention and be more caring and responsible.

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Trash Talk: Plastics into Work of Art

We have come to a point where trash pollution is undeniably one of the world’s major problems.  And what’s making it even worse is that most of this garbage pollution is plastics which comprise the 80 percent of the world’s marine pollution.  And we all know that plastics will not completely biodegrade but instead it will just add up to water debris that endangers marine life and ultimately even that of ours.

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An artist with a mission.

These concerns are what trigger artists like Claudio Garzón to turn trash, these plastics – into work of art.  While other people’s idea of walking along the beach or along the river involves collecting colorful stones, glasses or perhaps shells; Claudio’s is to pick up plastic trash that he can later on use in creating artwork.

And it doesn’t end there, it’s not enough that he’s recycling these plastics while creating amazing art, he also want to create awareness that will then educate the people on how plastics are destroying our ocean and endangering marine lives.

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He is passionate both with arts and with defending the ocean.

He loves teaching children about   the changes that they can make and how they can keep the ocean clean.  For him, the whole idea is not just creating recyclable arts but to educate as well.

His infamous Plas Tikobots, which are science fiction robots that are made entirely from the plastics that he found, are generating buzz about marine life protection.  These Plas Tikobots are usually modeled after sea creatures – turtles, sharks.

Through his amazing artworks, he hopes to enlighten the mind of the people to start caring and showing gratitude to the ocean.

It’s quite ironic how a beautiful piece of artwork is actually made from plastics that are polluting our water which of course is downright ugly!

Not just an artist.

Suffice to say, Claudio Garzón is not just your ordinary artist.  He’s using his artistic ability not just to share beautiful artworks or teach arts to children but more so to raise awareness and create education that will save marine lives and ultimately, ours, too.

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Trash talk.

Plastics are endangering our lives.  It’s a fact. We can no longer deny how irresponsible we have become in using throwaways, always choosing comfort and ease no matter the price earth has to pay.  But of course, we can always play dumb and act innocent about our contribution to this ailing planet.  But who are we kidding really?  What’s already happening and what will happen to this earth in the future is our responsibility.  Would you blame your neighbors for the trash in your own home?

Planet earth is our home, our only home.  It’s about time we start taking responsibilities, let’s create awareness and start making changes.  Do what you can!

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