Its been almost a year since I have published anything on my blog. This last year has been particularly hard, my mind and focus has wandered to places I wish I hadn't, I got to the point where I knew it was time to bring the focus back to what truly makes me happy, simplify my life and put my mental and physical health first. Now I can say I feel better than ever, I can finally see clearly again. The seasons of life are all necessary for our personal growth, but I am glad winter is behind me (unfortunately, not literally!) So I am bringing things back to the basics. Blogging basics. Zero waste, environmental sustainability and mindfulness.
Almost every week, I question myself and this crazy zero waste journey. Its draining to countiualy hear about how hard it must be! Trust me I know. Whats worse? I fall short, all the time. I constantly ask myself, "why am I doing this?!" when I do though, my mind goes back to one of the main reasons I'm doing this. The ocean. Its where I feel the most at home, calm and peaceful. The sound, smell, sight, taste, and touch. Everything.
We are so unbelievably lucky to live in a country surrounded by clean oceans. But the reality is that the oceans arent clean, they are getting sick. Plastics are poisioning the beautiful blue, and whats frustrating is that we can help stop it.
We owe so much to the ocean which sustains us. Without it we would cease to exist.
Its often hard to understand how a persons actions could positively impact such a huge global issue, and the sceptics will tell you otherwise, but I'm a firm believer that small changes led to huge impact. We can make a huge difference, I wanted to share a few organisations and what they are doing to help right this wrong. We can take control, educate ourselves and make changes to change the outcome.. Its easy to say "yea well that's -insert other country's name- problem" We are too small to contribute to the problem, but this attitude alone is dangerous. I would love to see New Zealand as world leaders on ocean conservation!
1. 5 gyres - is a Not-for-Profit organisation based in LA, their mission is "to empower action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure." I love how they educate through social media, particularly their campaign, #toplessforoceans which encourages us to say no thank you to takeaway cup lids. Check out their Instagram account here...
2. Sea Shepherd New Zealand - Now I am all for environmental activism, why? Because we need a bloody good shake some times. "Sea Shepherd New Zealand is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species". Current Sea Shepherd campaigns include, Great White conservation, Gulf of Mexico clean up and research,
3. Take 3 - is an initiate which encourages us to take 3 pieces of rubbish when leaving a beach or waterway. Based in Australia, their mission is to "significantly reduce global plastic pollution through education and participation." So remember, #TAKE3FORTHESEA
Plastic Free July is coming up! And I'm taking on the challenge of refusing all single use plastics. For half of July Ill be in the States, which may make Plastic Free July interesting. Make sure you follow me on Instagram, where ill be sharing my experience!
Lets do it for the oceans!