Ocean Blue News
by Karisa Boyce
We have been hearing so much talk about how horrible oil pipelines are for the environment, especially water. People and wildlife around the world have experienced the horrors of contamination by oil spills. Sadly, the effects of which linger on for generations, creating dead zones in the World’s Ocean, destroying wildlife habitat, and contaminating water resources for people, just to name a few of the destructive and inevitable outcomes of pipelines.
Oil pipelines have been popping up all over this planet since before humans realized we could get from point A to point B at hyper speed while utilizing what seemed at one point a harmless and renewable resource. Now, we know that this illusion is not reality. We are starting to realize the detrimental effects of burning fossil fuels at a breakneck pace with no signs of letting up, as the World’s Ocean continues warming up. While protesters continue to fight the construction of pipelines, we are yet to see the masses turning out in large crowds to demand cleaner energy sources. Below shows a photo of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Most offshore drilling rigs are not being used today because the overall cost of inspections are greater then the price per barrel will allow. This is way the push for above the ground pipelines are popping up all over the United States.
Instead of driving our vehicles to the next pipeline protest, let’s go down to our local city council and pay visits to our state lawmakers and start demanding alternative energy now. And let’s do this tirelessly. We may not make the news like the Water Protectors did at Standing Rock, where media disguised yet another attack on Native American land rights as only a protest for the environment. However, a collective and loud demand for alternative energy may eventually get the ears of our lawmakers to open up. All the oil money in the world can not overpower communities of people who come together loudly in casting their votes for policymakers who will uphold our demands.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown hears the demands of Oregonians, which is why she is standing up for Oregon’s public beaches! When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that the president would be allowing Florida to be free from the grips of offshore drilling, Brown spoke up for Oregon’s “362 miles of stunning coastline, last year a $2 billion dollar industry and over 22,000 jobs on the coast.” Governor Kate Brown also supports Ocean Blue Project by signing our proposed proclamation. Brown signed The Annual Oregon Coast Clean Up and Awareness Day Proclamation to save fish and marine wildlife of the Pacific Ocean in April of 2017.
Ocean Blue Project will also be saving marine wildlife during the National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018. Instead of driving back and forth from our corporate headquarters in Bend, Oregon, located 178 miles from the Oregon coast, we are being sponsored by hotels near the coast to make the Initiative as sustainable as possible. We will be picking up plastic rubbish from beaches along the Washington, Oregon, and California coastline before heading east to locations that will be voted on by people from the midwest and east coast. Keeping plastic out of the World’s Ocean will allow phytoplankton to produce the oxygen that marine wildlife and the rest of life on planet Earth rely on.
Ideally, the Ocean Blue beach cleanup team would be able to travel from beach to beach in a zero emission vehicle, like the Tesla Model X SUV, but the astronomical cost of such a vehicle would keep our funding from making direct impact through wildlife enhancement projects, education and awareness programs, and beach cleanups. People donate to beach cleanups, not Tesla vehicles. You may have noticed that we are calling it "The" National Beach Cleanup Initiative and not "Our" initiative, and this is because there is no single non-profit organization that can take ownership over a community’s beach stewardship. The beach cleanups belong to everyone, and everyone will reap the benefits of clean beaches. Just like everyone will reap the benefits if we come out in full force to demand clean and renewable energy.
There are setbacks to solar, wave, and wind power, and there are new and innovative forms of alternative energy being developed now. This is why the best way to lower our footprint is to consume less. But, let’s face it. To be alive on this planet means that using energy and resources is inevitable, so our focus should be on ways to leave the lightest footprint possible. We want to hear from you. How do you consume less energy? What is your favorite alternative energy source and why?
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