Oceans, Bays, Rivers of Life

Today I placed a Social Vibe charity widget on my blog to support the work of  The Surfrider Foundation.  My goal is to bring attention and resources to a citizen’s advocacy network that is making an impact worldwide, but that is also represented here in the Emerald Coast’s chapter by surfer and nature advocates.  We each have a natural interest in sustaining the foundation of life on Earth: water.

Whether saline, brackish or fresh – bodies of water create oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide, clean toxins, and spawn untold generations of life at the base of numerous human food and economic resources.  The awe-inspiring beauty, complexity, and biodiversity in the world’s oceans can still be found across our planet, though diminished.  Science is uncovering that ocean acidification and warming are causing changes in basic processes such as shell formation in marine invertebrates at the base of food chains.  Changes from more localized impacts like the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, are harder to follow but observed by many local beachcombers and surfers including moi.

Our coastal communities with the state and federal governments are engaged in major economic diversification efforts for the reason that remaining a tourism-dependent community leaves us vulnerable (Restore the Gulf).  Human error robs us of the certainty that our oceans and watersheds can provide us the beauty, food, recreation and inspiration that humans have relished for all time.

The Surfrider Foundation in Pensacola has joined the Florida Wildlife Federation campaign (Save our Seas, Beaches and Shores) to place a ban on offshore drilling on the November 2012 ballot.  They need to collect 700,000 verified petitions.  Go to this link to download a petition and fact sheet.

See the Ocean Conservancy for more on the health of our oceans overall and for their reports on the Gulf ecosystems post BP Oil Spill.

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