Did you know that June 8th is Oceans Day – no, no – we’re not talking about Danny Ocean, the fictional character played by the suave and very good looking George Clooney – no its the blue bits on the map which cover over 70% of the world’s surface.
That’s a big chunk of our world and like everything else in this world we are trashing them. Did you know that a plastic island, the size of Africa is floating around in the Pacific Ocean – it consists of our junk. The really sad part is that nobody seems too bothered – its not our problem they say but the truth is we are ALL responsible.
As individuals we must stand up and make our voices heard and there is no better day to do that than today.
Have you been inspired by Roz Savage because we certainly have – respect Ma’am. She is the individual who has now rowed on her own across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. You can read about her exploits by visiting her website www.rozsavage.com
She just landed up in Papua New Guinea having set off from San Francisco on May 25th 2008. She first rowed to Hawaii which took 99 days, a challenging 2,900 miles. Then it was on to Kiribati in the southern Pacific – if you blink once you’ll miss it, even in your 23 foot rowing boat – an awesome 3,158 miles. And the final leg of her journey took her from Kiribati to Madang in PNG , 2,000 miles in just 44 days.
On her arrival in Madang she was met by a crowd of 5,000 people who had turned up to demonstrate their respect for this highly motivated individual.
The photos are from Savage’s website – the above taken during her Atlantic crossing 4 weeks after leaving the Canary Islands, and below having arrived at Chesapeake Bay on the eastern seaboard of the United States.
Below are some of the really shocking facts that she talks about on her website:
- There is a 6:1 ratio of plastic to plankton in the world’s oceans
- Consuming blue fined tuna is like barbequeing giant panda bears
- Ocean plants produce half of the world’s oxygen
- In 40 years from now seafood could be a food of the past
- Ocean acidification is seriously affecting the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide
The next leg of this amazing journey will take her across the Indian Ocean. It is again intended to raise awareness of the perilous condition of 70% of our planet. We laud Roz for her courage, her supreme effort and for the cause she is highlighting.
Isn’t it time that you did something about our oceans – come on we have to act, we have to do something, we have to be responsible, we must be heard.
We will keep you posted on Roz Savage’s Indian Ocean voyage and should you wish to to visit her website click on the following link http://rozsavage.com/