skipperdude wrote:At out Boat owners Association meeting last nite.
*A presentation was given By Gulf of alaska keeper.*
<h3 class="r">Welcome to Gulf of Alaska Keeper* click here</h3>The question I have for everyone is .
Do you pick up trash when you are out and about?
I plan on getting involved in this issue this summer.
You would be surprised how much of this stuff from all over the world gets washed up on beaches. From plastic drinking bottles (The biggest Culprit) To fishing nets.
I was told net makers are putting tracers in the nets so they can be traced to the country of origin.
If you watch the slide show you will see what I mean.
Skipperdude - I appreciate your starting this thread.* I live this stuff daily, in my life and business.* And, I appreciate the posts that cam in.
WOW You guys are getting right to the point AND, am I awfully glad you are!!
Having been brought up on land and water in and around NY City and LI during 1950 70s... here are a few of my fkd-up memories... just for example.* And, back then this crap was simply accepted bur never appreciated!
1.****** Around age 7, and I recall this very clearly: On a 36 early 1950s Richardson power cruiser, with dad at the helm, heading into Hells Gate to go up into the Hudson River for a boat delivery, dodging pallets, tires, and broken telephone poles in the Gates extreme current; I looked over at the towering retaining walls and noticed some 4 or 5 huge (15 to 20 foof diameter) open conduits with an ugly brown flow streaming out of each like massive bunch of side by side hoses.* I asked pop whats that?* Sewer he says, thats Manhattens raw sewer.* I remember thinking to myself then thats crazy!!* And, yes it truly stunk!
2.****** Aroung age 10: I fell overboard in Freeport harbor one day with button down shirt that had a vest pocket, you are correct there was a big hard turd in my pocket when I climbed back aboard.
3.****** Consistantly: when I hauled up anchor line in Flushing NY (what a name to begin with LOL), around every third to fifth overhand haul Id have to stop and pull off the toilet paper that was wrapped around the line.
4.****** When South shore Power Squadron (that pop belonged to) had some big raft-up in a bay, like the 4<sup>th</sup> O July with 40 boats or more stern to stern tied together with many anchors extended by us kids in dinks it created a vertual enclosed pool between all the opposing transoms... you know, where the kids could swim!!* In 50s / 60s there was only direct-flush toilets around NY... think about it YUCK!!
5.****** We used to go 65 miles off shore to NYs Acid Waters chumming and fishing.* Now, the best days to go there were the days the thousands of fish were hungry, because it had been a day or so since NYs last garbage dump had occurred off the many, many barges.* Yup!!* Thats right the Acid Waters were where ALL of NYs garbage/refuse was dumped for decades, all year every year, when sea conditions permitted!
Now that Ive grossed you and myself out re yesteryear circumstances, and please remember that was truly yesteryear... not today and nothing like tomorrow; Id like to describe the bright light at the end of the 21<sup>st</sup> Century tunnel:
1.****** Human race has become simply too populated due to reasons, that will eventually change and be forced to decrease during the next many decades
2.****** Errant material developments to date created by mature nations will eventually be fully cleaned up and made correct in regard to coinciding with nature, that will occur during the next many decades
3.****** New fuel sources will be fully developed, during the next many decades.* Solar and ambient air will eventually lead the pack, in several unusual ways... youll simply have to believe me I know!
4.****** CO2 overload content in atmosphere and oceans acidic waters will become an extremely valuable net carbon neutral energy-source petrol commodity.* This will result in greatly improved eco-systemic conditions and plentiful combustion fuels
5.****** Third world nations will experience considerably improved societal conditions, because, they will become much employed to assist the developed nations to clean up the mess weve made!* In so doing... those nations development will become greatly expedited
Of course, in order to do all this it starts with commitment to make things better by each and every person.* Just as all we boaters with a brain clearly understand and practice.
Personally, I see a great future for civilization once the human race works through this growth pain bottleneck.* If you were to liken the entire human race to a single entity (in other words one single person), the human race is currently similar a 15 year old boy who just woke up with his first REAL BIG HANGOVER - - > THAT IS, after partying for centuries as he grew and then got real drunk on success, to the point of black-out, during the most recent 150 years! **So... now that the human race is coming out of its stupor from partying too hardy we are all simultaneously realizing weve GOT TO CLEAN UP OUR ACT!* We can do it, and we will... but there will be some huge road bumps as we shake off our party heads and get back into being correct with nature!
The future is bright and getting brighter every day... dont blink, dont look back... forward we go!*
As Vince Lombardi aptly coined: The best defense is a good offence!* In this case of cleaning up our ecosystem mess lets help the U.S mount a Great and Global Environmental Clean-Up... a good and smart offence!
Happy Boating in and on*a Clean Earth! - Art *