With Dianna Cohen scheduled as the featured speaker for our spring event on April 10th, I’ve been doing some background reading on plastic pollution. While this article isn’t new, it is a good summary of some of the issues. Stayed tuned for photographs coming later this week!
Plastic Breaks Down in Ocean, After All — And FastThough ocean-borne plastic trash has a reputation as an indestructible, immortal environmental villain, scientists announced yesterday that some plastics actually decompose rapidly in the ocean. And, the researchers say, that’s not a good thing. The team’s new study is the first to show that degrading plastics are leaching potentially toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A into the seas, possibly threatening ocean animals, and us.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! 2012 is going to be an exciting year for W2O!
We hope you and your husband or partner can join us for a special Valentine’s Day Dinner. Space is very limited so please send off your checks to W2O as soon as possible. (See the attached Save the Date!)
On April 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM at the New England Aquarium’s IMAX Theatre Dianna Cohen from Plastics Pollution Coalition (http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org/) will be speaking about plastics in the oceans and our lives. This presentation is not to be missed — Dianna is AMAZING and what she has to tell you is important for our children and our planet!
Last week, we had the most incredible experience at Aka Bistro in believe-it-or-not Lincoln, MA! We had a chance to talk with the chef/owners, and we were so excited to hear they are completely committed to serving sustainable seafood! Plus, they are totally committed to serving locally grown produce. There was a very cool buzz in the room about eating to preserve our environment. I had mussels steamed in white wine. We also devoured sauteed rainbow trout amandine. YUM! Oh…right and we shared a delicous bottle of wine! For a suburban restaurant, Aka was cozy and funky– a great space to dine!
The Boston Globe hired the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph to test the DNA of fish to determine their species. Search results from individual stores and restaurants. Search your local stores and restaurants here.
On October 4, 2011 – Dartmouth College students in the ENVS 17: Marine Policy class journeyed to the New England Aquarium in order to observe the ecological systems they read about for class and to interact with oceans experts from many different fields. They were lucky to be able to join the group Women Working for the Oceans (W2O) for an IMAX presentation by National Geographic photo-journalist Brian Skerry.
As part of the learning process, students were required to write a short essay on what they learned from the visit related to either oceans ecosystems or sustainable seafood. Their essays along with pictures from the day are posted here.