Is this a little crazy? Time will tell, but it will be an adventure.
Consuming plastic garbage killed this magnificent, 52ft. sperm whale. Plastics are responsible for the senseless deaths
of countless sea mammals, turtles & birds each year. Floating plastic bags can be mistaken for jellyfish and eaten. Fishnets entangle yet more of these animals, preventing them from reaching the water's
Do I know how to sail? Like all good students, I took a few sailing classes.
I’m excited to report that I’ve been invited to assist with the Microplastics Initiative through Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC). Microplastics are plastic particles smaller than five millimeters in size. These particles pose a massive environmental and human health risk when they enter our waterways. Toxins including DDT and BPA adhere to the particles. These toxins then enter the food chain when ingested by aquatic life and can accumulate in birds, fish, marine mammals, and potentially humans.
Do I own a sailboat? I am the proud owner of a 1989 O'Day 322. A nice little 32' sailboat.
surface to breath. Black water discharge (sewage containing fecal matter & urine), cleaning chemicals and oil are also killers. You can help prevent these deaths by correctly disposing of your garbage, by discharging black water away from reef environments and by using biodegradable cleaning materials whenever possible.
The goal of ASC is to compile a comprehensive microplastics dataset and then using that information to effect change in order to turn off the input of microplastics pollution at their source. To aid in this endeavor I’ll be collecting water samples, sending some of them to ASC, and evaluating others for the presence of microplastics.
It's never too late to plan an adventure.
After 25 years as a middle school science
teacher, I’ve decided to take a one-year
sabbatical & sail throughout the Caribbean.