Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean

Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean

According to the The Independent Co., there are 500 times more pieces of microplastic in the sea than there are stars in our galaxy. By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans.

The only solution to stop this fatal malady is to reduce, if not totally stop, our consumption of the material. It sounds absurd—impossible, even, because which part of our daily lives does not even involve it? Plastic is uncontrollable. But maybe, hopefully, a little tweak in our lifestyle can bring hope to our ocean.


Don’t chew that gum

Polyethylene and Polyvinyl Acetate—synthetic rubber, is the main ingredient of most chewing gums in the market. It is not food. Chewing it is literally chewing on plastic. Not only it is toxic to your body, but it is also harmful for the environment.

Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean


#LastStraw

Instead of using plastic straws, why not purchase one of those stainless steel ones. Some of them also come with a little brush specialized to clean its insides—hygienic still, right?

Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean


Bring a tumbler

You can save million of marine lives by simply bringing your own water bottle. Skip buying bottled beverages. Not only you are saving yourself from extra sugar and chemicals, you are also saving mother earth.

Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean


No to products with microbeads

Stop using beauty products, household cleaners, and especially sunscreens that contain microbeads. Filters of water plants cannot capture them because they are too tiny. So, they end up being dumped into the sea—eaten by fish and oysters that are later on served on your dinner plate.

Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean


Yes to potluck

Switch to reusable stainless or glass containers. Instead of buying food in plastic packages, better to pack home food. Or if you are really craving for fast-food, tell the food counter attendant to just put your food on your reusable box.

Plastic Pollution: Fatal Malady of the Ocean


 

Just Breathe Better Underwater

Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali

Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali

Still undecided where your next diving destination will be? Make your diving experience exciting in Bali! Let me share with you the five reasons why I chose Bali for my advanced adventurer diving course.


It is considered as the world’s richest diving destination

Bali, also known as the Island of the Gods or Morning of the World, offers you not just the natural beauty of the island, but also fun diving sites to explore. It has a tropical, humid, warm weather that is perfect for tourists. The thrilling part in here is that Bali offers you different diving sites! Go to the northern part of Bali and you’ll see the wonders of Pemuteran and Menjangan Island. If you opted to go south of Bali, then Tulamben and Nusa Penida dive sites got you.

Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali


Travel experience has never been this affordable.

Whether you are in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Dubai, or Singapore, you can visit the beautiful Bali! Huge thanks to few budget-friendly airlines that offer direct flights to Bali. If it is your first time, there are also organized private tours around in Bali. It will take you to different must-see places around the area. Book your trips now!

Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali


It offers you cool wreck diving experience.

Make your Bali dive thrilling by going on their famous shipwrecks! With its hidden mysteries underwater, take your cameras out as the famous Liberty Shipwreck captures you with its beauty. Wreck diving is perfect for advanced divers as its depth ranges from 30 to 40 meters deep. Japanese Shipwreck in Amed, the new attractions Kubu Wreck, and Bogo Wreck, are some of the wonderful wrecks Bali has to offer.

Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali


Stunning marine lives underwater

What makes the diving experience exciting and fun is because of the lovely marine creatures underwater. You may have the chance to see the superstar animals: Mola-mola and Manta Rays! Dive deeper and you may catch the wonderful White-Tip Shark, Black-Tip Shark, and the Gray Reef Shark! Bumphead Parrotfish, Tuna, Napoleon Wrasse, Cuttlefish are some animals you might see underwater. Be mesmerized as nudibranchs, colorful corals and reefs will welcome you.

Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali


Bali is rich in its culture

At the northern coast of Bali, snorkeling can be experienced in here while surfing is more exciting in the southeast or southwest coast of Bali. Looking for an alternative in diving? Try trekking in Mount Batur as it also has breathtaking garden and waterfalls. Beach clubs, bars, and restaurants will also satisfy your hunger and you can have the chance to taste the delicious Indonesian cuisine Balinese people prepared.

Why I Took My Advanced Adventurer Diving Course in Bali


The Island of Gods is waiting for you. Make a move and plan your next diving course in Bali! Witness the beauty of this island and make your trip memorable. See you in Bali!

Plastic Patches in the Pacific Ocean

Swirling slowly in the oceans of planet Earth are HUGE Patches of PLASTIC. Larger than many countries, all because plastic is not biodegradable.

Ew. Let’s stop using plastic for now, until someone somewhere comes up with a biodegradable sort, one that won’t be doing so much damage.

Sustainable Advertising

Going Green is nothing new to us and has become an very common lingo for promotion,

So how many of us is really going green?

New concepts come up everyday, this is one that I’ve came across and i find that this is actually very related top our daily working life, being sustainable is the key if not going back to the dark ages would work too,

haha.. lots of us want to be green being human, luxuries are what we tend to go for,

In our working environment, we often do lots of adverting and there’s no choice abt it,

As Advertising works :) No point denying it as it does work, But how to do it without impacting Mother nature, that would be the key, and this gentleman in Bali has done it in an very nice way,

for me, I’ll be trying to grow some bamboo in the next few months if any results, I’ll be giving bamboo plants away , I’ll keep everyone posted

Cheers for now,

Choon

Trying to save the environment, 1 aluminum can at a time….

Its funny how in this environmentally conscious era, we in Singapore remain largely ignorant about saving the environment. Oh yes, there have been various government campaigns on recycling, using cfc free products, keeping our environment clean (I can still sing the cheesy jingle from the keeping the river clean ad! Yes.. the one with the frog backpaddling in the filthy Singapore River..) etc, but the general population has chosen to ignore the evidence put forth in our faces. What with movies on saving the sharks, end of the world and Discovery Channel, haven’t we had enough brains and time to realize that we are slowly killing ourselves?

It is evident in the insane weather that we have been experiencing in the past years that global warming has indeed begun to show very real effects on the common people. Many of us might not be able to process the melting of the snow caps and giant icebergs in the North Pole as having any impact on us, but now you can feel it in the intense heat when you’re out for a walk, in the numerous hurricanes that have devastated the thousands around the world and many more disasters to come.

You know, being typical Singaporeans, we are always depending on the government to come up with campaign and solutions to our problem, what we should really learn is an example from the Japanese who has a reputation of being passive aggressive, adopted this very effective method of getting their residents to go green. In this particular prefecture, there was an initiative set out that all residents trash has to be separated for recycling efforts, if one household does not comply, the entire block’s trash does not get picked up for a week. If it continues, the entire condo’s trash does not get picked up, then the entire street’s. It relies on peer pressure and the Asian mentality of not “losing face”. It has proven to be very effective!

Now, I’m no Captain Planet and I’m not one of the tree huggers who goes all hippy chick about greenpeace, but I like to think that I do my little bit for the sake of not having to burn in hell on earth in the near future (You do know that one day its all gonna burst into flames and roast us like well seasoned Nandos chicken right?…) Well firstly, in my household, we separate our trash into Glass, paper and plastics, at my café, I collect all the aluminum drink cans and give them to the cleaners who makes money from them by selling them to the recycling plant (see! Someone is benefitting already!!) I recycle my old clothes by giving them away to friends, who then in turn pass them on to relatives or their helpers and on and on.

While its all fine and dandy that we’re doing our part but what I really think we need is a collaborated effort to make recycling more convenient, because right now for example, where would we be able to take our trash after its all separated? Its not convenient to be lugging around a big bag of beer bottles to the recycling plant up in Sembawang or down to the 3 big colourful trash bins along Orchard Road… Not glam at all…….. Its fine for those living in condos, but in most estates, its really not easy to find the recycling bins.

So dear Singaporeans, lets do what we do best, complain to the govt to pressure them to put up more recycling bins, do your part by sorting your trash, turning off the bladdy aircon and lights when you’re not in the room and the next time you think of using that extra piece of toilet paper, think again… use water.. wisely….

This better be the last of it

Injured whale shark dies on Malaysia Shore : Associated Press : 3 Jan 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: A rare 23-foot-long (7-meter-long) whale shark got entangled in a fishing net off Malaysia’s northwest coast and was towed to shore but died due to injuries, local media reported Saturday.

Fisherman Key Chai Yang told the New Straits Times newspaper that it took two hours to tow the two-ton shark, known as a Rhincodon Typus, to land after it got entangled in his fishing net early Friday.

He said the shark was still alive when it reached shore in northern Penang state in Malaysia’s northwest, but it died shortly after from the multiple cuts it suffered from the propeller blades under his boat.

“I have never seen such a gigantic shark in my 30 years as a fisherman,” Key was quoted as saying.

A huge crowd turned up to see the carcass of the shark, which was later sent to the state fisheries department, the report said.

Fishery officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Rhincodon Typus, the largest fish in the world, can be found in warm tropical seas. The leviathan, which has distinctive white spots over its dark gray body, can grow as long as of 65 feet (20 meters) and live up to 70 years.

Photo from the New Straits Times

Malaysian fishermen face fine over shark catch : Associated Press : 4 Jan 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Four Malaysian fishermen could be fined for not releasing a protected 23-foot-long (7-meter-long) whale shark they caught by accident, local media reported Sunday.

They towed the 2.2 ton (2 metric ton) juvenile whale shark, known as a Rhincodon Typus, to shore after it got entangled Friday in their nets off the coast of northern Penang state.

It died shortly after from the multiple cuts it suffered from the propeller blades.

Penang Fisheries Department director Mohamad Najib Ramli told the Sunday Star newspaper the four men should have immediately released the shark since it was a protected species.

They questioned the fishermen and sent their statements to the department’s legal unit for further action, he said.

Ramli didn’t say how much they could be fined and fisheries officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

One of the fishermen, Key Chai Yang, told the New Straits Times newspaper the shark was still alive when it reached shore but it succumbed shortly after to its injuries.

The Rhincodon Typus, the largest fish in the world, can be found in warm tropical seas. The leviathan, which has distinctive white spots over its dark gray body, can grow as long as 65 feet (20 meters) and live up to 70 years.

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There is clearly still a lot to be done with regards to educating the general population about the endangered marine species present in our oceans.

One rule of thumb though , if you’ve never seen it before , it’s huge and odd looking, chances are it’s rare , don’t mess around with it. Sheesh.

Sustainability

The talk about sustainability is nothing new. We hear about sustainable living and changing the way we live and our mindsets to take the environment into consideration going about our daily routine, but honestly speaking, it’s not easy. There are many times, you would be tempted into taking the simpler way out and just slip back to your old ways to take that plastic bag you don’t really need or leave the lights on, leave the power switch on the entire night even when it’s not use – appliances on standby can consume up to 60% energy – so how sustainable are our actions towards sustainability ? What is it that keeps you going ? To continue to champion and believe in the green cause ?

Fresh from a diving trip in Sipadan in East Malaysia, it was a timely reminder of the things worth fighting for. The legislation enacted to conserve the marine environment at Sipadan was well worth it when you enter the water and be able to immediately see the vast difference in the vibrant marine and coral life compared to other dive sites. The massive schools of barracudas, vast groups of jacks and bump-head parrot fishes was something i believe one would never see if not for the conservation efforts.

 

It was an experience to be shared. Not just within friends , but these were experience to be shared across generations. These were stories to be told for all ages and while we are fortunate enough to be able to experience these stories , i shudder to think that some years down the road, a fellow diver might tell me that the bump-head parrot fish or the green turtle is an elusive marine creature only to be found in reference books. It’s a scary thought , but it might just be reality. We have already seen species become increasingly decimated and to let this continue would be a grave grave mistake.

It is not enough perhaps then, to just sit behind desk and think you know what is going in the world, you have to go out and see it for yourself, you have to go out and smell and taste it and experience it and from that experience , realize that it’s something worth sharing , something worth treasuring and preserving for all times.

A Matter of Communication?

In the face of all the scientific data and information that we have in relation in the global warming and going green, it’s rather amusing that we are not changing the way we lead out lives. Not big changes , those take time, but making little changes like switching off the lights when you’re done or not using that plastic bag from the supermarket . So perhaps,  the reason why people are not getting message across is how the message is being communicated.

The advertising campaign above took place in the canals of Amsterdam. What better way to attract attention about the rising sea-levels ?

My question is then , how do you think is the best way to reach out to Singaporeans ? The last thing Singaporeans want to do is to be lectured and when the government steps in , it only means more money (see your electricity bills) . What ideas do you have ?

Taiji’s Annual Dolphin Horror Exposed

Annual killing of dolphin captured on film..

“Captured dolphins were filmed writhing in pain as Taiji whalers speared them repeatedly or cracked their spines with spiked weapons. Stricken dolphins are also shown thrashing about wildly, blood pouring from their wounds until they finally succumbed.”

Know your Global Warming – Carbon Sinks

It is not uncommon to hear about the many misconceptions that are circulating around the talk about Global Warming – my personal favourite being how the increased amount of carbon dioxide in the air is creating a hole in the ozone layer – but fact is, while we are slowly adapting our way of life to reduce our ecological footprint , it is not enough to just do . We need to constantly educate ourselves and understand why we do the things we do. We need to understand the impact of our actions and find that singular point of contention and change it into a motivating force to ensure that our commitment towards sustainability is in fact, sustainable.

The first question is the ask , how then , has global warming affected the environment around you? As a diver, the question inevitably goes back to the oceans. We already know about the dangers of rising sea-levels, but the impact of global warming goes beyond just that, it alters the entire marine bio-diversity in our waters.

The oceans are the world’s largest natural carbon sinks making it an integral part of the natural cycle of carbon sequestration from the atmosphere. The other natural carbon sinks include our forests and jungles which, via photosynthesis, remove carbon dioxide from the air. The ocean dissolves and absorbs the carbon dioxide from the air, removing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. Currently, approximately one-third of the carbon emissions are estimated to be entering the oceans.

So , this is technically a good thing isn’t it? Less carbon dioxide in the air, less melting ice-caps, slower temperature changes and etc, but what about our oceans ? What happens to all the carbon dioxide underwater ? . Let’s go back to simple chemistry, when you add carbon dioxide to water, you get carbonic acid. Carbonic acid in turn, affects that pH level of the ocean, giving rise to what is commonly known as the acidification of the ocean.

Acidification of the ocean. The term itself makes one uncomfortable and could even make you think twice before you take your next dive. Don’t worry, you don’t have to worry about your wet-suits corroding. What carbonic acid does is that dissolves the calcium carbonates needed by corals and seashell-forming organisms to make their hard exteriors. imperiling our entire coral reefs and the primary level of the undersea food chain. The overall consequence for all marine life – fish, corals, mollusk and more – could be profound. So really , no worry at all eh ?

Presently, this is not the only threat to our marine bio-diversity. Amongst many other things, our global fisheries are on the verge of collapse from extensive over-fishing as the demand for seafood continue to rocket. For those of us who have witnessed the gradual degradation of our reefs can testify that we urgently need to do something before our oceans become devoid of marine life.

This would be the part where one would normally expound on the various ways to reduce one’s ecological footprint, but we already know what needs to be done. So , start crackin’

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