Wonderful Waterful Wednesday: Preserving the Blue Frontier

“The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears or the sea.”

–Isak Dineson

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Life evolved in the sea and never really left it. We just took it with us onto land – in our blood, our tears and the amniotic fluid where our days begin. Ocean rhythms flow through every living thing, from the first fish that crawled on land to the first critter that swam through the water and the first bits of matter and energy that came together to make something that would recognize as being alive.

Our lives still depend on the seas. Oceans produce the air we breath and the food we eat. Even the winds that sweep over the globe are fueled by the heat stored in ocean waters.

Isn’t it time we gave something back? That’s what the Blue Frontier Campaign (BFC) is all about.

The Blue Frontier Campaign was founded in 2003 by author and ocean advocate David Helvarg. I encountered Helvarg’s work through his first ocean book: Blue Frontier: Saving America’s Living Seas. Since then he’s written four other books about oceans and the environment: The War Against the Greens, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, Rescue Warriors and Saved by the Sea.

With the Blue Frontier Campaign, Helvarg’s put his time and energy where his words are. BFC emphasizes bottom-up organizing to bring the voice of citizen-activists into decision-making that affects the world oceans.

50 Ways to Save the Ocean

David Helvarg’s new book, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean focuses on practical, easily-implemented actions everyone can take to protect and conserve this vital resource. Here are a few:

1. Go to the Beach
2. Visit an Aquarium
3. Eat organic and vegetarian foods whenever possible
4. If you chose to eat seafood make sure it’s sustainable
5. Grow a natural yard and garden
6. Maintain an earth (and ocean) friendly Driveway. Try a Green Roof.
7. Reduce Toxic Household Pollutants
8. Drive a fuel-efficient car, car pool, or use public transit
9. Don’t use your Storm Drain as a toilet
10. Support Marine Education in our schools

Check it out the rest on the Blue Frontier website, or watch it as a Flickr slideshow here.

Blue Vision Summit: May 20-23, 2011, Washington, DC

BFC’s 2011 Blue Vision Summit will bring together hundreds of “seaweed” (grassroots) activists in Washington, DC learn about the state of the world’s oceans and what citizens can do at the local, state, national, and global levels to protect them.

The first two days will focus on education and planning – Day Three is for action! Seaweed activists will wash over Capitol Hill, flooding their Congressional offices with demands to preserve the oceans today and for future generations.  Don’t worry if you have no experience with that sort of thing – experienced advocates will walk you through the whole lobbying process.

Thanks to my total lack of personal modesty (around other women writers, that is), I have the privilege of being one of the sponsors of the 2011 Blue Vision Summit. (Yes, there’s a story there…) You can find more information and register for the summit here.

Marine Mammals Poster Giveaway

This month’s giveaway is an out-of-print NOAA poster of Marine Mammals of the Western Hemisphere. Every comment left in the month of May equals one entry. Every link or reference to this blog on your site equals two entries. The drawing will be held on the 1st of May, so start your entries now!

A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80): Week Two

My goals for this 80-day writing challenge, which started last week, are described here. My progress during Week Two:

  • Morning pages are going well.  So far I’ve done them every day, and only once in the evening.  This AM I even came up with a story that i;m thinking about entering into a flash fiction contest!
  • Still revising my workshop submission, so the 3000 words a week will have to wait. I’m pretty psyched about the submission piece and plan to enter it into a few contests.
  • I’m blogging on the oceans on Wednesdays and doing ROW updates twice a week, so that’s going well.  I’ll add the Friday post at the beginning of May. Stay tuned!
  • Weekly reading of the Artist’s Way is going strong. Tomorrow is my second artist’s date – I’m very excited!
  • I’m working through Holly Lisle’s How to Think Sideways Course from the beginning, and re-read Lesson One today. Great stuff!

Tune in on Sunday for another update.  In the meantime, check out everyone else’s progress here.

Baring All for the Sea

You KNEW I wouldn’t leave you hanging, right? At a recent party for women writers, I participated in the 2nd Annual “Skinny Dip for Charity.” Each one of us who took the plunge – five in all – raised $1000 for the charity of her choice. Other worthy causes included the Wounded Warriors Project and a local animal shelter.

Danielle Meitiv is an oceanographer by training, an advocate for all things marine and a writer of science fiction and non-fiction. Danielle is also a huge fan and sales affiliate for Holly Lisle’s online courses: How to Think Sideways: Career Survival School for Writers, and How to Revise Your Novel. Follow @Danielle_Meitiv on Twitter, and on Facebook: Brave Blue Words, and Danielle Meitiv.


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