Earth day is everyday and today we celebrate the doers – those who don’t just talk about a problem, like plastic pollution, but who take action.
From the shores of O’ahu we can tell you plastic is a problem. It’s easy to become numb to the headlines – whales washing ashore, their bellies full of plastic. Then you stroll down a beach and see it. Miles of plastic, from tiny bits to big containers, all lined up.
We can do better.
O’ahu locals like musician Jack Johnson are leaning in.
Jack Johnson’s 2010-2011 To The Sea tour partnered with over 220 non-profit partners to educate fans at every concert about plastic free initiatives, sustainable local food projects, and other environmental issues.
In 2004, Jack Johnson became the 50th member of 1% For The Planet. Johnson’s 2005 release of In Between Dreams became the first album to carry the 1% label and his 2005 world tour promoted the 1% for the planet mission. Cleaning up the beaches while changing consumer behavior and corporate packaging systems (single use plastics) is an ongoing process. On earth day, and everyday, get in the know. Take individual action and check out some of the organizations we love:
Get in the know: Lonely whale
Read up or watch. Check out their impact campaigns. Lonely Whale is an incubator for courageous ideas that drive impactful change on behalf of our ocean. Inspired by the power of community to create the change we need to ensure a healthy planet, we are working towards a new era of radical collaboration, together facilitating the creation of innovative ideas that push the boundary on current trends in technology, media and advocacy that positively impact the health of our ocean.
Take individual action and vote with your wallet for impact: 4Ocean
Rock a bracelet from 4Ocean. Made with recycled materials, every bracelet purchased funds the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. In less than 2 years, 4ocean has removed 4,309,304 pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines.
Contribute to: The Ocean CleanUp
Trash accumulates in 5 ocean garbage patches, the largest one being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between Hawaii and California. If left to circulate, the plastic will impact our ecosystems, health and economies. Solving it requires a combination of closing the source, and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean. Go Boyan go!