5 days ago
Where is your happy place? Mine is the beach! Living in Florida, one would think I go to the beach pretty often. However, I only make it out there a few times a year. And it’s only 15 minutes away! This past year, I wasn’t able to go sometimes because of the algae blooms which closed the beaches. Algae blooms create toxins in water that can harm humans upon contact. Humans can even get sick from breathing air near algae blooms. Algae blooms occur when pollution, sunlight, warm water, and blue-green algae come together, createing toxic green water. It looks like the color of Shrek’s skin...ick!
Algae blooms are not the only problem our oceans and waterways face. Microplastics, plastic pollution, and overfishing also cause the deaths of many sea animals. Fish, birds, whales, turtles, sharks, and even coral reefs are affected by our overconsumption and use of single use plastics. This in turn affects millions of people who live near polluted waterways and consume fish/shellfish and develop health problems as a result.
If you’re feeling eco anxiety/fatigue, a good way to recharge is to watch documentaries that remind you of why you care and why you’re choosing to live more sustainably. The documentaries I recommend include:
1. Mission Blue (Netflix)
2. Chasing Coral (Netflix)
3. Before the Floor (Netflix)
4. Chasing Ice (Netflix)
5. Tales by Light (Netflix)
6. The Blue Planet (Netflix)
7. A Plastic Ocean (Netflix) I’ll probably be adding to this list as time goes by and feel free to recommend more to me! Thank you for reading and being green! 🙏🏽 at Florida International University - Biscayne Bay Campus