Turning the Tide: An Art Project

Welcome to the official website of Turning the Tide, an ocean conservation organization.

Turning the Tide is addressing the  problem of lack of ocean awareness on the issues of dead zones and plastic pollution. To battle this deficit, this organization is using art of all forms, making those problems the prime subjects. Painting, photography, writing, sketching, film, and any other creative arts will be used to raise awareness for the effect of pollution on the marine environment.

Currently, the ocean is facing several dangers—pollution, oil spills, climate change, and more are all hammering down on one of the greatest resources. The target of Turning the Tide is narrowed down to mainly pollution, which is not only destroying some of the beauty of the beaches but contributing to deaths of species all around the globe. The National Ocean Service states that over 70% of the planet is covered in water, which shows that wherever pollution originates, it can have an effect on the planet. The mission of Turning the Tide is to educate the public about the effects of plastic litter abuse, animal agriculture, and overfishing as well.

While Turning the Tide mainly targets pollution, the problem of overfishing must also be addressed. Astounding numbers of fish get caught in nets or are discarded as by-kill. This is destroying a large part of the ocean as well—the life beneath its very waves.

Through many methods, most prominently social media, Turning the Tide endeavors to capture its readers and watchers through one of the farthest-stretching words in our language—art. Using litter as art and making it a highlight of the organization, Turning the Tide will be raising awareness on how even trash can be beautiful when properly disposed of. By making pollution and overfishing a subject in the art, Turning the Tide will be targeting those problems, too.

Turning the Tide looks to raise awareness not only about these particular issues of the oceans, but the beauty that exists of this incredible world beneath the waves.

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Call – A Poem

Into the shore,

Form of waves.

Currents that tore,

But life that saves.

Blue that fills,

Stories to bring.

Clash of wills,

But whales that sing.

Mountains that tower,

Canyons that fall,

 

The ocean faces challenges every hour,

But we can answer the call.

Biking a Marathon for Ocean Pollution Awareness

I took to the bike on New Year’s Eve to raise awareness about the effects of ocean pollution. For more information on that, read on below. My goal was to bike a marathon, or a little over 26 miles. The track was a local block that was 0.5 miles long. So, 53 laps were needed for the race. One Day One, I biked 26 laps.

The remaining 27 were to be biked on Day Two. Here following is video coverage of the event. Enjoy!

Why I Biked the Marathon

I biked this marathon to raise attention to the dangers of ocean pollution. When I say “ocean pollution”, I am terming several obstacles threatening the ocean’s welfare.

Perhaps the most well-known pollution is plastic pollution. Not only does this litter clutter the beaches and oceans, many of the elements within them are harmful to organisms who ingest them. Plastic can break down into micro-plastics, which allow the damage to be spread out, harder to see, and even more deadly. Participating in beach cleanups, taking car of your own trash, and using biodegradable products are steps that can be taken to turn the tide on plastic pollution.

Less mentioned is agricultural pollution. Pesticides and animal waste can cause algae blooms and dead zones. They have been connected as a possible catalyst of red tides. While this pollution is deadly, it is not discussed as often. Learning more about the problem and raising awareness on the issue with others are good starting steps to working on agricultural pollution.

Sources:
https://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/march16/gulf-030905.html
http://plastic-pollution.org/
https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-and-effects-of-agricultural-pollution.php
http://www.northeastern.edu/rugglesmedia/2017/02/08/plastic-pollution-and-our-oceans-what-everyone-should-know/

When We Reflect…

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I took this photo while my family drove by Lake Ontelaunee in Berks County, Pennsylvania, a year or so ago. Truly, this shot encapsulates the clear, glistening water of the lake as it marvelously reflects the trees which peek over its banks.

In similarity, when we reflect on the impact we’ve inflicted on the ocean, and the life which inhabits its watery ecosystem, the prospects are certainly not favorable, but are reversible. Every action we take today to rid the Earth of unnecessary pollution- whether it be as simple as recycling one plastic bottle or as challenging as cleaning-up the remnants of an oil spill- ultimately can result in change for the future of all ocean life.

Upon reflecting, the damage already done cannot be fully undone, but the downward trend can be reversed. May we all continue to “Turn the Tide” in our individual communities, so that as a result, the arms of repair throughout the world, can combat the ever-increasing threats presented to oceans.