Long-armed Squid

photo: deep-water squid via Okeanos

Compliments of NOAA, from their work, “Exploring Remote Pacific MPAs.” MPA, you ask? They’re the Marine Protected Areas, and many serve as hatcheries that keep the seas populated at healthier levels than would otherwise be likely.

I Am Water – Penelope Cruz

video-frame capture: image of whitewater rapids. Penelope Cruz narrates this beautiful video: I Am Water. Suitable for all ages and all audiences.

This short video features poetically beautiful images of water in many of its forms. Its message concludes by reminding us, “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.” Narrated by Penelope Cruz.

0:04 I am water.
0:07 To humans
0:08 I am simply just there.
0:12 I’m something they just take for granted.
0:17 But there is only so much of me.
0:21 And more and more of them every single … [more…]

10,000 Plastic Bottles and a Mermaid

photo:  mermaid, resting amid a colorful swirl of plastic bottles

“But deep in the back of my mind, one nagging thought remained. How much difference could a series like this possibly make?”
—Von Wong, photographer

In his latest project, Von Wong collects 10,000 plastic bottles to raise awareness for plastic pollution. This is story of how it happened. #mermaidshateplastic

Care to commit? Von Wong hosts a Change.org “Pledge to Re-Use” that you can sign and share.

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She Saved a River. And a City.

photo: Fez, Morocco river before entering the city, and after.

The Fez River winds through the medina of Fez, Morocco — a maze-like medieval city that’s a World Heritage site. Once considered the “soul” of this celebrated city, the river succumbed to sewage and pollution, and in the 1950s was covered over bit by bit until nothing remained. TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni recounts her 20-year effort to restore this river to its former glory, and to transform her city in … [more…]