Wednesday, August 31, 2011

BPA FREE BOTTLE, WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

You've read the heading, and I'm sure your wondering what is BPA? Or more to the point what is BPA free?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a controversial chemical that can be found in the lining of food cans, certain water bottles and more. Some researchers and scientists have linked the hormone-mimicking chemical to a number of issues including behavioral and developmental effects in kids.

A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised further concerns regarding exposure of fetuses, infants and young children. In September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA as a toxic substance. In the Europe and Canada, BPA use is banned in baby bottles!
This is not a push to buy BPA free bottles, but we do have this blog to bring awareness to issues that we care about and explain things in a way that people understand.
Have you listened to Florence & The Machine below? Their amazing!




Florance + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me



If you don't get goosebumps from this then you ain't got skin and you need see someone about that...

The song is about Virginia Woolf who drowned herself in a river at the beginning of world war two. At least, I think it was world war two. The song is named after a Frida Kahlo painting called 'What the water gave me'. The song is quite philosophical referring to life and our main element that gives and takes life.



Save The Waves Benefit...


We realize that not all of you are in the Southern California area, but we wanted to let you know about an exciting upcoming STW event in Santa Monica. Please forward this invitation to any friends and family that live in the area and may be interested in joining us on Saturday September 24th for:
 
Beach & Bonfire Bash at The Beach Club
  • Santa Monica, California 
  • A Benefit For Save The Waves Coalition
  • Hosted by Kevin Hillyer & Tanna Frederick/Project Save Our Surf
  • Saturday, September 24th, 8pm – midnight
  • Live Reggae / Beach Bonfire on the Sand / Wave Saver Cocktails
(Includes Hosted Bar & Appetizers + One-year STW Membership)

For more info or to support check out the
Save The Waves website  or contact info@savethewaves.org

*We hope you’ll join us for a festive evening celebrating coastal environmentalism, while raising funds for Save The Waves Coalition and their World Surfing Reserves initiative!
 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

1% for the Planet Launches Ambassador Program

Diverse Collection of Individuals Unite to Help Elevate Awareness of Sustainability Issues and ‘Keep Earth in Business’ 

08.29.2011– Waitsfield, VT -- What do a beer-brewing CEO, a racecar driver, an artist, a media mogul, a pro-surfer, and a musician have in common? Several things, actually: They live under one sky, share one playground and are all committed to sustainability and giving back through the 1% for the Planet Ambassador Program.

Today, 1% for the Planet, a global network of businesses that invest at least 1% of their sales in organizations focused on sustainability, is pleased to introduce its new ambassadors. The 1% Ambassadors are a diverse group of business-leaders, athletes, artists and activists who are integrating the 1% for the Planet message into their daily lives to help broaden awareness for our global movement. Designed to give influential people a powerful platform to make a difference, the 1% for the Planet Ambassador Program seeks to elevate awareness of sustainability issues while building bridges between corporate and non-profit leaders to keep earth in business.

Our Ambassadors span all walks of life and many divergent professions, including CEOs, media, artists, musicians and even race car drivers. They hold a common core-belief that businesses have the power and responsibility to create reliable prosperity for the planet by investing in sustainability projects with the non-profits partners in the 1% global network. To view all of 1%’s Ambassador profiles please visit the 1% website here.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have an all-star team of 1% Ambassadors who
understand that it’s time for business to move beyond “doing less harm” by committing to making on-going investments in “doing good” for the planet,” said Terry Kellogg 1% for the Planet CEO. “Our ambassadors are a diverse group of business-leaders, athletes, artists and activists who are integrating the 1% for the Planet message into their daily lives to broaden awareness for our global movement.”

1% for the Planet has experienced remarkable growth in recent years and in fact, is fast on the way to becoming the largest network of environmental funders on the planet. Adding the Ambassador Program to it’s mix is a central part of efforts to broaden the personality and character of the 1% brand and to scaling the entire 1% movement.

The complete list of 1% Ambassadors includes:
 

  1. Kris Holm extreme unicyclist, geo-scientist, Vancouver, BC
  2. Julie Gilhart green-fashionista, consultant, New York, NY
  3. Stu Bowen surfer, eco-entrepreneur, Yamba, Australia
  4. Chase Jarvis artist, photographer, film-maker, musician, Seattle, WA
  5. Leilani M√ľnter race car driver, public speaker, Charlotte, NC
  6. Alex Hillinger digital media entrepreneur, Jackson Hole, WY
  7. Dan Ross pro surfer, Yamba, Australia
  8. Jack Johnson musician, surfer, Oahu, HI
  9. Maya Albanese sustainability expert, New York, NY
  10. Zach Crist extreme skier, Sun Valley, ID
  11. Chris Keyes writer, editor, VP of Outside Magazine, Santa Fe, NM
  12. Penn Newhard PR and media specialist, Basalt, CO
  13. Kim Jordan beer brewer, entrepreneur, CEO New Belgium, Fort Collins, CO
  14. Sara Lingafelter social media entrepreneur, Rock-climber, Seattle, WA
  15. Reggie Crist extreme skier, living wherever snow falls, Planet Earth
  16. Terry Kellogg 1% for the Planet CEO, Waitsfield VT

About 1% for the Planet 

1% for the Planet exists to build and support an alliance of companies financially committed to creating a healthy planet. Launched by Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard in late 2002, 1400+ 1% member companies can now be found in 44 countries around the world. 1% members give at least 1% of their revenues (top line sales) directly to non-profit organizations focused on issues of sustainability. For more information or to get involved please visit our website.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Amazing Images from Tahiti..

Check out these beautiful and scary images of Tahiti being shot with "The Phantom Camera".



This next clip, words can't describe it, explain it, it's just beyond even surfing..... One of Fresh Mullets mates Laurie Towner was a stand out. The man has a huge heart and seemed to almost smile his way through the whole thing.
We'll try and get an interview for FM in the coming days....


CODE RED TAHITI - Yamba Style


Dan Ross & Kendall O'Brien after the Laurie Towner bomb..!

Kendall O'Brien, Laurie Towner & Dan Ross flying the flag... Yew..!

Mark Occhilupo compares apples with Laurie Towner

Sunday, August 28, 2011

CODE RED Tahiti Pro 2011 - Tow Session Highlights...



TEAHUPO'O, Taiarapu/French Polynesia (Saturday, August 27, 2011) -- The surf world has been waiting and now the wait is over; some of the biggest, scariest waves seen at Tahiti's infamous Teahupo'o have been tackled today by an elite crew of tow-surf specialists.

Teahupo'o is the primary site of Event 5 on the 2011 ASP Men's World Tour, the Billabong Pro presented by Air Tahiti Nui, which is midway through its 12 day waiting period, yet the world's top rated surfers were denied the opportunity to compete in historic conditions after the French Government last night issued a 24 hour "Code Red" advisory warning that prevents water craft from legal operation.

But with the 'swell of the decade' hitting the dangerous Teahupo'o reef, nothing was going to stop the tow-in aficionados who tracked the swell and flew in from all corners of the globe to ride it. With four-to-five metre waves slamming onto Teahupo'o's dangerously shallow reef, surfing's elite put their lives on the line as they chased the ultimate thrill.

Among those in the line-up were fearless Australian chargers Dylan Longbottom (Forrester's, NSW), Laurie Towner (Yamba, NSW), Dean Bowen (Gerroa, NSW), Koby Abberton (Maroubra, NSW) and Dean Morrison (Gold Coast, Qld).

Visiting Hawaiian surfers included Bruce Irons (Kauai), Kamelai Alexander (Kauai) and Kalanai Chapman (Oahu).

While Frenchman Ben Sanchis (FRA) and Californian Nathan Fletcher (USA) also made the last minute trip to the South Pacific.

Injuries were inevitable. Local legend Raimana Van Bastolaer (PYF) was among the first to get hurt, he was slammed and dragged onto the reef, cutting his back despite wearing a wetsuit vest and life jacket.

Former world tour surfer Dean Morrison was forced to shore and received medical attention for an ankle injury.

Assuming the French Government lifts the "Code Red" ban, organisers of the Billabong Pro hope to resume competition with Round 3 heats tomorrow, Sunday August 28th.

An interactive journey through climate change...


Wow,,, one of the most comprehensive and compelling looks deep into the reality of our climatic situation with some very interesting potential outcomes...

Here's the link ABC Interactive Timeline and an overview and instructions below

Introduction

This timeline has been developed to show key events in the climatic history of the planet, alongside events in human history.
As our own existence is momentary in comparison with the Earth's, in this interactive the measure of time has been separated into epochs to help navigate and differentiate the enormously lengthy periods between the formation of Earth, around 4.5 billion years ago, through to the present day.
When the timeline first loads, you will be dropped in at 2009, looking back in time. To move through an epoch, click and drag the time arrow. To move from one epoch to another, simply click on their titles.
As you rollover icons, a summary description of their content will appear; click the icons to explore their content further.
Icons represent data sets divided into categories and these are represented in the toolbar at the bottom of the road. Click on their representation to filter their visibility.
The events that appear throughout the timeline are intended to introduce you to the greater scope of research and context that exists outside this summary. Please follow the links that are provided in the short descriptions of events, for further information. Whilst the ABC cannot guarantee the accuracy of information external to the timeline, we have endeavoured to provide accurate and relevant links wherever possible.

The Epochs

There are over 180 entries in the timeline. Below are a handful of examples that appear throughout the epochs:

Modern - 2009 to 1900

In 1958, Dave Keeling's work on the measurement of atmospheric CO2 levels produced one of the best-known graphs of the climate change debate: the 'Keeling Curve'.
The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo was the most violent eruption for 80 years and the millions of tonnes sulphur aerosols released cooled the Earth by 0.4 degrees C.

Industrial - 1900 to 1750

In 1796, Edward Jenner administers the first vaccination against Small Pox. Improvements in medicine (vaccines, sanitation, antibiotics) over the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries contributed to a decrease in the death rates in many parts of the world, which in turn contributed to an increase in human population size.
Karl Benz designed and built one of the first cars to run on an internal combustion engine. It went into production in 1888. By 1900, automobiles were being produced all around the world.

Holocene - 1750 to Last 10,000 Years

5,400 years ago, Cuneiform, the earliest writing system is established.
4,700 years ago, the Minoan culture formed in Crete, which is then devastated out 1,100 years later by the Thera Eruption, one of the largest volcanic events in recorded history.
Also, 800 years ago, Vikings inhabit Greenland, with settlements that endure seven centuries.

Deep Time - 4.5 Billion Years Ago

During this epoch, the first organisms formed - it is estimated they were primitive single-celled creature that appeared about 3 billion years ago.
530 million years ago, the fossil record suddenly reveals an extraordinary rise in quantity and diversity of life forms, known as The Cambrian Explosion.
Also look out for the K-T boundary, which 65 million years ago, marked a period of mass extinction, including the dinosaurs.

The Future

Four scenarios present possible ways in which societies could evolve as we move through the century.

TOW SESSION - Live Webcast - Watch Now...



http://billabongpro.com/tahiti11/live-gb/

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Kimbra - Good Intent...




Multiple Kimbras, guys in suits and a subtle nod to Michael Jackson is what you get in the new video for Kimbra's tune 'Good Intent'. It's the third single lifted from her debut album Vows which is coming out next week, and here is your exclusive first look at the film clip for 'Good Intent'.

Sick, I'll have 3 please...

Boy & Bear - Milk & Sticks..



Music video by Boy & Bear performing Milk & Sticks. (C) 2011 Boy & Bear Pty Ltd

This song has grown on me for so many reasons... especially as its like 3 songs rolled into 1

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I CAN"T WAIT...TAHITI IS GOING TO GO OFF!


Is it just me, or is the Tahiti contest the most anticipated sporting event a surfer is ever going to witness?
This is it, its like the perfect storm, we've got 3 to 4 days of swell with double over head surf for the 1st day, then it just get bigger and bigger and bigger.
Who would want to be a pro in Tahiti right now? Not me...Its got to be a serious head F*%K, the mental side of this comp is something that no one has spoken about but the air must be thick at the end of the road tonight, thick with the smell of some guys shiting themselves..
And for us.... Well, we've got the internet, we've got every heat live, every wipe out on-line and we've got 32 surfers that have to go out and not only prove to themselves that they can take off, but also show us they can throw them selves over the ledge!
Bring it on mullets, this is the 1st time its really happened with the internet and T.V streaming it live, its exciting, I just hope no one get seriously hurt.


DAn Ross and Mick Fanning Film School..

Untitled from Daniel Ross on Vimeo.

charitywater.org - The 2011 September Campaign.


The 2011 September Campaign. Our 5-year-anniversary video from charity: water on Vimeo.

In five years, you've helped us fund more than 4,000 projects that will serve over two million people around the world with clean and safe drinking water. Because of your generosity, some of our partners are now working at full capacity. To keep growing, we need to give them the equipment they need to drill even more wells each year.

Join us by starting a campaign on mycharitywater.org. 100% of what you raise or give during the September Campaign will help us buy a new drilling rig fleet that can to provide clean water for 40,000 more people each year in Northern Ethiopia. We're turning five -- help us go faster.

Join us here: charitywater.org/​september

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Footage: Paul Pryor and charity: water
Edit: Paul Pryor, paulpryorfilm.com
music: Sleeping at Last - sleepingatlast.com
sound mix: The Rumor Mill - therumormill.com
3D graphics: Phillipp + Konstantin Datz - dribbble.com/​philippdatz
motion graphics: Geoff Schultz - g-off.com
special thanks to RED GIANT software - redgiantsoftware.com

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tahiti thru the lens of Dan Ross...

A lay has been called at the Billabong Pro in Tahiti for the third consecutive day with contest organisers stalling the competition until the forecast big waves hit the infamous Teahupoo break in the next couple of days...  Which gives DR time to soak up & share the paradise...

What SUP..! Little Grommy on his 6'8x 17 pin tail paddleboard  :)











Chopes from the judges tower
Rock, Scissors Paper - Tahiti Style... 
  Gas - (Short for i dunno what!) is such a good guy - a full on local , he was telling
 me about the land and how they go pig hunting in the mountains behind us here.
He's worked as security for as long as the event has run,
 easy to see why haha.


Water Patrol!
these guys are incredible ski drivers -  flat chat - dodging coral heads-
they know the reef so well!
Busy boys the next few days :)



What a king!


Plastic - polluting our bodies,,, polluting our dreams...



TEDx Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic Pollution in Our Bodies

Ken Cook, president of www.ewg.org, speaks of the toxic chemicals leaching into our bodies from plastic containers, plastic packaging and plastic pollution

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local,
self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like
experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine
to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local,
self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently
organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for
the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
(Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Goyte - State of the Art...



From: gotyemusic  | Aug 13, 2011  | 7,207 views

Film clip for the Gotye song State Of The Art, from the album Making Mirrors

Directed and animated by Greg Sharp & Ivan Dixon at Rubber House

Music credits:
Produced by Wally De Backer
Mixed by Francois Tetaz, assisted by Wally at Moose Mastering, Richmond, VIC, Australia

Lowrey Cotillion choir, banjo, Genie Bass, custom flute presets, diapason, Orchestral Symphonizer, Magic Swing Piano, drums, percussion, bass, guitar and synth samples, lead and backing vocals: Wally

Contains samples of Green Is the Mountain as performed by Frances Yip. Used courtesy of EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd

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When the Cotillion arrived
We threw out the television
Model D 575
Has custom flute presets
And Harmony-Plus in addition

Now for an arm and a leg
We get three half-dozen beats to choose from
So now we can pretend
That there's an orchestra in the loungeroom

I put the Genie Bass on
So my left hand can play the choir
With 16ft Diapason
And Lowrey's patented Orchestral Symphonizer

Banjo's great on repeat
The kids want to play but they'll have to be patient
The wife can't help tapping her feet
It's a genuine home entertainment revelation

State of the art
(Hold the phone, it's so)
State of the art
[Listen to the difference!]
(Oh my god, it's so)
State of the art
[By use of a computer]
State of the art

Now we don't want to go out
When we could spend the night at home with the Cotillion
Invite the neighbours around
Start the bossanova beat and limbo from the living to the kitchen

Enjoy the state of the art
The Magic Swing Piano really is astounding
Now we can't tell them apart
But these amazing simulations end up sounding even better than the real thing

State of the art
(Hold the phone, it's so)
[Computer controlled tone colour]
State of the art
[The marriage of music to computers is quite natural]
(Oh my god, it's so)
State of the art
[It is time to hear the results]

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Josh Fox for the Tar Sands Action...




From: StopKeystoneXL  | Aug 19, 2011  | 205 views 
 
Oscar nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland) gives his powerful support to the Tar Sands Action, a two week sit-in at the White House to show President Obama he has the support of the people to stand up to Big Oil.

King of Teahupo'o - AI Forever...



As the surfing world firmly fixes its attention on Tahiti for 5th leg of the ASP World Tour  http://billabongpro.com/tahiti11/ we pay our respects to man who made it his own, Andy Iron... RIP...

Andy King - "Ears Off"






I"ve been meaning to post these Photo's of Kingy for a while now, and after catching up with him in the channel at Chopes today, i paddled off into the lineup with a smile. And later thought how significant these photos of him are.

When i was navigating my way through a few barrels( way smaller than this one ), i realized how much i rely on my sense of hearing to know how close the lip is to my head, so that i dont get clipped, cartwheel off my board and hit the reef :) .. let alone the effect it has on my balance.

Kingy doesn't have this privilege out in the water.
So going from teaching yourself how to walk again .. to weaving you way through a solid pit like this- is why one of my best mates inspires me every time i see him.  Especially before a 12ft plus chopes swell is about to hit.. Cheers Kingdawg.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rachel Beckwith's smile...



In this clip, a young girl's selfless birthday wish has raised over $1M in donations to bring fresh water to developing nations in Africa. 'Today' correspondent Lee Cowan chronicles the birthday wish that spawned a charity movement. "Everyone who knew her said it was Rachel Beckwith's smile that was unforgettable. And yet for those she never met, it was her heart that mattered most," Cowan reports as a photo of Rachel dissolves into footage of the villagers her wish has helped.

"On her 9th birthday, instead of presents she wanted donations. She raised $220. She vowed to do it again next year on her 10th birthday," Cowan explains. Tragically, Rachel died in a massive pileup on I-90 before her 10th birthday. Her family continued her Charity Water drive as a memorial. "Her story spread and soon Rachel's tally grew... Her total is now over a million, enough to help more than 50,000 people," Cowan says.

If you wish to contribute to Rachel's cause, go to her URL http://mycharitywater.org/rachels9thbirthday

And whilst you're there, please check out the simply brilliant work of Scott Harrison and dedicated team at http://www.charitywater.org

You may even be inspired to start your own cause/account & begin fundraising at http://mycharitywater.org/p/signin

For the times they are a changing... Bob Dylan

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Occy, Gordons Daughters and Concrete Blond

Pump, this movie takes me back to a great place, its the 2nd instalement to Billabong's Surf Into Summer, its the time I pulled outa school and surfed all day everyday with my mates Bretto and Terry, its also the time we use to perve on Gordon Merchants daughters when he 1st moved to our small surfing village, its around the same time I got to meet Occy with his short back and sides hair cut and stumpy legs the complete opposite to me with my long messy hair and pins for legs, and its the time we sat around and watched Pump none stop everyday and to be honest it made me want to surf for the rest of my life....so I did.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Water Changes Everything...


From: charitywater  | Apr 18, 2011  | 304,371 views

Almost a billion people live without clean drinking water. We call this the water crisis. It's a crisis because it only starts with water -- but water affects everything in life.

Health. Education. Food security. And the lives of women and children, especially.

We can end the water crisis in our lifetime. But first we have to let everyone know it's happening. Learn how water changes everything -- and share this with everyone you know.

Written by charity: water + Jonathan Jarvis
Animation by Jonathan Jarvis
Voiceover by Kristen Bell
Score and sound effects by Douglas Kaufman

Ziggy Marley

Dan just went an saw Ziggy Marley at the famous Hollywood bowl. Reckons it was an awesome experience. I bet it was, but maybe not as awesome as hangin out in Tahiti getting barreled and exploring maybe the most beautiful place in the world.
Here's Ziggy......



World Responsible Tourism Day - Nov 2011


Learn more about World Responsible Tourism in this short WTM WRTD film.


About WTM WRTD
 What is responsible tourism?

In 2002, 280 representatives from all sectors of tourism from 20 countries attended the Cape Town Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations, preceding the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. A declaration on responsible tourism was agreed. 




Cape Town Declaration

The 2002 Cape Town declaration agreed that responsible tourism:
  • minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts
  • generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well being of host communities; improves working conditions and access to the industry
  • involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances
  • makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural  and cultural heritage embracing diversity
  • provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues
  • provides access for physically challenged people
  • is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence



WTM World Responsible Tourism Day Objectives
WTM has four realistic objectives for this day of action.
  • WTM WRTD, with support from the UNWTO wants the industry to work together to:
  • help drive change by educating more responsible behaviour with the travel and tourism industry and travelling public
  • explore the issues of how countries and destinations are made more sustainable including case studies of best practices
  • educate the marketplace and debate key environmental related issues to push the agenda and be a catalyst for change
  • harness the influence of World Travel Market as an international business forum to encourage the industry to drive the responsible tourism agenda forward
Go to: www.wtmwrtd.com

A little tribute to Ronnie Burns

Here's a clip of Ronnie Burns. Ronnie died back in the late 80's or early 90's in a motor cross accident. I got hang out with him for a few days when I was a grommet and I'll never forget it, he was such a relaxed guy, I could'nt understand how he could surf so well in heavy waves. Ronnie Burns relaxed, cool and calm in the heaviest of waves it's what made him one of the best.
Enjoy the clip......

Sunday, August 14, 2011

2nd Wayne Lynch Short Film Series

Here's the 2nd short film about Wayne Lynch from Cyrus Sutton.
Its a nice watch, some things that are said in this film make a lot of sense, his views on fame and people's pursuits for that fame are great. It might be some of Wayne's best work caught on camera (apart from his surfing that is).. I'd really recommend checking it out...


Saturday, August 13, 2011

5th choice from Splendour....

Last but not least, The Hives. These guys F*#%+ing rocked, they came out in top hats and suits like a bunch of penguins. I was kinda rattled for em, but as soon as they started playing all was forgotten. If you get the chance go see these guys, great fun, great music..

Vertical Farming...


This is the latest piece in the TreeHugger/Option-G print series; check out the full picture below and the full collection at Option-G where they're available for sale.

Friday, August 12, 2011

What's an Ocean Garbage Patch?



How much trash is in our oceans? And does it look more like a floating landfill or a plastic soup? Anna Cummins, co-founder of the 5 Gyres Project, gives Jorge Ribas the facts about her recent trip into the Atlantic Garbage Patch.

But who's cleaning the oceans up..? In short, NO ONE...!

So the problem is just going to keep getting bigger until it to big to ignore and possibly too late... Surely its too big to ignore now...

The surface of the oceans and seas are the biggest ecosystem (70% of World's surface) and arguably the most valuable on the planet. It contains essential life forms necessary for converting CO2 to O2, having to compete with plastics for space. Plastics just continue to breakdown by exposure to sun and wave action, continuously leaching more toxin during each process. Many of the small fish are found with plastic in their stomach, which larger fish are in turn eating them. So undoubtedly plastic is entering the food chain and if you eat fish, your food chain...

A super thin film of oil almost covers the entire oceans surface and this too changes/interferes with the way that essential to life processes like Photosynthesis, Respiration & many more (below) taking place...


Oil, Shipping, Fisheries and many other Industries continuously take from our Oceans and Planet, but pay nothing for the privilege. This must change..

Companies that make the toxic plastics that last forever but are design to be disposable, take no responsibility for their products ultimately ending up in the ecosystem... This must change also, and the convenience culture that is up to the consumer becoming more conscious of the bigger picture and away from consumerism, brands, status and ego...

This has all got to change, but in the mean time, the power is in the hands of the conscious consumer. Take action with your $$$ and demand alternatives that are far more sustainable...

Should the oceans be cleaned by (paid by) those who profit from them, combined with those who ultimately pollute them..?

Who else can afford to tackle such as large problem...?

 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

SAVE OUR MARINE LIFE..

Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who signed the petition.

You have just helped break the record for the number of people calling for marine protection in a government process in Australia. In fact, it's the most submissions ever sent to a government process on a conservation issue.

On Monday evening when the public consultation period on marine sanctuaries in Australia's South West closed, 41,923 people had written letters, signed postcards and sent emails calling for a network of large marine sanctuaries in Australia's South West. Half - a total of 20,872 - had sent an online submission through www.SaveOurMarineLife.org.au which was an absolutely outstanding result. Thanks for being part of the Big Blue Army that made this incredible result possible.

And this is just the submissions we're aware of. There's bound to be thousands more. This number of people joining together for our marine life is a spectacular and historic result which belongs to us all. Congratulations.

Where to from here?
In the near future Environment Minister Tony Burke will be briefed on the submissions received. He is then expected to re-draft his proposal for marine sanctuaries informed by both the number and content of submissions. With 8 out of 10 hotspots for marine life left unprotected by his original proposal, and with the biggest conservation response in Australia's history calling for this to be fixed, we would expect some dramatic changes. The new sanctuaries should deliver what science says is needed - not what fishing and oil industries may want. Following Cabinet discussions with other Ministers, final decisions on sanctuaries are expected to happen within a few months.

We'll need your help ...
The voices for marine conservation have never been stronger. But we're concerned that this won't stop the trawling and oil drilling industries sending lobbyists to Canberra to undermine the overwhelming community call for Minister Burke to protect our marine life. We will have to remain vigilant to ensure that our marine life wins the day and proper protection is delivered. And to do this we will need your continued support.

But for now, thanks again for helping to make sure our voice was heard loud and clear for sanctuaries. The momentum of our growing Big Blue Army is now unstoppable.

Together we will change marine conservation forever.

For our marine life,

David

David Mackenzie
Save Our Marine Life

www.saveourmarinelife.org.au

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Radioactive waste to dangerous to bury in the ground!


Nearly 50,000 tons of sludge at water treatment facilities has been found to contain radioactive cesium as the result of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Over 1,500 tons is so contaminated that it cannot be buried for disposal.

Water treatment facilities in eastern and northeastern Japan have been discovering sludge containing cesium.

The health ministry says there is 49,250 tons of such sludge in 14 prefectures in eastern and northeastern Japan.



A total of 1,557 tons in 5 prefectures, including Fukushima and Miyagi, was found to contain 8,000 or more becquerels per kilogram. This sludge is too radioactive to be buried for disposal.

The most contaminated sludge, with 89,697 becquerels per kilogram, was discovered at a water treatment facility in Koriyama City, Fukushima.

The ministry says 76 percent of the roughly 50,000 tons of radioactive sludge is being stored at water treatment plants and they have no ways to dispose of most of it.

It says more than 54,000 tons of additional sludge has not been checked for radioactive materials.

The ministry plans to study how to dispose of the radioactive sludge.

Tony Alva surfed befor he skated

I didn't know it but the legend skater himself Tony Alva "the man with the coolest photos of his childhood history" loves to surf. Her's a clip of him and a friend enjoying what us surfers love to do "surf". Lifes better when you get wet.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My 4th pick for Splendour

My 4th pick for Splendour is pretty funny , its Kayne West. I think he's from LA or heaven, hell who knows. The guy is bigger than this world, or at least he thinks so, but I have to admit I really enjoyed his show. My mate loves him and to hang out and bob away was kinda cool.
The best bit of this clip is Zach Galifianakis the Wolf Pack leader outa Hangover.... hilarious,,

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Help Protect the SW Oceans of Australia.

This is something that is very close to every surfers heart. The oceans around Australia are currently being looked at for levels of protection. At the moment the Australian Government are looking at an area from South Australia to SW Western Australia. Which is 1,000,000 kilometres squared in area. The big problem here is that the percentage that will become protected is very, very small.

The oceans around this area have the most diverse marine life in the world, bigger than the great barrier reef in Queensland, Australia, bigger than anywhere else in the world. SW Australia is the last frontier, the most isolated habitat in the world, but its the richest as far as natural resources are concerned. In other words, there's to much money to be made outa extracting gas and minerals from the ocean to ignore it.

What can we / you do to help???????????????????

Please click through and sign the petition. Then spread the word through Facebook, Twitter..Its that simple
http://www.saveourmarinelife.org.au/map-out-our-marine-lifes-future



Saturday, August 6, 2011

Another day in the life of Wayne Lynch, Part one.

I stumbled upon this magic little piece created by Cyrus Sutton.
Its part of a serious from Surfers Journal in the states http://www.surfersjournal.com/
If you do click to their website check out their front page... the surfboard on the cover is insane.
Anyway enough from me, enjoy the Wayne Lynch experience..... I did.


SLIP SLOP SLAP


More Surfing Videos

Stab's Riley Blakeway presents SLIP SLOP SLAP.

Taj Burrow & Kolohe Adino surfing Cal...

tAJ bOUURO\

Friday, August 5, 2011

Seeker Lover Keeper - Even Though I'm a Women...



Music video by Seeker Lover Keeper performing Even Though I'm A Woman. (C) 2011 Dew Process/Universal Music Australia

Patagonia's Dan Ross heats up a very cold Winki



Refreshing to see a powerful open wave face being ridden with power, precision & pace...
3rd on my list of who was hot at Splendour are Children Collide. I've never seen these guy's live before and only heard a few songs randomly on the radio, but live they are great. A real high energy band that seem to fit the bill at Splendour and raise the bar for other acts to follow. Here they are with Jelly Legs...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sea Shepherd's Flagship Vessel the Steve Irwin is Free at Last

Photo: Steve Irwin FREE..
Due to the generosity of our supporters around the world, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has raised over $735,000 to save the flagship Steve Irwin—less than two weeks after the launch of our SOS! - Save Our Ship fundraising campaign! Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible for us to fund a bond to release the vessel from detainment! Together, we will continue to make a difference.

As many of you are aware, on July 15, the Steve Irwin was detained in the Scottish Shetland Islands pending our ability to fund a bond we estimated to be in the amount of USD $1,411,692.87. The detainment was ordered by British courts due to a civil lawsuit brought against us by Maltese fishing company Fish & Fish Limited.

Thankfully, the bond was posted earlier today, and the Steve Irwin will soon depart to the Faeroes for Operation Ferocious Isles. The Steve Irwin will join the vessel Brigitte Bardot and her crew, who are already onsite defending pilot whales.

 Read the full story at: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2011/08/02/sea-shepherds-flagship-vessel-the-steve-irwin-is-free-at-last-1272

Friendly Fires

Here's my second choice for performers at Splendour this year. The Friendly Fires came out and rocked totally blew the crowd away... Check out Hawaiian Air....

Monday, August 1, 2011

Is there something we aren't talking about..?

You know its true...


What..?
Dan Ross wanted to talk about the obvious problem that no one else wanted to discuss on a recent trip to a game park in South Africa,,, what..?


Just got back from a great weekend at Splendour In The Grass, which to put it bluntly was fantastic. I'm going to post my top 5 bands starting with Bloc Parties Kele.
This guy rocked on Saturday afternoon with such a positive fun vibe. His band were amazing and the female drummer up the back keeped things so tight she awesome. They lifted the roof off the place can't wat to see em again. Enjoy!


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