We had a great turn out for our Ocean Benefit at 5 Point yoga in Malibu with special guest instructor Amy Rose.
Thanks So much to everyone who came out and donated!!!
We raised money for the 5 Gyres non profit organization and raised some awareness about a very important cause. 5 Gyres works to keep plastic out of our oceans and clean plastic that has already found its way to sea. Check them out at 5gyres.org.
What is a "Gyre" you ask? Our oceans are dynamic systems, made up of complex networks of currents that circulate water around the world. Large systems of these currents, coupled with wind and the earth’s rotation, create “gyres”, massive, slow rotating whirlpools in which plastic trash can accumulate.
The North Pacific Gyre, the most heavily researched for plastic pollution, spans an area roughly twice the size of the United States. Designed to last, plastic trash in the gyre will remain for decades or longer, being pushed gently in a slow, clockwise spiral towards the center. Most of the research on plastic trash circulating in oceanic gyres has focused on the North Pacific, but there are 5 major oceanic gyres worldwide.
Cetaceans, all sea turtle species, and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies. When marine animals consume plastic trash, presumably mistaking it for food, this can lead to internal blockages, dehydration, starvation, and potentially death.
Also of deep concern for societies are the potential human health impacts of toxic chemicals entering the marine food chain through plastics. Science is beginning to ask the question: do chemicals such as PCBs and DDTs that sorb onto plastic pellets get into the tissues and blood of the animals that eat plastic? Do these chemicals work their way up the food chain, becoming increasingly concentrated and potentially entering our bodies when we eat seafood?
This is a problem we need to solve immediately, and it wont be easy. We are up against some huge corporations who are more concerned about their stock price then the environment. But If we all work together as a team, this planet might still have a chance.
Harvest founders Jason Moriarty and Michael Butler with Amy Rose.