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Making Peace With Our Oceans

(3) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 2:57 PM

The ocean gives so much to us all.

From the food we eat to the air we breathe, the ocean sustains all life on our planet. For me, the ocean brings a sense of peace that I carry within, a special connection that has been the foundation of my commitment to protect and preserve ocean habitats.

In my years as an ocean advocate, I have seen a lot, and I know without a shred of doubt that our oceans are now in crisis. The evidence of this destruction is everywhere: silent killers like ocean acidification threaten to dissolve the bonds that hold ecosystems together, overfishing is causing fish stocks that we depend on to disappear and the billions of dollars generated by ocean economies each year are in danger of being lost to pollution and mismanagement.

And yet, with World Oceans Day just days away, I feel more hopeful than ever. Yes, these problems can feel overwhelming, but I find hope in human nature, in the power we have to be stronger, smarter, and greater when we work together.

Just ask the hundreds of surfers who gathered in Malibu last summer for a Peace Paddle -- a twist on the Hawaiian tradition of surfers joining together on the water -- led by surf legends Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama. Crowds of ocean advocates joyfully paddled out a few hundred yards and joined hands to form one giant, floating symbol of peace -- so big that it broke a Guinness world record. The event not only helped raise funds to support the tireless efforts of the Natural Resources Defense Council to protect our oceans, but also served as a visible reminder of the need to work together for a more peaceful future for our seas. That is the power of people coming together.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I believe this picture speaks volumes about hope for a healthy ocean future.

Later this month, world leaders will come together to address ocean protection issues on an international scale, at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. As it approaches, I find myself reflecting on a simple human principle that makes this event possible, and that can affect real, global change: cooperation.

If I could have one wish for the ocean this year, it would be that the world would put away the empty promises and work together for ocean protection. From ending destructive fishing practices in international waters to curbing marine plastic pollution, there is no limit to what we can do if we work toward solutions together. This sounds simplistic, I know, but it is just one of those fundamental concepts that works every time.

There are millions of people around the world whose lives depend on the ocean and want to help it remain healthy. Join me in asking the world leaders at Rio+20 to reflect the opinions of ocean advocates, and to focus their energies on cooperative actions that create sustainable solutions for us all -- so that we can enjoy the wonder, beauty, and sustenance of the seas for generations to come.

Photo: Craig...

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Teaching Gardens are Sprouting

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Dr. Seuss' timeless story, The Lorax, reinforces what we as moms instinctively know -- when kids plant the seeds and nurture and harvest the plants, they learn the value of good eating habits and appreciate the environment.

On Teaching Garden planting days, I often ask kids to...

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Video: Gardens That Teach

(4) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 11:18 AM

Gardens can be many things.

When we planted our first Teaching Garden, we were thinking about helping kids connect with the earth in a way that would get them excited about eating fresh foods. Soon after our first success, the American Heart Association adopted us, and we...

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Redefining Veterans Day

(9) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 3:05 PM

I grew up in Colorado Springs in between Ent Air Force Base, Fort Carson, and the Air Force Academy. As a kid, I remember our family hosting and entertaining cadets from the Air Force Academy at our house. My dad is a World War II Air Force veteran, my step-dad...

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What A Fortune-Teller Told Me About My Marriage

(7) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 1:11 AM

As an environmental activist, it was refreshing to be asked to write about marriage. Shortly after I got married, for the first and, probably, last time, I went to a fortune-teller on a friend's recommendation. Now, the experience didn't change my life and didn't even really alter my opinion of...

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National Launch of the First "Teaching Garden"

(6) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 1:07 PM

Five years ago, at age 11, my daughter blogged about the plight of "school lunches" at her elementary school. Then she blogged an update when she got to middle school. I remember a statistic at the time saying that obesity-related illnesses in the future would impact...

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Protecting Our Oceans

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2009 | 11:19 AM

Imagine a world without fish. It's closer than you think. And, it's not the legacy I want to leave for my children. As a Southern California resident and long-time ocean activist, I care deeply about the state of our sea and know we cannot take it for granted. It provides...

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Video: Building A Better Green House

(21) Comments | Posted November 9, 2007 | 8:00 AM

Project7ten , named for the address of our model green house, is a three-dimensional example that showed people the reality of green building and green living. People can come and tour the house to see how beautiful, but also how possible it is to live green. It's a showcase...

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Sheehan and Sting

(24) Comments | Posted August 22, 2005 | 10:29 PM

The other night I was listening to Sting's song "They Dance Alone," and I came to a new and profound understanding of Cindy Sheehan's protest in Crawford, Texas. As I heard Sting's stirring lyrics about Chilean women dancing in the streets with photographs of their sons and husbands who...

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