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No Excuse for Plastic Oceans

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The oceans will contain more plastic than fish in just 34 years unless people change their ways, scientists reported in early 2016. The news left me feeling heartsick and helpless.

“What can I do? I’m only one person,” I wondered, as if I had ever met anyone who was more than one person.

I pondered, but only for a moment. I can use less plastic, I noted, and I can eat fewer fish. The answers required little thought.

That was eight weeks ago. I’ve since bought fewer plastic items and I’ve skimped on seafood. And I’ve toured the Monterey Bay Aquarium in central California, during a scheduled visit to the area.

The mission of the aquarium “is to inspire conservation of the ocean.” Right on! The $49.95 admission fee, along with the $120 I paid for two overpriced MBA sweat-shirts, contributed to the aquarium and its conservation programs (see the aquarium’s website for program details).

Wandering among the otters, penguins, octopi, sharks and other sea critters at the aquarium was a thrill. Helping to sustain them with my visit and purchases, and eating fewer fish and avoiding plastic purchases, aren't just acts of kindness. They are instances of acting responsibly.

By Scott Doggett, Reno, Nevada, U.S.A.
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Kindness Partner's Information
Name Monterey Bay Aquarium
Street Address 886 Cannery Row
City Monterey
State/province California
Country U.S.A.
Post Code 93940
Contact Not applicable
Contact's Title Not applicable
Phone (831) 648-4800
Email Must use email form on Website
Source I'd read about the aquarium in a newspaper.
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