” The Smog of the Sea chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. After years of hearing about the famous “garbage patches” in the ocean’s gyres, the crew is stunned to learn that the patches are a myth: the waters stretching to the horizon are clear blue, with no islands of trash in sight. But as the crew sieves the water and sorts through their haul, a more disturbing reality sets in: a fog of microplastics permeates the world’s oceans, trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making their way up the marine food chain. You can clean up a garbage patch, but how do you stop a fog? ” www.thesmogofthesea.com
After brief introductions and discussion about both our challenges in living a zero waste lifestyle and some of our greatest successes, there was a deep sense of commitment and solidarity within the group, with a focus on practical steps that we will take both as individuals and as a community. While certain commitments have been made (and are greatly appreciated) there are still many opportunities to get involved, support, and give to our new and exciting movement.
1) Synagogues/Communal Settings
2) Collective Buying/Community Support
3) Knowledge, Awareness of Processes, Education, School Programs
4) Shopping/Purchasing Point, Food Recovery
5) Shared Living Spaces
6) Industrial/Political Level, Motivation to Change and Religious Ideals
7) Fines, Phasing Out (Plastic Bottles, Bags)
8) Zero Waste Items, 2nd Hand Stores
9) Events, Meals, Workshops
Don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend. We hope you will get involved at your own pace and to see you at our next meeting.