As we near our closing date of Jan. 11, I’m looking back on some inadvertantly mermaid-themed things I did over the holidays. The holiday exhibit at the US Botanic Garden closes in two days, but it took me around and under the seven seas last week. Along with the plants, there are a variety of ships and lighthouses, plus some delightful windows into the undersea world. Keep your eyes peeled—you might spot a mermaid!
This produces hydroelectric power, cleans up plastic waste, and recycles sea water.
A political cartoon of the moving variety — another way that the mermaid’s position between land and sea has been used to look at the relationship between humans and the environment.
In this trailer for “Mission of Mermaids,” we get a peek at director Susan Rockefeller’s use of professional mermaid performance to promote environmental awareness.
For more insight into modern mermaiding, free diving, and underwater photography, check out this interview with professional mermaid Dana Richardson.
While they’re being put to good use here, glass bottles are consistently in the top 10 items found in marine litter, with plastic bottles consistently in the top 5. Glass bottles are eroded by the ocean, but it’s not known yet how long it would take for them to fully biodegrade. Check out this timeline for more information on marine debris and recycling.
In 2008, Disney and the Ad Council worked together on this radio PSA campaign:
In Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo, a “Little Mermaid” story takes on the dark side of all the human rubbish that makes its way into the sea:
Of course, there’s plenty to be done to protect the underwater environment in our own community. Here are some recent articles about conservation and the problems facing the Chesapeake Bay:
Green building of the Brock Environmental Center
A little history on Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts and legal battles
New study shows economic benefits of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay