The Science of Sustainability

Science Event Pick – World Oceans Day

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World Oceans DayWorld Oceans Day on June 8th
In the midst of the largest oil spill is U.S. history, I drove up to Ocean Beach last night to watch the waves crash as horrific images of oil drenched wildlife rattled around my head. Personally, I am rippling with anger at BP as the hunt for who's responsible continues without any real relief. I can't even comprehend the enormity of the event; the video and total gallons spilled always leave me speechless.

After musing on all of this anger, I always come back to one simple thought: We need the oceans more than they need us. The ocean is our thermostat, regulating our climate and providing a majority of the oxygen we breath. The ocean is our muse and represents hope for new discoveries. Yet we often treat the oceans as a trash bin.

June 8th brings about a day to change our thinking, perspective, and actions around the oceans: World Oceans Day. WOD is a UN marked day, celebrating the oceans that give us life. WOD is organized by the Ocean Project, an international collaboration of aquariums, zoos, conservation orgs, and museums. This year marks another opportunity to help keep the ocean free of plastics through the annual Beach Cleanup. While many of us can't travel to the Gulf to help in the effort to clean up the oil, we can all do our part at home.

Sea Stewards Ocean Cleanup and Party
When: Saturday, June 5th, 3-8 PM
Where: Crissy Field, Across from Sports Basement
Cost: Free, Donation Requested for After Party
Details: Cleanup along Crissy Field from 3-5PM. After party with light nibbles and drinks at Sports Basement across the street. All items at Sports Basement will be 10% off for cleanup attendees, with a portion of the proceeds going to Sea Stewards effort to protect sharks.

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Kishore Hari

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Kishore Hari is the founder Down to a Science, a science cafe based in San Francisco. He is most passionate about making science discussion fun and accessible for adults, the kind of discussion that leads to positive change in the world. Professionally, he is a water treatment consultant in San Francisco. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Kishore came to the Bay Area to get a chemistry degree from UC Berkeley. He now specializes in residential water treatment, working with companies such as PUR, Brita, and Camelbak.