“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”
— Jacques Yves Cousteau, Oceanographer
Fort Gaines, located on the eastern end of Dauphin Island, guards the entrance to Mobile Bay.
When soldiers occupied Fort Gaines, latrines were emptied daily by the ebb and flow of tides. Over 150 years later, this method of disposal would be considered an abhorrent form of pollution. Yet, pollution and abuse of the world’s oceans as well as the atmosphere, continues daily, in overt and insidious ways. AND, we all take part in this pollution!
Pollutants include: oil, fertilizers, solid garbage, and toxic chemicals. What can the individual do to help? – Lots of things! As the old saying advises, “Think globally and act locally.”
- Minimize your carbon footprint and use of fossil fuels
- Reduce use of plastic products
- Avoid buying items exploiting marine life
- Support organizations working to keep bodies of water clean and safe
- Contact public officials concerning regulations that protect the environment – over and over and over and over and over…….. Now is not the time to rescind environmental safeguards!
Globs of oil washed ashore on Dauphin Island beaches as a result of the Horizon oil spill in 2010.
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The Environmental Protection Agency identifies sources of aquatic trash. Click here and reconsider consumer choices to help eliminate this form of aquatic pollution.