Thursday, November 19, 2009

Poster of the Week

3459 Species Live on the California Coast
by Robert Giusti for The California Coastal Commission

The California Coastal Commission contracted the poster as a way to raise awareness about the problem of marine debris and ocean pollution. In giving the message that humans are causing these problems for marine life, it also sends the message that there is much that individuals can do to improve the situation.

One of the CCC’s biggest and longest running efforts is coordination of the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day (since 1984). In 2008, over 60,000 volunteers picked up over one million pounds of debris on California beaches and shorelines alone. In portions of the North Pacific Ocean, the quantities of plastic outweigh the amount of plankton by a factor of 6 to 1.

Artwork © 2010 Robert Giusti.

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