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To say the ocean is my life’s blood is an understatement.  Its the ocean that feeds me, its the ocean that clothes me, she is my home, my life, and my livelihood.  I received this video today and it broke my heart.  70.8 percent of the world is ocean and without it there would be no us.  Why then I ask do we use it as our dumping ground?  Why do we fish it to extinction?  Why do we as humans shit where we eat?

My frustration in rebuilding The` is at an all time high, I have tried so hard to build her as green as I can.  I only use products that are not only sustainable but clean manufactured.  I still have no engine and while I will set sail knowing full well of the risk, I know that sailing without puts out a huge message that there are other ways.  There is a very small group of sailors out there, I call them The Brat Pack and every day they are working their asses off to better the world each in their own way.

Ben and Teresa are leading the way with green boating and Sailing Simplicity. www.simplequestionmovie.com

The sea calls – come live in my heart and pay no rent… ~Unknown

It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist: the threat is rather to life itself.

~Rachel Carson

Liz Clark is a Patagonia steward www.swellvoyage.com and ambassador for the ocean.

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it… ~William James

Mark and Katie have downsized their life’s and are living as close to nature and as simply as they can on their tiny 40 year old sailboat Selkie.  www.controlledjibe.com

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry… ~Thomas Fuller

There are many more out there.  None of us are perfect but by paving the way to a cleaner existence these few sailors, the new Brat Pack are all leading by example.  Next time you put a gallon of fuel in your boat, eat fast food, buy products with disposable packaging… Remember this, its your world you are destroying and your children that you are poisoning.  In every sense of the word less is more.  If you only change your consumption by 10% this year you are one of the leaders, share what you do and teach others, lead by example.

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble… ~Blaise Pascal

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