Well, our little one is now officially fashionably late, apparently its all the rage with babies this year, even the new future throne warmer was overbaked by a week, so who are we to complain!
On the plus side, last week gave us the opportunity to further record the belly adventures AND do something good for the planet at the same time! Thats right, our little girl is doing her part for the oceans before she has even decided to put in an appearance!
It started with a trip to the verloskundige (dutch midwife). While I was waiting patiently for the patient to be examined, I noticed a flyer on the nice lady’s desk advertising belly painting. Not just any belly painting mind you, but one organised by a group trying to raise awareness about the plastic in the oceans and how that affects sea life.
Stiksoep is a locally based artist group who were inspired by the Agalita Marine Research Foundation, and set out to raise awareness of the problem facing the oceans and in turn, promote viable alternatives to single use plastic, using art installations to spread the word. Which is where we joined in!
We tracked them down in the courtyard of the local museum and 2 talented young artists set about turning Sabi’s already beautiful belly, into an even more beautiful canvas, with a visual message to share. They had a photographer/videographer on site recording the action for a documentary they will be putting together. We weren’t the only belly painted, just the only one in that particular session, so we look forward to seeing the results!
Once the painting was done, we went for a walk around the busy town, theres a huge annual festival on at the moment, a 50km per day for 4 days march that has been happening every year for 97 years. Originally a military training event, it now draws representatives from armies world wide as well as 42,000 regular peeps! There is a definite party vibe to the town, with music and stages set up on nearly every corner! Needless to say as we strolled around the crowds, our beautiful belly drew plenty of attention and praise, getting us lots of smiles and comments!
We also got to pose on one of the art installations for another dutch company Dopper, who produce carbon neutral, BPA free reusable water bottles and are helping to support fresh drinking water projects around the world. They had set up a plastic wave to represent to the wave of plastic headed out to sea and congregating in the mid pacific and other prime current spots.
It is definitely encouraging to see the number of conservation groups that are starting to become more vocal and active in standing up for the future of the oceans, you just have to look over our facebook page to see plenty that we support!
But living on a boat also gives us the opportunity to see first hand the results of single use plastics, over fishing and just general disinterest in the health of the ocean, thats right kids, it covers over70% of the Earth’s surface and does more to control the greenhouse gasses than the Amazon rainforest does, yet too few politicians will step up and do something to ensure there is ANYTHING left for future generations, and by future I mean our children. If something doesn’t change soon we could be facing unknown consequences of a dead ocean in our daughters lifetime….. Bring on the zombies I say…
In the meantime I will continue to try and educate who ever I meet about the stupidity of commercial fishing, there is NO sustainable commercial fishing practice, maybe farming, thats a whole other problem, but I’m willing to admit it may be the lesser evil at this stage if you REALLY have to eat fish and can’t catch it yourself, the obvious preferred choice.
And then there are the sharks, the whales, dolphins, the entire Antarctic sea eco system, the list goes on…. So do your bit, educate yourself about what is really going on and think about what you can do to make sure our kids don’t have to look in a book to see what we are lucky enough to see everyday from our floating home.