Author Archives: janisselbyjones

Juul Caps

When I recently started finding these caps on the beach, I thought that they were from USB drives. However, a recent headline about the life-threatening consequences of vaping made me realize that they are caps for Juul e-cigarette products. In … Continue reading

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Be Disposable Free

Plastic cutlery is often among the top ten items found during shoreline cleanups, and I have certainly collected my fair share while walking at the beach. Plastic knives, forks, and spoons are not recyclable in most waste systems, because they … Continue reading

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The Butterfly Effect

The butterfly effect theory comes from meteorologist Edward Lorenz and the idea that the development of a tornado can be “influenced by minor perturbations such as the flapping of the wings of a distant butterfly several weeks earlier.” In other words, … Continue reading

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Sea Turtle

More than half of the world’s sea turtles have ingested plastic, and sadly, they are especially susceptible to its harmful effects. According to Sea Turtle Conservancy, their anatomy prohibits the regurgitation of debris, and the accumulation of plastic in their … Continue reading

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An I Spy Challenge

The marine debris that makes up Into the Current includes many unrecognizable pieces of plastic, but it also includes familiar things, and many aspects of modern culture are represented. Bottle caps, toys, grooming products, kitchen items, and much more are curated by the tides. … Continue reading

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Teaching Resources

Videos Ocean Today’s Trash Talk Special Feature How Much Plastic is the Ocean? It’s Okay To Be Smart by PBS What Is Marine Debris? | A Cartoon Crash Course with Jim Toomey Two Minutes on Oceans w/ Jim Toomey; Marine … Continue reading

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Metal Fabrication

I am  grateful to instructor Nick Scott and the students in the Metal Fabrication course offered through Mira Costa College’s Technology Career Institute. They did professional quality work as they constructed the complex 5’ x 5’ structure out of steel flat bar, rebar, and galvanized metal mesh. … Continue reading

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