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Letter #001 - A Love Letter to the Ocean
the sea is emotion incarnate. it loves, it hates, it weeps. it defies all attempts to capture with words and rejects all shackles. no matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can't. - christopher paolini

Welcome to It's All Good. A monthly letter for curious souls who love to explore the worlds of sustainability, nature and community. 

If you're anything like us you love to read, listen and chat about these topics, and since being filled with wonder truly is one of life's joys, we're excited to share the interesting, informative and awe-inspiring things we've come across on our journeys across the world wide web.

Our first letter is A Love Letter to the Ocean - named for the podcast that had us captivated for the better part of an hour with enchanting tales of the sea.

We hope you enjoy these reads, listens and other recommendations, and feel enriched by this biweekly collection of good people doing good things.

Before you start reading - click here - for some tunes to get you into an ocean admiring headspace.

Good Reads


Sunday Reads - Under the Sea

Collection of Articles - The New Yorker

This collection of long reads shares stories about exploration, danger, and discovery on the high seas, perfect for some engrossing weekend reading 

Her Deepness

One favourite was Her Deepness, from all the way back in 1989. A profile of the wonderful Sylvia Earl, an intrepid marine botanist and deep-sea diver who—after living in an underwater laboratory and visiting the ocean floor in an experimental diving suit became the first woman to hold the position of chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

             Want to hear more from Sylvia Earle herself 30 years on?
Head over to our
Good Listens recommendation An SOS from the Ocean.

Unnatural Selection

A look at one potential (and radical) tool in the fight to save the world's reefs and forests, and some of the related ethical and sociological questions that need to be grappled with. Thought provoking in more ways than one.

What if the qualities that made some corals hardier than others could be identified? Perhaps this information could be used to produce tougher varieties. Humans might, in this way, design reefs capable of withstanding human influence.
 

Good Listens

A Love Letter to the Ocean.
Podcast - TED Radio Hour

This is one of the most interesting podcasts we've listened to in recent history. You'll want to concentrate on just this for the better part of an hour (and you won't regret it) 

Oceans cover nearly 75% of the Earth. While they seem vast and frightening, they're also enchanting and whimsical. This hour, TED speakers dive into stories of connection —
and even love — in the sea. 


Guests include adventurer Catherine Mohr, marine biologists Marah Hardt and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and venom scientist Mandë Holford.

An SOS from the Ocean
Podcast - TED Radio Hour

A little more sombering, but just as fascinating, this is a great follow up to the previous podcast - featuring the star of our favourite article of our Good Reads recommendations 
 
Her Deepness, Sylvia Earle.

For centuries, humans have relied on the oceans for resources and food... but even the deepest sea has its limits. This hour, TED speakers discuss how we can save our seas to save our planet. 

Guests include marine biologists Asha de Vos, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, and Alasdair Harris, and oceanographer Sylvia Earle.

A Good Book
Book Cover - Why Fish Don't Exist by Lulu Miller

Why Fish Don't Exist
A Story of Loss, 
Love and the Hidden Order of Life
Non-Fiction Book - Lulu Miller

If you're a fan of the podcast Invisibilia then you'll love this genre-defying debut novel from cofounder Lulu Miller. In the book, Lulu contrasts the study of scientist David Starr Jordan, who sought to create a cohesive taxonomy of underwater species, with an account of her own unraveling life.   

David Starr Jordan was a taxonomist, a man possessed with bringing order to the natural world. In time, he would be credited with discovering nearly a fifth of the fish known to humans in his day. But the more of the hidden blueprint of life he uncovered, the harder the universe seemed to try to thwart him.

When NPR reporter Lulu Miller first heard this anecdote in passing, she took Jordan for a fool, but as her own life slowly unraveled, she began to wonder about him. What she would unearth about his life would transform her understanding of history, morality, and the world beneath her feet.

Good Stuff

Guppyfriend Washing Bag
Stop Microplastic Pollution (Buy at Biome)

We're all friends of the ocean here, which means we don't want to be responsible for any microplastics finding their way to the sea via our washing. No matter how eco-friendly we are, we're all bound to have at least a few items made from synthetic fibres, and this nifty washing bag is great solution to stop those fibres that shed during washing from sneaking down our pipes.

Microfibers are tiny, so they can easily move through sewage treatment plants. Natural fibers, such as cotton or wool, biodegrade over time. But synthetic fibers are problematic because they do not biodegrade.

Studies have shown health problems among plankton and other small organisms that eat microfibers, which then make their way up the food chain.

Keep reading at The Guardian.

One Good Deed
Image of bleached coral reef

Sign a Petition to take Climate Action for the Great Barrier Reef
Australian Marine Conservation Society

While you're here, why not quickly head over the the Australian Marine Conservation Society website and sign their petition to  encourage Australian politicians to take serious and rapid action on climate change by transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy, accelerating action and investment to reduce pollution.

UNESCO has released their draft decision: our Great Barrier Reef should be listed as ‘In Danger’ as a World Heritage Site due to the threat of climate change and pollution.

To come off the ‘In Danger’ list UNESCO is recommending the Australian government to undertake a series of “corrective measures” to address the threat of climate change to the Reef and report back on 1 February 2022 with how it is implementing all the requests.

Head over to the Australian Marine Conservation Society website to learn more about their campaigns and to see what other petitions and projects they're undertaking.

Thank you!

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It's All Good.

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