Take a moment to support clean techology

by Carolyn Kraft on 09/13/2014

Clean technologies have great potential to help solve many of the challenges our oceans face. However, getting a clean technology business up and running is really tough. Not only do entrepreneurs have to have great ideas, but they also have to have grit, determination and lots of funding to develop prototypes, run pilot projects to test their designs, make alterations if necessary, run more tests and then hopefully start manufacturing once they’ve convinced enough companies to try something new, which is sometimes the hardest part!

PortTech is a non-profit business incubator that helps entrepreneurs with clean technologies get their businesses up and running. The organization focuses on identifying clean technologies that solve environmental challenges at the ports such as air quality, energy efficiency and water quality. PortTech connects entrepreneurs with business opportunities at the ports, provides business consulting, marketing assistance and a variety of other services a startup needs to be successful. The ultimate goal is to have more clean technologies in use at the ports and cleaner ports mean a cleaner ocean, which is always a good thing.

In order to support the work they’re doing, PortTech applied for the LA2050 Grants Challenge and only the top five organizations in each category win. So please take a moment to vote for PortTech if you believe in the potential of clean technologies, the ingenuity of entrepreneurs and the possibility of cleaner oceans. All you have to do is vote by clicking a button on the LA2050 Grants Challenge website, it’s easy!

Note: Full disclosure, while I wasn’t paid to write this post, I do freelance writing work for PortTech and really hope that they win! That said, I think it’s a great organization and I believe in their mission and the potential positive impacts clean technologies can have on the environment and oceans.

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Go see the giant rubber duck!

by Carolyn Kraft on 08/21/2014

Giant rubber duck

Giant rubber duck

A giant rubber duck has arrived in Los Angeles and has transformed Los Angeles Harbor into its own very public bathtub.

The duck is 40 feet tall and completely awesome. I had the chance to see it on Wednesday, August 20 when it was towed in as part of the Tall Ships Festival and now it’s floating at the dock in downtown San Pedro through Sunday, August 24.

Just seeing this giant rubber duck tower over ships makes you giggle and suddenly you feel lighter, the sky seems brighter and the drudgery of the world seems far, far away. And this was exactly the artist’s intention.

The duck was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman and has traveled the world since its creation in 2007. Here’s what Hofman’s website says on the subject: “The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!”

So head to the LA Waterfront and lose yourself to the whimsy and magic of a giant rubber duck. Drown your worries in bright yellow silliness and enjoy the Tall Ships Festival, it’s a true treat.

Giant rubber duck arriving

Giant rubber duck arriving

Crushing duck with my bare hands!

Clutching the giant rubber duck with my bare hands!

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War of the Whales is a must read!

August 10, 2014

“War of the Whales” is a must read! This is one ocean journey that everyone should take, and that’s the beauty of reading…you can traverse the depths of the ocean and the hallways of the Supreme Court all without leaving the comforts of your living room. The story centers around marine biologist Ken Balcomb and […]

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Summer Reading: War of the Whales

July 13, 2014

It’s that time of year when bookstores everywhere showcase “summer reading” options. But take a pass on the books touted as easy reading and pick up “War of the Whales” by Joshua Horwitz instead. Just released on July 1, 2014 by Simon & Schuster, this book takes you behind-the-scenes during the battle to protect whales […]

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Honor July 4th throughout the year by saying something

July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July! This day is all about celebrating independence, democracy and freedom. But what is the point of celebrating these gifts every July if we don’t make the most of them during the rest of the year? This has been the question on my mind since I attended the Pacific Fisheries Management Council […]

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A trashy start to July

July 1, 2014

July started with trash on the streets. In my Los Angeles neighborhood, it’s common practice for people to leave flyers on car windshields. Alas, this advertising method leads to trash everywhere: on the street, sidewalks, driveways and grassy areas. Flyers end up on the ground in a variety of ways. Sometimes the wind catches them, […]

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