Hello from Badatgaming130

Cam’s Note: The message below is from badatgaming130, the newest member of the organization.

Can you guess who it is? I’ll give you a hint. 

My name starts with Bad and ends with atgaming130.

Yep guys its badatgaming130 and I’m super excited to be involved in this project! 

Now what will you expect from me? As a traveler I’ll be showing you a bunch of guides to places I find on Google Maps. But not just any guide! Guides to places with beautiful water, underrated locations that are sometimes protected sometimes not.
Sometimes I will go to these places in person but very rarely as I am a busy guy.
Take the road less traveled guys.

As he said, badatgaming is excited and should bring new perspective to the project! Badatgaming will also be showing us which locations are protected and which are not. Many locations, specifically unprotected, become subject to litter. This new area should really add to the project in general. We are pleased to welcome him in and we thank him for joining.

Using Art: Through the SCUBA Mask

Through the SCUBA mask…..and into the ocean! Needless to say, the SCUBA mask is one of the most important pieces of gear for underwater exploration; giving humans the ability to dive into the ocean; a whole other amazing world filled with life. Beings that the main goal of this organization is to increase awareness about ocean preservation through the use of the arts, I decided to construct my very own SCUBA mask model, using various plastic items (2 empty pudding containers & 1 straw)-
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While observing this model, I couldn’t help but wondering…..how does plastic tie into pollution as a whole, and more specifically the ocean. After researching, I was stunned-

— 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.

— Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.

— The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.

— Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in our oceans.

— Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one liter bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world.

— Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.

(All facts credit to EcoWatch.com)


Ultimately, much like the SCUBA mask is crucial to diving, conservation is vital to the sustaining and preservation of Earth’s magnificent oceans, which face many threats from humans and our refuse. Thankfully, it all starts with us — by spreading the word creatively and giving the facts, more and more individuals will be attracted to such a worthwhile cause, which will help to further initiate concern for caring for the ocean. May we recognize what an awesome responsibility we have to be good stewards of what we’ve been given; most definitely including our world’s spectacular oceans!

The Film

Hello friends and followers! 🙂

I am sfcamster, more simply known as Cam, and I am the founder of this organization. I am a 14-year old kid who would like to do something about the issue that litter is having on the ocean. To aid efforts in achieving this, Turning the Tide has been born.

Turning the Tide is using art to raise awareness about the effects litter has on the ocean, a wonderful, beautiful environment of balance on the home we call Earth.

As a starting project, I am working on a film for the organization.

This film should be an alternating sequence of film by the ocean and symbolic film starring an origami fish designed by Davor Vinko. I have requested his permission to use it in a film, and he has granted it. 😀

The film should be short (2 minutes or under), and I hope it provides an image for Turning the Tide. As a voiceover to the film, I have planned to read poetry. I can write the poem, but I thought it would be much more interesting if one of those who read this post gave it a try!

So I request that if you would like, please submit a poem that could be chosen for the film. It should be short to moderate in length (100-300 words) and revolve around what you appreciate about the ocean. 

I, or one of the members, can then do a read of it over the film. You will be given due credit in the video. 😉

Thank you so much for your time.

Turning the Tide: An Art Project

Welcome to the official website of Turning the Tide, an ocean conservation organization.

Turning the Tide is addressing the problem of lack of ocean awareness on the issues of dead zones and plastic pollution. To battle this deficit, this organization is using art of all forms, making those problems the prime subjects. Painting, photography, writing, sketching, film, and any other creative arts will be used to raise awareness for the effect of pollution on the marine environment.

Currently, the ocean is facing several dangers—pollution, oil spills, climate change, and more are all hammering down on one of the greatest resources. The target of Turning the Tide is narrowed down to mainly pollution, which is not only destroying some of the beauty of the beaches but contributing to deaths of species all around the globe. The National Ocean Service states that over 70% of the planet is covered in water, which shows that wherever pollution originates, it can have an effect on the planet. The mission of Turning the Tide is to educate the public about the effects of plastic litter abuse, animal agriculture, and overfishing as well.

While Turning the Tide mainly targets pollution, the problem of overfishing must also be addressed. Astounding numbers of fish get caught in nets or are discarded as by-kill. This is destroying a large part of the ocean as well—the life beneath its very waves.

Through many methods, most prominently social media, Turning the Tide endeavors to capture its readers and watchers through one of the farthest-stretching words in our language—art. Using litter as art and making it a highlight of the organization, Turning the Tide will be raising awareness on how even trash can be beautiful when properly disposed of. By making pollution and overfishing a subject in the art, Turning the Tide will be targeting those problems, too.

Turning the Tide looks to raise awareness not only about these particular issues of the oceans, but the beauty that exists of this incredible world beneath the waves.