Why Hawaii is working to ban common BUT DEADLY sunscreens

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BRAVO HAWAI’I, seeking to ban the DEADLY Oxybenzone sunscreens. (most chemical sunscreens)

Here’s the nutshell about oxybenzone in sunscreens:
1, that’s ONE, drop in 4 million gallons of water (that’s more than 6 Olympic sized pools of water) is DEADLY  to the zoozanthelae (the colored symbiotic single celled algae that gives coral its coral and its photosynthetic life.
Here’s the other key:  even if you don’t go in the ocean, when you shower here in Hawai’i, the stuff goes to wastewater treatment and ultimately, in to the ocean, where the oxybenzone levels are higher.  All it takes is a drop.
We may need more of our ALBA and other healthy mineral sunscreens, but is that not a teeny price to pay to save our dying coral reefs?
AND, why doesn’t anyone talk about the dangers of oxybenzone to humans.  A colleague of mine at the famed NEW ALCHEMY INSTITUTE. warned me about sunscreens in 1980, when she completed a master’s degree on the health of sunscreens for humans, and found only two that were not carcinogenic.  I’ve been using ALBA ever since.
It’s time all the hotels on the coasts take the lead in this important campaign so Hawai’i can lead the world in consciousness and legislation of products that harm our reefs.
Please dispose of yours safely and take the lead yourself to actively protect the reefs.

Me ke aloha,


About The Rama Exhibition

Calley O’Neill is a highly respected artist, muralist, visionary designer and social ecologist from the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Journalists have described her art, which spans four decades, as ethno-visionary, dynamic, symbolic and breathtaking. Calley finds her expression through classical glaze painting in mixed media works, public murals, stained glass and mosaic. Her landmark Healing Gardens of Makahikilua master plan for North Hawai’i Community Hospital in Kamuela received national recognition among top landscape architects in the field of therapeutic garden design. A great team player, Calley’s input raises the bar and sparks innovation toward healing the Earth and its inhabitants. Journalists have described her as ‘a way-finder’, ‘a life giving force’ and ‘a force of nature.’ Calley is known for exceptional quality draftsmanship, a crystalline mastery of glaze painting, stimulating diversity, relentless experimentation, and her love of the Earth and humanity. Her magnum opus is Rama, Ambassador for the Endangered Ones, and she continually works on the exhibition paintings in her Waimea studio and her plein air pop-up studio and tree gallery at the Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, where she is the Artist in Residence. Her paintings are both visual prayers and wake-up calls. Calley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude from Pratt Institute, New York (1974) and a Master’s Degree in Social Ecology from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont (1977).
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