Actions for Animals
Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa
Category: Help a species: Whales & Dolphins
Sometimes you see something on the internet or on television that really hits you hard and makes a point extremely well.
I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you. Please share it with everyone you can.
The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet. It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish. I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself. Here it is:
Thank you, Gravitas.
Please vow to make a difference today.
Find out how to reduce your impact on the earth's resources here.
So with the best will in the world, there will be times when we forget to bring along a re-usable bag, or we need to buy a plastic bottle of water.
And we think, “Oh dear, I shouldn’t have done that. I must be more organised next time,” or “Oh dear, that’s one more bottle to add to the millions that will end up in a whale’s stomach…” or “I must do better next time” or “Oh well, it doesn’t happen very often” etc etc
Well, the Marine Conservation Society have come up with a way to help us all overcome those moments of guilt!
Donate your guilt to the Marine Conservation Society!! Yes, you can now donate your guilt and help the MCS continue its work to stem the plastic tide.
You can donate in different ways:
- Donate money
- Donate your time – clean up a local beach, for instance
- Donate a share online with this idea – let’s spread it about!
Remember, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse Repurpose, Recycle. I repurpose all the water we don’t use e.g. in water glasses – it goes straight onto the garden.
Donations will help the MCS organise more beach cleans and run more campaigns to encourage the UK government to bring in vital legislation. It will also help them hold companies, industry and governments to account.
A Greek conservation group has created the world’s first dolphin sanctuary!
The Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation created it for dolphins who have been rescued from captivity.
It’s on the island of Lipsi, south of Samos in the eastern Aegean.
The hope is that these rescued dolphins will have a safe place to live out their lives, and also end their exploitation in zoos and marinas. They say there are nearly 3,000 dolphins in captivity around the world and hope that by providing this sanctuary, they will help change worldwide perception of animals in captivity.
It is hoped that the knowledge gained by helping these dolphins can be used by scientists around the world. The Institute exists to defend nature. It has over 20 years research and now it’s taken action to create this first dolphin sanctuary.
The Institute aims to defend the biodiversity of Greek seas and islands, and also the north eastern Mediterranean.
Greenpeace has announced some great news.
The majority of the krill fishing industry has agreed to voluntarily stop fishing in sensitive Antarctic waters. And it’s backing the campaign for ocean sanctuaries in the Antarctic.
Penguins, whales and other Antarctic wildlife that feed on krill will be very relieved.
And when the Antarctic Ocean Commission meet in October to decide on a massive Sanctuary, the influential krill industry won't be standing in the way.
Greenpeace started campaigning on the krill industry back in April. And the public piles on the pressure –
- Over 45,000 emails went to Holland & Barrett calling on them to ditch krill oil products fished from areas that need protection.
- Over 11,000 tweets and Facebook messages went to Boots, calling on them to stop sourcing krill oil products from sensitive Antarctic waters
- Stickered krill products with the message on Holland and Barrett and Boots shelves nationwide,
- Visited over 30 Boots shops with 'krill-o-meters' which asked people to choose between an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary and industrial krill fishing.
More people contacted stores stocking dodgy krill products. Superdrug, Morrisons, Nature’s Best and others listened to customer concerns.
Greenpeace says, “This is a major step forward on the road to protecting the Antarctic. With many krill fishing companies now joining the 1.7 million people across the globe already calling for an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, we are looking ahead with hope to the Antarctic Ocean Commission's meeting in October.”
Do your bit and add your voice
The UK Government is part of an Antarctic Ocean Commission which has pledged to protect the Antarctic, so you can urge it to stand up for ocean protection and support the creation of the world’s largest Antarctic ocean sanctuary.
Play a part and add your voice to get governments to act and protect the Antarctic.
Sign the petition Greenpeace has got and add your voice. Penguins, whales and marine life need you!