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Category: Help a species: Whales & Dolphins
Care2.com have a petition about an enormous oil refinery on St Croix in the US Virgin Islands.
It has laid dormant for nearly years – it was forced to shut down after committing dangerous environmental breaches.
Donald Trump re-opened it in his last weeks of office - his full plan went into effect on 4 February 2021.
Three days later, Care2.com say the sky rained oil.
A vapour cloud released by the refinery went up into the air, glided to the community of Clifton Hill which is nearby, filled homes, gardens and toys – and then it burst, a mixture of petroleum and water covering cars, toys, and more with oil.
This was over two months ago.
Residents say the oil is still stuck to food sources such as avocado and fruit. It cannot be washed out.
The island is surrounded by marine life – coral reefs, sharks and whales. If the oil keeps going into the soil and water around the island, it could poison people and animals for years to come.
There is a huge human rights issue as well.
Care2.com say that most of the residents are black, descendants of Africans who were enslaved and brought to work on sugar and cotton plantations.
The Biden administration has already started an investigation and revoked a number of permits.
But the plant is still open.
Please tell the Biden administration to shut this toxic oil refinery down. Force its operators to clean up their pollution.
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.