Actions for Animals
Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa
Category: Wildlife Habitat: Ocean & Sea Conservation
There are some amazing people doing great things for nature and conservation.
On the island of Siquijor in the central Philippines, Women have got together to protect marine sanctuaries from poachers and illegal fishers, even though they only have paddles and kayaks. They are prepared to risk their lives to protect there are.
The waters are full of rich coral reefs and fish diversity – but they are being impacted by both illegal fishing which has impacted on the coral reefs and reduced fish diversity and its abundance, and climate change.
This video tells the story of the women. One woman has been shot at – but she is determined and her efforts resulted in the arrest of the person shooting at her.
Watch and be inspired…
The video was supported with a grant from the Earth Journalism Network.Source: Mongabay.com
Find out more about Arctic Sea Ice Day with Polar Bears International
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The 15th July is Arctic Sea Ice Day.
Polar Bears International want to draw attention to the critical role that the Arctic and its ice plays in our climate, not just for polar bears but for us.
The problem is that the sea ice – which acts as an air conditioner, cooling the planet – is melting. So Arctic Sea Ice Day is a chance to find out more and why this matters.
- Learn about the State of the Arctic in 2020—another year of extremes
- Take a quick dive into this icy world and learn 9 Facts About Arctic Sea Ice
- Follow Polar Bears International on Instagram for a series of sea ice posts and stories
- Visit their Arctic Sea Ice Day page to learn how you can make a difference: pledge to vote with the climate in mind and push for a shift to renewables
- Donate or adopt to support our effort
Plus you can join in:
July 15th at 11 a.m. Central Time
Join experts on sea ice and polar bears to learn all about the Arctic ecosystem, the current state of Arctic sea ice, and why it is important for polar bears and people around the world.
July 15th at 4 p.m. Central Time
Why would a whale, a mammal that needs access to the surface of the ocean to breathe, live where the ocean is covered in sea ice most of the year? Learn about why belugas need sea ice and join us to celebrate the launch of the Beluga Cam
Rapanui have an unusual offer this weekend!
Their Buy One, Get One Tree offer has a twist – an under-the-sea twist. They’ve teamed up with the Marine Conservation Society to help protect seagrass.
This underwater grass is crucial in the fight against climate change.
Why? Well, seagrass absorbs 10% of the ocean’s carbon every year.
In fact, estimates are that seagrass can capture as much carbon per hectares as trees in UK woodlands. And seagrass is vital for marine life.
Unfortunately, 35% of seagrasses worldwide have been lost or damaged over the last 40 years – so Rapanui want to help the Marine Conservation Society do something about it.
This weekend (until midnight Sunday 14 June 2020), every order on the Rapa store will help the Marine Conservation Society protect 5 square feet of this wonder-plant in the UK's seas!
Visit Rapanui here – they have a wonderful range of t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, bundles, shirts and more!
Help #WorldOceansDay grow the movement to protect our blue planet, using #ProtectOurHome
The 2020 Focus – or theme – is all about uniting conservation action to grow a global movement calling on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. This essential need is called 30x30. If we can safeguard at least 30% of our ocean through a network of well protected areas, then we can ensure a healthy home for everyone!
Two things you can do:
First, sign the petition calling on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. Today, only 15% of land and 7% of our ocean are protected – and the aim is to protect 17% of land and 10% of ocean by the end of 2020.
Many of our world leaders however need a really good kick up the backside if these are to increase. They don’t quite seem to understand that the natural world provides critical resources which sustain life on earth. We need clean air to breathe. We need clean water to drink. We need good food to eat. We need medicines. We need the resources the natural world provides. Animals need it too.
So let’s give them a good kick up the backside and campaign for nature: Sign the petition here
Secondly, take a good look around the World Oceans Day website and see what is happening. There are resources you can download and use to spread the word. Some of these are for specific marine species such as sharks, rays, seals, hammerheads, turtles, dolphins and penguins. Others are for areas such as corals. And they come in different languages, too.
Speak up for nature - there are resources you can download from the World Ocean Day 2020 website
There’s a guide you can download on how to use social media – it’s a PDF – plus banners and posters.