Celebrities working with WildAid through conservation efforts - Sir Richard Branson & Yao Ming

Richard Branson speaks out again Rhino poaching in Africa (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijrCLmsQgaI&list=UUPUPiqnkzeYhvbTJJ-cv-vQ). There has been a horrific increase in poaching of rhinos in South Africa. Prior to 2006, illegal killing of rhinos was being maintained at consistently low levels. Since 2008, rhino poaching in South Africa has skyrocketed year on year, culminating in a total of 448 rhinos killed in 2011. The face of rhino poaching has also changed, with trusted wildlife industry professionals adding to the ranks of the more traditional poaching demographic. Unfortunately, there is no indication that the rhino poaching crisis is coming under control, as rhino deaths continue apace despite the government responses to combat poaching, including the deployment of Army personnel along the border between KRUGER NATIONAL PARK and Mozambique.

Most of the Rhino horns are being exported to Asia, as it is believe to have medicinal powers, which could not be further form the truth!! In fact, Rhino horn is made from the same material as your finger nails. It is time to educate consumers and put an end to this poaching. The Rhinos of Africa are critically endangered and need to be protected. 

Get involved and learn more #Wordlrhinoday  - Sept 22nd 2014

Please learn more about conservation efforts and donate to the great cause of protection and conservation at the following links:

http://www.wwf.org.za/what_we_do/rhino_programme/   

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/18/world/africa/south-africa-record-rhinos-poached/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2725873/

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Should we stop eating Fish altogether??

A very interesting and thought provoking article by Oceanographer (and TED Prize winner) Sylvia Earle (TED Talk: My wish: Protect our oceans).

Sylvia presents the idea of giving the Oceans a chance to heal which is critical, but also discusses the concept of choice, and being aware of impacts of what we 'chose' to eat. Primarily we eat animals that eat plants (Cows, pigs, chickens, lamb etc). Eating fish is one choice that we make that is out of the ordinary, as they are not raised to be eaten, but to the contrary play a vital role in supporting the ecosystem that makes up the Ocean, which in-turn provides life for the earth (filtration, oxygen, weather patterns, climate control etc). Offsetting that ecosystem and killing the ocean will have unquantifiable consequences on the rest of the planet. 

Humans choosing a plant based diet is best, but if not, consider only eating animals that eat plants. When last have we served a carnivore at dinner? A lion or an Eagle?  

Its very important that we recognize this balance and stay within our (mankind's) limits.

Please read more in Sylvia's fantastic article:


Looking for Quick & Simple ways to Contribute to Marine Conservation? Try some of these!

101+ Ways to Make a Difference

Take Action For Threatened & Endangered Species

http://marinebio.org/oceans/conservation/local.asp

Try to keep things in perspective. Be mindful of the big problems, but focus on solving them through the things we can all do everyday to help reduce them.

Develop a positive outlook:

  1. First, accept that you are only able to control your actions and responses to changing conditions around you.
  2. Take responsibility for your actions in all things. It sounds simple but being accountable to yourself will help you make the necessary changes.
  3. Stop to consider the consequences of your actions (if I choose to do this, what will be the result?).
  4. Lead by example! If you can change, then it just might inspire others.
  5. Remember that one person can make a difference. Small accomplishments add up quicker then you might think. Remember, no matter what your economic standing, you can help save the environment and money at the same time. You the consumer drive the market; products are made because you buy them. If you buy products that are better for the environment it will become profitable for companies to respond to the demand for environmentally-friendly products. It really is that simple.

Other easy ways to make a difference... 

  1. Learn to scuba dive if you want to experience the underwater realm. Diving is safer now than riding a bicycle, and, if you really like what you see when you're diving you can keep it forever! How? Take a digital camera or even a video camera with you!
  2. Only purchase seafood from retailers that support sustainable seafood, such as Whole Foods and others that carry the Marine Stewardship Council's seal of approval.
  3. Patronize restaurants that recognize the need to consume seafood sustainably. Visit the Chef's Collaborativefor a list of restaurants in your area.

Help Secure a Living Ocean, Food and Prosperity

Our old friend Paul Martin is trying to do something to help save our Oceans and needs our help. Martin is now the commissioner of the Global Ocean Commission, a body of 18 prominent former politicians and heads of major international organizations who are trying to formulate politically and technically feasible short-, medium- and long-term recommendations to address four key issues facing the high seas:

  • over fishing
  • large-scale loss of habitat and biodiversity
  • the lack of effective management and enforcement
  • deficiencies in high seas governance.

The commission has developed a five year plan, which will cause some economic challenges for many countries in the short term , but will lead to much healthier Oceans which will provide food, fresh air and a healthy planet for years to come. Essentially, the proposition is to impose laws on countries that restrict them from abusing the high seas, where there are currently no regulations against overfishing, dumping waste and plastics, offshore drilling and more. 

This unregulated zone makes up 64% of the Oceans. By protecting this area it will allow for a much larger healthy zone where fish populations can grow, coral reefs can continue to play their vital role in maintaining the Ocean's ecosystems and the environment will be protected from oil spills and poor drilling and exploration practices.

Please read more on Mission Ocean and also sign Paul Martin's petition to save our Oceans!!

US gets Serious about Climate Change

The Obama administration is taking steps in the right direction by setting new standards for power plants and energy generation. Too much of today's energy is "Dirty" energy, causing a significant rise in C02 levels world wide. 

Large countries like Mexico and China have also said that they will be implementing new practices to increase the amount of renewable energy generated. This will help slow down Climate Change both in the short and long term. 

Read more at: http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/?222458/US-gets-serious-about-climate-change

100% Renewable Energy may not be so Far Fetched after all... at Least not for the Germans.

The Germans are quite often leading the way in technological advancements in the world, but they are doing exceptionally well in the Green energy sector. Whether it be wind energy or solar energy they just seem to be ahead of the rest!

Sure Toronto has ONE windmill down by the waterfront, but what is Canada as a whole doing to move towards renewable energy???? 

The sate of Schleswig-Holstein, in Germany is aiming to hit 100% renewable energy by the end of this year and will continue to generate 300%, 3 times what they need to sell to other parts of the  country.  As a whole, in 2013 renewables met 25% of Germany’s domestic electricity demand. The government has a target of 40-45% by 2025.

It's time to get on board Canada! We have MILLIONS of acres of open windy space where we could be generating renewable wind energy.

Read more about Germany's success:

 http://www.the9billion.com/2014/06/30/german-state-poised-to-reach-100-renewable-energy/

Amazing Solar-Powered Water Wheel Removes Tons of Trash from Baltimore river!

Such a simple yet effective concept! Powered by the river's current, the water wheel turns and removes 50,000 lbs of trash in ONE day. Why don't we have one of these in every river??

Putting these in the mouth of every river before they dump into the Oceans would significantly reduce the amount of trash and plastic that ends up in the ocean every day!  

Read more about this incredible invention at:

http://ecowatch.com/2014/06/25/solar-water-wheel-trashbaltimore-inner-harbor/


What does Sustainable Seafood Mean????

What does Sustainable Seafood Mean????

Everyone today is trying to claim that their Seafood is "Sustainable"... but what does that really mean? It depends who you ask. If you go into Metro or Loblaws (grocery store) all of their seafood is all of a sudden sustainable, but according to who? 

As consumers it is important to understand that their are different certifying organizations that will give a fishery the stamp of sustainable practices.

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Help protect the Sumatran Orangutans and their Rainforest.

Protect the Leuser Ecosystem, Declare it a World Heritage!

The government of Aceh, Indonesia, are about to legalize the development of numerous roads through the Sumatran Rainforest. Not only will thousands of acres be destroyed in the process, but this will open up huge areas, previous unaccessible, to palm and other plantations, timber, and mining. There is very little habitat left for these adorable primates and those they share the forest with. They need as much help as they can get to preserve their home!

Please take a minute to sign the petition to declare the Leuser Ecosystem a world heritage site!

Protect the Leuser Ecosystem, Declare it a World Heritage! 

http://www.sumatranorangutan.org/save-aceh-campaign


Global Ocean Commission Calls for Sweeping International Reforms

Very good article on ways to protect and re-rejuvenate our oceans!

An international panel of former heads of state, government ministers, and prominent business leaders is calling for world leaders to protect the ocean by adopting a sweeping "five-year rescue package."

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140624-global-ocean-commission-report-high-seas-fishing-environment/


Source: Nationalgeographic.com


Welcome to my blog!!

I have started this blog for those who are passionate about this incredible planet that we call home and all the great stuff that it has to offer. Whether you love to travel, are into wildlife photography, passionate about wildlife conservation or just being aware of what is going on in the world and how you can help out with certain issues, you may find my blog of interest. 

I will provide updates on various conservation efforts that are being made around the world from the jungles to depths of the oceans as well as bring awareness to different issues where we as individuals can help out for a greater cause. 

Feel free to check in when you have some time and see what new info or ideas are posted on my blog. 

 

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