just yesterday i got back from the Make A difference Marine hui on motutapu island in the hauraki gulf. some of the stuff spoke about there really changed my perspective, i was just going to add afew foot notes to my normal blog, but that doesnt get this issue the publicity it needs so ive started a whole new blog, dedicated to the marine environment we all know and love.
no matter where you are in the world, even if your in the middle of Russia or Australia or Asia, any where, the ocean plays a part in your life. here in New Zealand we love the ocean for recreational reasons but the ocean also plays a huge role on the ecnomic front. and i guarantee the ocean helps out your econmic role somehow.
the world is 70% ocean, so why do we call it 'earth'? in theory it should be called sea. having this much water means that we can be affected positively or negatively by the ocean, we have the economic and recreational positive but we also have hurricanes and tsunamis. the ocean is not to blame for the increase in numbers of tsunamis, its us.
We have created pollution.
We have destroyed rich areas of the ocean, and the land.
We have made species extinct.
this little text box is from WWF http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/biodiversity/biodiversity/
weve all heard about the Dodo, the T-Rex, the Moa and the Sabre Tooth Cat but have you heard of the Blackfin Cisco, the Steller's Sea Cow, the Great Auk, the New Zealand Greyling or (this one is really cool)
that last bit was from this site ... http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/how-species-actually-gone-extinct
i know all of this may seem like a waste of time, but if you are still reading i thoroughly thank you and hope that you come back or share this website with one other person. because if you tell one person, and then that one peron tells another person and so on, weve made a big difference!
im going to share some handy links now :)
love your coast is here http://www.loveyourcoast.org/
WWF (world wildlife foundation) is here http://worldwildlife.org/
project jonah is here http://www.projectjonah.org.nz/
D.O.C (department of conservation) is here http://www.doc.govt.nz/
sustainable coastlines is here http://www.sustainablecoastlines.org/Kia_Ora/Welcome___Projects_to_sustain_and_protect_our_coastlines/Welcome___Projects_to_sustain_and_protect_our_coastlines.html
and lastly, NZSA is here http://www.nzsharkalliance.org.nz/ if your against shark finning in NZ the last one is really good with lots of info, a nice poster and a great petition.
although i speak lots of new zealand this blog is universal and i want to spread this message to as mnay people as possible.
'Our pollutunts, our plastics, our attitude is what is affecting the marine nvironment. the time for making excuses is over, the time for change is upon us. in todays world people seem to pay more attention to there actions and the consequenses that follow. pick up your rubbish, use reusable bags. Re-use, recycle, reduce, re-think, refuse, repair, repost, reprise and reiterate. You might think there are only 3 R;s but when you think there are so many more and we have to introduce them all to our family and friends. we have to stop the rubbish from ending up in the streets. i'm not saying if its a windy days and the wind steals your piece of rubbish from you and throws it onto the road you should rush over and risk injury, but you should do your bit, place your own rubbish in the bin. the rubbish you drop on the ground, say that chip packet, could still be in the world hundreds of years laters, or worse, the murder weapon used to kill an innocent animal. rubbish goes down the storm water drains in our citys and enter the ocean, we need to stop this, but to that, we need help. tell as many people as you can about changing there perception on rubbish and its connection to its ocean.'