In the 1960s and 1970s, caring for sick and injured native animals was almost unheard of. There was little knowledge, no specialist foods, and very few people who were even interested. I remember the first animal I ever rescued; a pink & grey galah that I found on the side of Kalamunda Road near Guildford Cemetery, injured after being hit by a car. Using my nursing knowledge I applied the same principles of care to that bird as I would have applied had I been treating a child, and it recovered. Even after developing a treatment regime though, building my knowledge and skills over many years in order to better care for native animals has been very much a matter of trial and heart-breaking error.
I also look back at how society’s attitude towards wildlife has changed. All those years ago, no one regarded it as important to protect native animals. In fact, they were considered a nuisance. In the semi-rural hills districts, native animals, particularly birds, were pests that ate the cash crops of orchardists and farmers. It seems a paradox to me that it is only now, when native species are under the greatest threat from the activities of people, that the public’s awareness of and interest in conservation has finally caught up to the issue.
I am 79 years old now and I have been working with native wildlife for almost that long. My family has been involved, my friends have been involved and Kanyana has moved out of my backyard and onto a large property with specialised facilities. Building the Kanyana Wildlife community into what it is today has taken a lifetime, and I am determined that the people within that community should be able continue their important work after I am gone.
Acquiring funding has always been a challenge for us. We are not supported by the government, but instead rely wholly on the general public for donations, corporate sponsorship, and grants issued for specific projects. This is why I, along with some other equally passionate people, have made Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Inc. a beneficiary of my will. It gives me enormous peace of mind to know that my financial legacy will allow Kanyana to continue operating in the future, and that I will still be contributing to the conservation and care of native wildlife in years to come.
For more information about making a contribution to Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, refer to the Kanyana Wildlife website, www.kanyanawildlife.org.au, or email email@example.com.]]>
We have been told many times that we “can’t” run the programs we describe with middle and high school students. Prospective teachers tell us that “it would be too far above their heads” or “too challenging for them to complete”. Other teachers who do research with high school seniors, claim there is so much background information needed to do these projects it takes them weeks to prepare students. There is an expectation in education that 7th-12th grade students cannot do graduate style or independent research projects. That their lack of prerequisite skills would lead their experiments to failure and a waste of class time. This is wrong.
To be clear we aren’t claiming that every middle school science class can produce projects worthy of publication in Nature. Rather, that grade school students are able to come up with original project ideas, creative ways to test their hypotheses, and think critically about their data. Will they run in to roadblocks and fail in some of their attempted experiments? Almost certainly, but so do graduate students and even the most renowned scientists. Are we properly preparing out pupils if we expect them to “pass” all of their worksheets and assignments, while most scientific discoveries leave a string of null hypotheses in their wake? Does our fear of failure hold us back from challenging students learn difficult topics?
I know first hand that just because 8th graders haven’t taken college statistics to learn about T-Tests, does not mean they can’t look at two averages and discuss the relevance of the variation comprising each average to the difference between the two. Without a doubt, these students chased their experimental ideas to dead ends that a college student would have had the foresight to avoid. The crucial part is that these dead ends did not become FAILURES, but instead points of discussion on: why might things not have worked out, what could they do differently next time, and how can we still answer the question we set out to. If success in the only acceptable outcome for our students, then we are limiting ourselves as educators in the expectations we can hold them too.
Given the right framework, students can learn just as much from a failed attempt at something than a successful one. Just because their experiment failed does not mean students didn’t met standards, master content, and learn new skills in the process. Moreover, learning from failure offers a more reflective and deeper learning process. Once students are no longer afraid to fail, they are able to learn things beyond our expectations.]]>
What’s that you say? 1% for the Planet does #earthdayeveryday? It’s April, earth month, and we are celebrating those environmental players that work on our big blue planet all day every day.
Earth Day is meant to inspire. Remind us to keep the planet in focus when we act. Invite people to think differently. It takes 1 action, 1 person, to make change and to make 1 a REALLY big number.
1% for the Planet is on a mission this April; to show the world the power of 1. We want to raise $11,111 in April, to show the world that earth month matters. Help us with this modest goal. With a $25 donation to us, you are able to support one of the largest environmental networks in the world, and you get a really amazing photo book and mix tape too! Going Out Is Going In brings together an extraordinary group of top photographers and musicians to support us, thanks to ambassadors James Joiner, Jeff Johnson and Patagonia for making it so.
Need a way to #giveback to your employees, friends, colleagues, or mothers? Celebrate #earthdayeveryday with your donation and receive a gift of Going Out Is Going In for each $25 donation.
If you care deeply about protecting our waterways and you are based in the U.S., then 1% for the Planet has two great opportunities for you.
If land conservation and reforestation are issues that are close to your heart, please consider the following actions.
When: Saturday, April 18th, 11AM-7PM PT & Sunday, April 19th, 11AM-6PM PT
Where: Alameda Park, Santa Barbara, California
The Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is a two-day, 35,000 attendee event hosted by 1% for the Planet nonprofit partner, the Community Environmental Council. As one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the nation, Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival focuses on engaging communities into action to support and protect the planet. Will you be there? We will be. Drop Brook a line.
When: Wednesday, April 22nd 12-1PM EDT
Join Honest Tea, Klean Kanteen, Three Twins, Earth Balance and 1% for the Planet for a Twitter party to kick off Earth Day. On April 21st, we’ll uncover how some everyday items in your cart are helping to make our planet a better place. There will be a number of awesome giveaways from 1%ftP member businesses, don’t miss out! #HonestEarth. Contact Nikki with questions.
When: April 22nd, 4-10PM
Where: Beijing, China
1% for the Planet members Patagonia and Cora Limited present the first annual Beijing Earth Day Festival, featuring live music, a charity auction, presentations, movie screenings and more, to raise awareness of environmental programs in Beijing.
Contact Zhao Hong of Cora Limited for more information.
When: Wednesday, April 22nd, 6:30-8:30PM EDT
Where: Impact Hub, Washington, DC
Join 1% for the Planet, 4P Foods, American Sustainable Business Council and our members for a lively conversation about making sure sustainable businesses have a strong voice in the policy debate. Questions? Contact Kate. RSVP.
When: Wednesday, April 22nd
1% for the Planet member Wean Green is so excited to be celebrating their 5th annual Earth Day Birthday Scavenger Hunt! They expect this year to be their best year yet and they want you to come play! Contributors share clues on their social media channels that contestants follow until they reach the finish line. One lucky person will win the grand prize full of products from the amazing contributors. The first clue will be posted on Wean Green’s social media on April 22nd. Join us!
Dates: April 22nd, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR; April 24th, University of Louisiana Monroe, Monroe, LA; April 30th, Merrimack College, Andover, MA; May 1st, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA; May 2nd, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Half music tour, half environmental campaign, the CCT aims to inspire and activate students in an electric atmosphere while leaving a positive impact on each community the tour visits. In addition to educating and mobilizing students, the tour is run to have a minimal environmental footprint. CCT is a project of REVERB, an environmental nonprofit dedicated to educating and engaging musicians and their fans to take action toward a more sustainable future. REVERB has worked on over 150 major tours (Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, fun., Jack Johnson, etc.) and created CCT specifically to engage students right where they live – on campus.
Dates: April 16th, Ventura, CA; April 23rd, Bay Area, CA; July 24th, Seattle, WA: August, 20th, Portland, OR; September 11th, Boulder, CO; TBD, Bend, OR
1% for the Planet is excited to be partnering with one of our nonprofit partners, Conservation Alliance for their Backyard Collective Event Series. Backyard Collective events bring together member companies, employees and like-minded nonprofit partners for a day to get all of us out of the office and get our hands dirty; doing good work to preserve and protect the open spaces in our own backyards. Projects include trail work, invasive species removal, and others that make a difference in local communities and ecosystems. This event features 1%ftP member companies Patagonia, Toad & Co., and Elemental Herbs. Interested? Contact Brook.
The Rovaltain Scientific Foundation is specialized in the research marketing by the organization and the management of research projects to make work the best laboratories and research organisms on priority themes in Environmental Health. Furthermore, the Foundation broadcasts the scientific knowledge in Environmental Health to a wide public including students, industrialists, environmental managers but also the general public. To do it, the Foundation organizes various events as scientific meeting, thematic days, training courses and puts a lot into editorial projects.
To carry out its mission, the Foundation leans on a scientific council of 9 international personalities.
The Rovaltain Scientific Foundation opened, in February, 2015, two calls for projects of research i) to increase the knowledge on the effects of emerging pollutants on the ecosystems and ii) to facilitate the mobility of the young researchers in environmental sciences. This call for projects is endowed with 500,000 Euro. The best project selection is in progress. The prize-winners will be known at the end of the year. To complete this action and because the research in Environmental Health must be international, the Rovaltain Scientific Foundation supports the organization of international scientific networks to allow the exchanges of knowledge and skills. It will organize this year the French-Czech Days of the Bioscience.
To broadcast scientific knowledge, the Rovaltain Scientific Foundation organizes a course of thematic lectures: The Thursday of the Foundation, which allow to communicate with the general public the stakes and the results of research on the effects of pollutants on the human health and ecosystems.
Yes, a manatee would be sure to vote early and often for Restore America’s Estuaries’ “Living Shorelines” program because living shorelines not only protect the people and infrastructure of coastal communities, they also benefit the wildlife that live in the waters around these communities.
By clicking the link above, you can help Restore America’s Estuaries win a generous grant to facilitate the use of living shorelines in coastal communities nationwide.
You can also easily help us by re-sharing our announcements about the contest via our socials feeds on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
Unfortunately for manatees, they can’t vote in this contest. You, however, can. What’s more, you can do so once per day through May 15.
Bookmark the link, or set a daily reminder in Outlook, Gmail, or iCal, to help you remember to vote to save our coasts every day.
A manatee would do it for you.
For more information on Restore America’s Estuaries, Living Shorelines, or other ways you can help protect and restore America’s bays, sounds, and other estuaries, please visit www.estuaries.org or manatee-mail us at lspeidell (at) estuaries (dot) org
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Ken Wroy is a luxury men’s underwear brand inspired by the creative energy of New York City. At Ken Wroy we believe it’s important to exude style at every level. We don’t stop at caring simply about consumer satisfaction; rather, we go a step further to ensure that our product and company’s impact on the environment is a positive one. We choose 1% for the planet because Ken Wroy cares about conveying transparency in the way we execute and produce our brand. Our Chief Underwearist hails from India, lives in the United States, and manufactures in Colombia, and throughout all her international experiences she has witnessed how different geo-cultures care or neglect to care for their environment.
Ken Wroy’s pledge of conveying Luxurious Responsibility is evident in our partnering factory’s compliance with all twelve principles of the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) Certification. We regularly visit our production site and have developed close relationships with our seamstresses and printmakers. Ken Wroy refuses to use any solutions that contain animal enzymes or bi-products, instead we employ the use of only skin-friendly silicone textile washes.
Ken Wroy emotes style from the inside out, from our responsible mission to our visually striking prints. We simply believe- ‘With great style comes great responsibility’. That is why we care all the way, from how we make our products to the environment we live in.]]>
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We led off with a keynote address by Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator. Immediately afterwards, there was a panel that included Russell Smith, deputy assistant secretary for International Fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who is responsible for overseeing NOAA’s work with other countries to ensure that fish stocks are sustainably managed. This panel talked about the report from the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud and their much-anticipated implementation strategy. President Obama had directed the Task Force to issue recommendations on steps the government could take to prioritize actions to address IUU fishing and protect these valuable food and ecological resources.
Malicious But Delicious, The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s Atlantic Lionfish Cookoff: One evening, we gathered to watch seven renowned chefs from different parts of the U.S. prepare lionfish in their own special way. TOF Board of Advisors member Bart Seaver was the master of ceremonies for this event, which was designed to highlight the huge challenge of removing an invasive species once it has started to thrive. Traced to fewer than 10 females who were dumped in the Atlantic off of Florida, lionfish can now be found all over the Caribbean and in the Gulf of Mexico. Promoting their capture for consumption is one strategy that is designed to cope with this hungry predator. The lionfish, once popular in aquarium trade, is native to the Pacific Ocean where it is not the all-consuming, rapidly reproducing carnivore that it has become in the Atlantic.
I found this event particularly interesting because TOF’s Cuba Marine Research Program is undertaking a project to answer the question: What level of manual removal effort is necessary to reduce local invasive lionfish populations in Cuba, and mitigate their effects on native species and fisheries? This question has been tackled without much success elsewhere, because confounding human effects on both native fish and lionfish populations (i.e., poaching in MPAs or subsistence fishing of lionfish) have been difficult to correct for. In Cuba however, pursuing this question is feasible in a well-protected MPA such as Jardines or Guanahacabibes National Park in western Cuba. In such well-enforced MPAs, the catch of all marine organisms, including lionfish, is strictly regulated, so the effects of humans on both native fishes and lionfish are a known quantity—making it easier to determine what needs to be done in order to share with managers throughout the region.
Coastal Business Sustainability: Managing through Crisis and Resiliency through Diversification was a small breakout session held after lunch on the first day that gave us some great examples of local Louisianans working to make their fisheries more sustainable and more resilient to big events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (2005), and the BP Oil Spill (2010). One interesting new line of business that some communities are trying is cultural tourism in the Bayou.
Lance Nacio is an example of one local fisherman who has worked hard to improve the quality of his shrimp catch—he has virtually no bycatch thanks to using a well-designed Turtle Excluder Device and he makes every effort to ensure that the shrimp are of the highest quality—sorting them by size on board, and keeping them cold and clean all the way to market. His work is much like that of TOF project “Smart Fish,” whose team was on-site last week.
Preventing Human Rights Abuses in Seafood Supply Chains: Facilitated by Tobias Aguirre, executive director of FishWise, this six-member plenary panel focused on expanding efforts to identify ways to improve accountability in the entire seafood supply chain from catch to plate. There is little doubt that the affordability of wild fish in US markets is due in part to the appalling working conditions found on many fishing trawlers, especially in southeast Asia. Far too many fishing boat workers are virtual slaves, unable to go ashore, either unpaid or paid far below a working wage, and living in crowded, unhealthy conditions on minimal diets. Fair Trade USA and other organizations are working to develop labels that assure consumers that the fish they eat can be traced back to the boat from which it was caught—and that the fishermen who caught it were decently paid and voluntarily there. Other efforts focus on working with other countries to improve enforcement strategies and to step up monitoring of the supply chain. To learn more about this topic, watch this short powerful video on the topic.
Ocean Acidification Panel: The SeaWeb Seafood Summit chose The Ocean Foundation as its blue carbon offset partner for the conference. Attendees were invited to pay an additional carbon offset fee when they registered for the conference—a fee that will go to the TOF SeaGrass Grow! program. Because of our diverse projects that relate to ocean acidification, I was happy that the panel dedicated to this critical issue was well-designed and repeated how certain the science is on this threat to the ocean food web. Dr. Richard Zimmerman of Old Dominion University pointed out that that we need to worry about ocean acidification in our estuaries and tributaries not just the nearshore environment. He is concerned that our pH monitoring is not in the shallowest areas and often not in the areas where shellfish farming is taking place. [PS, just this week, new maps were released that reveal the extent of ocean acidification.]
Aquaculture: Such a conference would be incomplete without a great deal of discussion on aquaculture. Aquaculture now makes up more than half of the global fish supply. A number of really interesting panels on this important topic were included—the panel on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems was fascinating. These systems are designed to be wholly on land, thus avoiding any of the water quality, escaped fish and escaped diseases, and other issues that can stem from open pen (nearshore and offshore) facilities. The panelists offered diverse experiences and production facilities that offered some great ideas about how vacant land in coastal areas and other cities might be put to use for protein production, creating jobs and meeting demand. From Vancouver Island where a First Nation land-based RAS is producing Atlantic salmon in clean water on a fraction of the area needed for the same number of salmon in the ocean, to complex producers such as Bell Aquaculture in Indiana, USA and Target Marine in Sechelt, BC, Canada, where fish, roe, fertilizer and other products are being produced for the domestic market.
I learned that overall the use of fish-based feeds for salmon production is dropping drastically, as is the use of antibiotics. These advances are good news as we move towards ever more sustainable fish, shellfish, and other production. One additional advantage of RAS is that land-based systems do not compete with other uses in our crowded coastal waters—and there is significantly more control over the quality of the water the fish are swimming in, and thus in the quality of the fish themselves.
I cannot say that we spent 100 percent of our time in windowless conference rooms. There were a few opportunities to enjoy some of what the weeks before Mardi Gras offer in New Orleans—a city that lives precariously on the brink between land and sea. It was a great place to talk about our global dependence on a healthy ocean—and healthy populations of the plants and animals within.
Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation
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