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We encourage youth, parents, grand-parents, teachers, and community members to become "ocean stewards" by taking simple actions! There are many issues involved in creating healthy oceans, fisheries and wildlife, so pick one that bothers you the most [loss of ocean fishes, shark de-finning, bottom-trawling, ocean pollution, destruction of ocean reefs from human actions, etc.] and do something today! Literally, it only take 1-2 minutes to voice your opinions to government ocean policy makers by signing online petitions... and it DOES make a difference!
INSPIRING EXEMPLARS & ACTION STEPS :
~ Adobe's "Youth Voices Program" empowers youth to creatively use video, audio, digital photography, animation and Web design to explore and comment on their world, and take an active role in their communities.
~ International Young Eco-Hero Awards - 2008 applications due February 28, 2008.
~ Patagonia's "Oceans As Wilderness" campaign web-pages have an inspiring "call to action" by Dr. Sylvia Earle, a petition to sign, and a list of actions you can take to protect our wild ocean.
~ Youth Environmental Activities in the Asia-Pacific Region
~ Some "Action Steps" from the World Wildlife Foundation's "BioDaVersity Code" project.
~ Urge your US state senators to sign the United Nations' Law of the Sea Treaty by signing a simple, online petition today! http://www.nrdconline.org/campaign/nrdcaction_013008
~ Sign Oceana's petitions to tell Iceland to stop whale hunting; Japan to stop slaughtering dolphins and porpoises; Canada seals; and stop mercury pollution of our lakes/seas and therefore fishes!
~ Do your part at home to stop global warming which affects climate change [and the health of our oceans and ocean fishes and wildlife].
~ FOR TEENS: get inspired by student "action research" projects targeting critical education and community issues. Might give you some ideas about creating a public awareness ocean project.
~ The Marine Fish Conservation Network has "fact sheets" about current fisheries issues, petitions to sign that will help create legislation for creating sustainable ocean fisheries, and an e-newsletter for staying up to date on fisheries management issues.
~ Island Community EXEMPLAR: The Chumbe Project aims at building environmental awareness in Zanzibar. The Chumbe Education Program sponsors local school visits to the island, prepared through in-service teacher training workshops and the development of teaching aids.
~ EXEMPLARS to inspire kids, families, and teachers & governments: Year of Turtle -UNEP Campaign 2006 = 100+ Action Events w/kids & public.
~ TEEN ACTIONS on behalf of our oceans
~ YOUTH ACTION GUIDES: Step-by-step guides to make environmental and other community projects happen via groups [from calling a politician, to contacting the media, and fundraising].
~ FAMILY ACTION: Purchase and eat ONLY fishes that are not already endangered by carrying a "Seafood Watch" pocket-guide card from the Monterey Bay Aquarium's website.
~ FAMILY ACTION: Where you can buy "sustainable seafood" rather than those fishes that are near collapse. Marine Stewardship Council has a international listing.
~ TEACHERS: "Teachers Place" at Monterey Bay Aquarium [classroom planning and resources].
~ International campaign to protect and restore the world's oceans by preventing pollution and protecting marine life. http://www.oceana.org/index.php?id=1507
~Help improve ocean management and protect wildlife from human impact. Different ways to take action e.g sign petition, myspace, etc.
~ Website about green living, health, protecting the environment,and otherglobal concerns. Focus is on how one person can make a difference. Lots of action-taking opportunities.
~ This website allows you to register an activity or event that is related to the goal of increasing awareness about the effects of climate change in particular on polar communities. Encourage people to become active agents of sustainable development.
~ Calculate your carbon emissions and learn how individuals can help by making CO2 reductions.
~ Offset your carbon footprint and support the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions equal to your carbon emissions.
~ This website shows how flying by plane makes a huge contribution to global warming and encourages one to look at alternatives modes of transport.
~ Practical and profitable solutions to individuals, governments and businesses to reduce impact on environment. http://www.climatesolutions.org
~ Ways to make your home more energy efficient, eco-action plans offered for consumers and organisatons.
~ Collaboration of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working together to address global issues such as climate change.
~ Provides solutions for businesses and public sector to cut their carbon emissions by saving energy.
~ Clean Air Cool Planet’s Campus Climate Action Toolkit for colleges and universities
~ US Environment Protection Agency’s State Action Plans. Model can be applied for individuals, communities governments etc.
~ Collective commitment of different governments, local and national to contribute to sustainable development.
~ BUSINESS leadership groups offer strategies and case studies towards goal of improving the environment and protecting against adverse effects of climate change.
~ GreenBiz is an information resource for small and large businesses on how to align environmental responsibility with business success.
Thank-You! to WANGO intern, Sarah Hanna, for her assistance with this web-page info.
"Hammerhead" by Jahi Nielson, 8th grader at ICE, NYC
[Institute for Collaborative Education/a project partner]
This ocean wildlife may be headed for extinction!
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