Not that long ago, Toronto, CA. banned sharkfin soup and I was clapping my hands. I had sent out a petition to the different politicians as they from http://www.sharkangels.com recommended you did if you also think that sharkfin soup is a horrible, antiquated act of cruelty.
Little did I know that the very country I grew up in, the place I called home for so many years, sell sharkfin soup in almost all asian restaurants. I learned that today. My entire life has been directed towards marine biology and conservation; I have dedicated everything I have ever done to that cause, but I didn't know that Denmark openly and unashamed sells sharkfin soup.
I am shocked, horrified and ashamed that Denmark is part of the trade of shark fins. But now I do know and so will everyone I know in denmark too. And I hope that you, whoever you are and where ever you are, will check out for yourself and see if your country allow sharkfin soup and other sharkfin products to be sold and if they do, that you will take a stand against it.
Join http://www.sharkangels.com and join the world wide battle for the sharks. Check out this site too and see what you can do to help: http://unitedconservationists.org
Check out the video below and also Rob Steward's 2006 masterpiece movie Shark Water (http://www.sharkwater.com/)
We need sharks and right now they need us. So please, see what you can do, because together we can do a whole lot.
On July 24, 1978, a boy was born. A boy who would grow up to become a legend. Andy Irons ment so much to the surfing world that his loss leaves an incomprehensible void behind. On Nov. 2nd 2010, Andy broke all of our hearts, when his stopped beating. I remember showing up at my office in the biology department of a university in denmark, getting on with my morning ritual; a cup of coffee and a look at www.surfermag.com to see what had been going on. Then I remember seeing the "RIP Andy Irons" banner on the top of the page and I felt cold. Because it couldn't be true. But it was.
Andy Irons surfing was the most alive anyone has ever been. It was raw, powerful and passionate. It was why people all over the world would stop their busy lives and pay attention for a while, while Andy was in the water.
There will never be another Andy Irons. But I sincerely hope that any and all surfer out there, from the youngest grom to oldest most hardcore soulsurfer, will take a page from the A.I book and surf with more heart and fire than possible and with a style larger than life.
This video was made by Matt Beauchesne for the SURFER POLL 2010 and it is nothing short of a masterpiece. All credits to M.B.
No one, like Andy Irons. R.I.P
SurfAid views its mission to improve health and wellbeing as an invaluable investment in the future of the Mentawai and Nias people. Key stakeholders are our communities and individuals, regional government and partner non-governmental organisations. Our programs represent an integrated approach to improving health and wellbeing and we seek lasting improvement through cost-effective, high-impact interventions.
SurfAid, in partnership with communities and government, works to prevent disease, suffering and death through educational programs and health promotion that aim to change poor health behaviours and reduce the risk from natural disasters.
SurfAid’s goal is to empower communities to help themselves and build local capacity so their improved health resilience is sustainable. We advocate health and wellbeing for all and create collaborative relationships with other stakeholder groups wherever we can so as to further sustained change in behaviour and development.
Our community based health programs involve education in nutrition, hygiene, healthy environments, and disease prevention - including mosquito net distribution. In response to an unfortunately frequent need, we have built an award winning capacity in Emergency Preparedness and have delivered practical, locally-based Emergency Responses.
SurfAid is an organisation that I am truly proud to support!
click here:http://www.surfaidinternational.org/ or on the banner for more info.
Today I was fortunate enough to be named one of the winners in the "Year Of the Bat" photo competetion. It's a big honor and I am very thrilled and proud.
Here is a link to the site: http://www.eurobats.org/YoB_photo_P_winners.htm
Also check out this link to see what's going on in the world of Bat Conservation: http://yearofthebat.org/ Help the bats out,
Have a great weekend.
In case you hadn't figured yet; the ocean is my passion and so are the cetaceans of the worlds oceans. This great shot is of bottlenose dolphins and is from Surfers for Cetaceans http://www.s4cglobal.org/ . Follow them to learn more about how to help keep the oceans clean and how to make sure that we are fortunate enough to have cetaceans in our oceans in a few years aswell.
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So take a quick look at the video below. It's from an organisation who does some very important work and you can help in a very simple way. Limit your use of disposable plastic bottles. http://www.onebottleforlife.com for more info!!
How's it going?
Today I'd like to mention this one particular organisation who is helping change the lives of a lot of kids and young peole in a very unique way.
"Skateistan has emerged as Afghanistan’s first skateboarding school, and is dedicated to teaching both male and female students. It aims to build indoor and outdoor skateboarding facilities in which youth can come together to skateboard: here, they forge bonds that transcend social barriers. Here, they’re enabled to affect change on issues that are important to them"
This organisation is not about learning to read english or teach math, its about allowing kids to be kids in some of the most rough places on earth. They often need new volunteers with different backgrounds and it isn't a requirement that you can skate. Maybe you know how to build a ramp or you can help out organizing a fundraiser? Also, they have a really sweet Online Shop where you can buy the coolest merchandise and at the same time support a really, really great cause: http://skateistan.org/content/skateistan-shop and we have christmas coming up closer and closer, maybe someone could use the insanely cute Skateistan Afghan Scarf, I know I could. :-)
Take care, have a great Friday.
If you like me get sad and annoyed when you walk on the beach and see plastic bottles, fastfood wrappers and plastic bags just thrown everywhere, check this site out: http://www.surfrider.org/
This is how they started:
" A little over 25 years ago three people in Malibu, California found out that their favorite wave was about to be destroyed. Think about that for a second(…)Those three people organized and worked with the local municipalities until they were satisfied that their efforts to preserve that iconic wave would be successful"
One of their important campaigns is the Rise Above Plastics mission:"Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets and sidewalks. Rain or overwatering flushes that litter through a storm drain system or directly to creeks, streams and rivers that lead to the ocean. After plastics enter the marine environment they slowly photodegrade into smaller pieces that marine life can mistake for food, sometimes with fatal results. Ocean gyres concentrate plastic pollution in five main areas of the world’s ocean and various research groups are bringing back alarming data documenting plastics impacts. Simple local actions can help make an impact to solve this global issue. Join us in protecting the coast and Rise Above Plastics!"
I have been a member of Surfrider Foundation for a few years now and I am very impressed with all the good work they do.
Here is how you can help out. http://www.surfrider.org/take-action
Thank you. Now, go to the beach, pick up a piece of trash and have fun!!
I just want to draw attention to this very brilliant organisation: Waves For water.org. They provide clean water for people in places without.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCK_SoL0Gfs&feature=related This video is a MUST-SEE for anyone.
And here http://www.wavesforwater.org/clean-water-couriers/ is how you can help. With absolutely minimum effort you can make a huge difference in someones life next time you travel. There is NO reason to not do this.
Thanks for stopping by,
My interests besides photography include; Nature, surfing, marine biology & conservation, reading, all things & activities ocean related and travelling all over this incredible planet.