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"Be the change you want to see in the world" ~Mahatma Gandhi

All around the world and right here in New Zealand, there are a multitude of community projects and organizations working to improve our local and global environment.

The health of our oceans, wildlife, and environment are tied together with our own lives and futures.

It is vital that we get involved in the cause for our planet's well being, even if its from the comfort of your own home!

Eco-Odyssey brings information to you, so find out how you can help with the click of a button.. Scroll down this page to find sections on community and school projects, as well as environmental tips and how to become a sponsor!

Be part of the movement and find out what you can do to help protect your land, oceans, and planet...

 

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August 31st, 2011

Save Japan's dolphins!

What you can do to help end the slaughter of Japan's dolphins

On the 1st of September, Japan will commence its annual 'Dolphin Hunt' or 'Grind' in the isolated coves of Taiji. Every year this nation carries out a deliberate attack on wild dolphins found in this area, and the hunting season will last until the end of March 2012.

Last year, Japan was responsible for the death's of 850 dolphins and sold an additional 171 individuals to the captivity trade.

Protesters, campaigners, and activists are currently getting ready to attempt to halt the grind, including kiwi Kerry O'Brien. The New Zealand single mother of three has dedicated a lot of her time and energy defending Dolphins, including travelling to Taiji, Japan and protesting at the Japanese consulate in Auckland, NZ.

Tomorrow marks the opening day for the hunt, and O'Brien will be ready with a petition signed by 5,000 supporters outside the Japanese consulate. Activists against the slaughter of Dolphins are using media outlets like Facebook to raise awareness about the Taiji attacks, and calling upon people around the world to make phone calls, send emails or faxes to the Japanese consulates in their area.

If you are interested in lending your support to this very important cause (and you live in Auckland!), you can head to the Japanese consulate at 135 Albert Street, Auckland from 12-3pm tomorrow September 1st. Wherever you find yourself in the world, you can write you're local consulate or visit any of the following sites for more information on Dolphin hunts in Taiji.

For an in-depth look into the threats Dolphins are facing in this small Japanese village, Eco-Odyssey's 'Threatened Species' page features articles on this topic...Just scroll down the page!

http://www.eco-odyssey.com/main/hot-topics/endangered-species.html

Dolphins are beautiful, intelligent, and peaceful mammals deserving of protection from human exploitation and violence. Please "Get Involved" in this cause, we need all the help we can get in order to put an END to this vicious attack on Dolphins.

"The Cove" is a groundbreaking documentary about Taiji's annual Dolphin slaughter, learn more here: http://www.thecovemovie.com/

"Save Japan Dolphins" is an Earth Island Institute Project, for more information link here: http://www.savejapandolphins.org/

To read the news article highlighting Kerry O'brien's efforts to help save Taiji's Dolphins, click here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/5539343/Protest-planned-against-dolphin-hunt

 

 

August 27, 2011

Consuming sustainable fish

The importance of knowing where and how your seafood is caught


The majority of people purchasing food from supermarkets assume that the items they are buying and feeding to their families are safe, nutritious, and dependable. Rarely do we think about where our apples, milk or meat have come from or how long it has taken for each item to reach our local grocers. However, today's agricultural sectors are governed by a very small number of producers and manufacturers, and the same goes for our fisheries industry. A handful of massive industries may control entire regions of land exploited for agriculture and livestock, while a small number of countries dominate fishing on our world's oceans.

The Global Fisheries industry is a worldwide multi-billion dollar business focused on yielding huge profits from huge catches. There are millions of vessels constantly fishing our seas, and boats are getting bigger and faster and using various methods to catch the maximum amount of fish. Due to trawling, long-lines, and driftnets, about half the amount of fish caught around the world annually are unwanted species often thrown back into the sea as by-catch. Nearly 27 million tons of fish is discarded every year with fishing nations doing little to adopt better fishing practices capable of reducing the incidence of by-catch.

China is the world's leading fish producer, and since 1979 the Chinese fishing fleets have expanded 6 times to become the most powerful nation fishing all over the world. Along with other fishing nations, China must compete for fishing grounds, and fishermen must fish harder to reach quotas. The "Industrialization" of fishing has taken its toll on our living oceans, and all the while fisheries management is failing to respond in favor of sustainability or protecting the future of fish stocks around the world.

It is now our responsibility to become knowledgeable about our food sources, especially when consuming seafood. There are few marine species that are not suffering from overfishing, but there are ways to find out what types of fish have strong populations and have been sourced in an ethical manner. Only the consumer can insist on having sustainable fish labels on products, and information such as fishing method, region fished, and stock estimates readily available from our fish counters.

Billions of people depend of seafood as their primary source of protein and although the oceans make-up the majority of our planet, they are not inexhaustible resources. If we want to ensure we have enough seafood to enjoy for generations to come, there needs to be a huge awakening to the current fishing trends, as well as a participation from the consumers concerned for the state of our oceans and the way in which their food is sourced.

Please be conscious of what species of fish you are buying, and become aware of the impact we can have by making informed and sustainable seafood choices.

Here are some ways you can become involved in a much needed global movement towards restoring our global fish stocks. By reducing our catches of threatened species, restricting our harvesting efforts and improving fishing practices on all levels, fish could continue to nourish us and the oceans in the future. But we need to contribute to this change by insisting on ethically sourced seafood and refusing to consume species that are endangered.

Become involved in your food future!

Please link to these various sites and feel free to read, download and print the recommended fish guides...

Marine Stewardship Councilhttp://www.msc.org/

David Suzuki's Sustainable fish guidehttp://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/eat-for-a-healthy-planet/suzukis-top-10-sustainable-seafood-picks/

Fish to avoid from Greenpeacehttp://www.greenpeace.org/international/seafood/red-list-of-species/how-on-the-red-list

Sea choicehttp://seachoice.org/

The New-Zealand Seafood Industry councilhttp://www.greatestmeal.co.nz/Great_Fish_Guide

 

August 4th, 2011

"Plant a Fish"

This fantastic, unique, and interactive program created by Fabien Cousteau is simply inspiring.

"Plant a fish" (PAF) focuses on truly effective ways to help our ocean environment recuperate from centuries of human exploitation. With a hands-on approach based around education and restoration, this project's brilliance shines through each participant evoking change.

Choosing key locations throughout the planet, PAF involves local communities, teaching them ecological principals and sustainable resource use, shaping people into powerful stewards for the environment.

By encouraging participants to feel the power of their efforts, PAF will surely build a new generation of ambassadors respectful and protective of our blue planet.

Eco-Odyssey would like to invite you to visit "Plant a fish" on their website, and learn about the individual programs (Oyster, Hawksbill Turtle, Mangroves, Coral Reefs) helping life in the ocean once again grow strong.

Spread the word about PAF and play an active role in nurturing our oceans, and ensuring a healthy future for us all.

♥ http://www.plantafish.org/how-it-works.aspx

June 2011

 "FOREST AND BIRD: Giving nature a voice"

This conservation group works to improve the condition of plants and animals, on land and in the ocean. A New Zealand based initiative, Forest and Bird have ongoing projects and causes continually updated on their website.

Click here to view: www.forestandbird.org.nz

One current effort is centered around the banning of "SHARK FINNING", which is still legal in New Zealand. Providing fishermen bring back the shark carcasses to shore, they can use and sell the fins. This is a hard law to monitor and given the continually increasing demand for shark fins, there is enough evidence to support unlawful shark finning occurring in our waters.

If you are against shark finning and would like to support Forest and Bird in its fight against this atrocity, here are ways you can get involved:

Public displays or awareness events: For help and information contact Kirstie Knowles at k.knowles@forestandbird.org.nz

Talk about this issue, pledge your support and say NO to shark fin soup!





Did you know?

Green Sea Turtles are the only herbivorous air breathing reptile in the sea!

Due to their exclusive diet of sea grass and algae, their green flesh and shell make them a popular source of food and leather goods.

It takes up to 20 years for a green sea turtle to reproduce, making them very sensitve to exploitation.

They are now listed as an endangered species worldwide.

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