#ClearTheShelters on 8.19.17

It’s that time of year again!

This is the 3rd annual Clear The Shelters event where participating animal shelters will waive adoption fees in an attempt to literally clear the shelters. This has been a successful incentive in getting families out adopting since it doesn’t come with a high initial price tag. When pets come from facilities like these, they are more likely to be prepared for a home. They usually have up-to-date vaccinations and are spayed or neutered. Not only that but animal shelters have plenty of resources to help with new pets and information that’s more local to you. Petco now offers a Free New Pet Parent Starter Guide that has a bunch of coupons for supplies you may wanna check out.

Interested in giving a furry friend a home? Click here to find a participating animal shelter!

Advertisements

Seabin Project “Vacuum” Cleans the Ocean

Happy World Oceans Day! With less than 2 weeks til we enter the summer season it’s crunch time to spread awareness about the ocean and its livelihood. Earlier this week I mentioned the polluted state of the deepest part of the ocean and also introduced one woman who’s inviting people to help their local communities. Today, however, I wanted to share a commercial way to help clean any coastline called the Seabin Project.

This revolutionary floating bin (shown below) acts as a vacuum for the ocean by sucking in the surface of seawater using a pump. The litter/pollution is kept and the seawater is returned back into the ocean via its mesh innards. Sounds simple right? Thanks to the Seabin Project, it really is that simple. People often think answers to environmental issues have to be as complicated as the problems they cause but that’s not entirely true.

The only down sides are that the Seabin requires daily maintenance and can only be placed in close quarters to docks, marinas, and typically calm waters. The good news in that is that floating trash makes its way everywhere along coastlines. With ever-changing technology, we can expect to see bigger and better coming out of this idea.

Summer 2017 will be the first season they are for sale. Please click here to visit their page, learn specific details about the Seabin, and the entire project.

Follow the cause on social media:
Facebook | Twitter

The 5-Minute Beach Clean-up Challenge

Hey there bloomers! Yesterday I started the conversation about oceanic pollution and how it affects the entire world. You can click here to view the World Environment Day post. But to recap here — this week I’m spending time on bringing awareness to this environmental problem that affects our entire ocean. Today I’m continuing that convo by introducing an Instagrammer who’s taking a stand against oceanic pollution, plastic use, and making it social.

Her name is Carolina and she’s from Costa Rica. She founded the Instagram @5minutebeachcleanup as a challenge to everyone all over the world. Would you sacrifice 5 minutes of your beach time to tossing trash? I think any person who naturally cares about the world wouldn’t mind at all.

As inspiring as this is, it doesn’t stop there. Carolina invites her followers to tag their own clean-up photos and may very well repost yours if you participate. You can easily tell that she’s passionate about this when viewing her pictures & captions. I had the opportunity to reach out to her and thank her for the work she’s put into such a great effort.

Although 5 minutes does not sound like a long enough time for the perfect clean-up… every little bit counts. When more people are involved, the same 5 minutes can become hours, days, and even weeks added up. Imagine how much cleaning up can be achieved in that time if we shared the responsibility locally. I think environmental change truly comes from the human conscious understanding how each of us is apart of a much larger whole. But first, think with compassion and sacrifice some 5 minutes.

This is the perfect chance to take a stand against people like Donald Trump who don’t take evidence of climate change and environmental protection serious. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids, family members, friends, colleagues, etc. about the importance of oceans, beaches, marine life, and how it relates to us.

Below are some more snapshots of this amazing cause. Please follow @5minutebeachcleanup and take part in the challenge at your local beach!

From Israel 🇮🇱✨סבבה Sababah! Cool! 💙💦💜 THANK YOU! #Repost @kelsfyfe ・・・ The future #5minutebeachcleanup

A post shared by #5minutebeachcleanup® (@5minutebeachcleanup) on

#Repost @surfrider ・・・ Let's make single-use plastics a thing of the past. 📷: @woodswheatcroft

A post shared by #5minutebeachcleanup® (@5minutebeachcleanup) on

From Mexico 🇲🇽 #Repost @guadafk GRACIAS ♥ Consciousness ♥ Education ♥ Responsability ♥ 👏🏼👇🏼 ・・・ Every day, on the beach, there are tons of plastic brought from the ocean. What if we all really take 5 minutes each day we go to clean it? – why do we expect anyone else to clean the plastic we consume every day from out beaches? – every act of kindness goes a long way. Dear Tulum voyagers; let's carry a portable ashtray, let's pick a bit of plastic every day, every little counts. Imagine if we all do it as our holiday routine? – imagine if we teach that to our kids?- But most importantly, let's be conscious of the plastic we use every day. There are ways. Let's not get too comfortable around trash. #tulum #tulumbeach #betterworld #5minutebeachcleanup #fiveminutebeachcleanup #loveyourplanet🌎

A post shared by #5minutebeachcleanup® (@5minutebeachcleanup) on

March with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (3.10.17)

On Friday, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will march from the Mall at Washington D.C. to the White House starting at 10am. This march is requesting that President Donald Trump meets with its tribal leaders to speak on respecting the rights of indigenous peoples but also the environment as a whole. This is an ongoing issue as the Trump administration continues to completely dismantle certain government operations that took far longer to get into executing in the first place.

Once upon a time I had studied as an Environmental Policy major and I found it really interesting that corporations had to produce Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) to determine whether or not large scale decisions were environmentally sound. Trump’s decisions, although not obviously funded by corporations, is nonetheless and should be treated as such too. Creating a government that doesn’t respect the environment is not one that reflects the people.

It’s a shame how far greed can take people in power to avoid the needs of a planet that has only sustained them too.

Please visit this link, read about it, and spread this information about the March at Washington D.C. with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe by clicking the link or image above. I stand with Standing Rock. I respect indigenous peoples. Most of all, I respect our earth. #WaterIsLife ✊🏽

Proposed EPA Cuts

In light of the proposed budget cuts under the Trump administration, I want to show support for something that really matters: protecting the environment. Respect should be given in the order things have been created. That makes Mother Earth first in line for what’s owed here. As decisions are being made to drawback strict policies that conserve what’s left– I think it’s important for individuals who care about the environment to spread awareness in their daily lives. We need to fulfill the roles that will change the future of humanity.

Protecting our environment also protects the future of everything as we know it.