The past few weeks have seen some great things for the movement to protect our oceans and the wildlife within!
On the 14th of February, I was honoured to be able to talk amongst some amazing environmental campaigners on the issue of marine conservation- I also got to talk a little about my In Our Hands project also! I was joined by my favourite young campaigner and good friend, 9 year-old Isabel Dow, the youngest member on the advisory board for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, also present was Australian conservation icon, Bob Irwin (father of Steve Irwin), turtle and dugong conservation advocate, Colin Riddell and young shark conservationist Madison Stewart to name a few… We spoke outside of Queensland Parliament, and a few MP’s came out to hear what we had to say! It was a fantastic day, which brought a lot of awareness to the issues also! You can watch my speech below!
More great news for our friends in the sea followed this week when Cove Guardian hero and my good friend, Erwin Vermeulen was not only (finally) released but was found not guilty for false ‘minor assault’ claims made against him by workers involved in the dolphin slaughter and captivity industry in Taiji, Japan.
I was standing next to Erwin on the day of his arrest on the 16th of December last year- he was put in jail without any witnesses or evidence of his guilt. Needless to say, the case put forth against Erwin was lacking and did not hold up in court- and Erwin’s integrity whilst being in jail made for an embarrassing day for prosecutors only yesterday, when Erwin was freed and found NOT GUILTY! For a legal system that boasts a 99% conviction and confession rate, Erwin defied the odds and retained his innocence until the end… You can read more about Erwin’s case here.
The Japanese Government‘s efforts to take legal action to stop Sea Shepherd from thwarting their attempts to kill over 1,000 sentient beings for profit in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary was also rejected in US court this week, read about that story here.
With all of this great news, I am more and more determined to continue my fight to protect our ocean wildlife! My current focus is getting support for my ‘In Our Hands’ campaign, comprised of the youth project and the documentary. For those of you who would like to know more about it and how to get involved, click here.
I’ve decided that this project will continue to run until the end of this year- when I will hopefully present the sheets to our Australian Prime Minister (whoever it may be at the time!) and the Minister for the Environment. In June, I am aiming to travel to the United Nations conference for Sustainable Development in Brazil to present the sheets there aswell! So if you’re working on sheets at the moment, try and get them in before the end of May! If I can’t make it to Brazil, I will find another way or event to present the sheets on a global scale! 🙂
Very soon I will be heading on another trip to dive and film underwater for my documentary, ‘In Our Hands’ So stay tuned for photos and videos! 🙂
If you’d like to support the In Our Hands project, you can get involved by making a sheet, contacting local media in your area to get interest going, or donate to help me with my mission to inspire and educate young people to protect our oceans! Or, if you’d like to sponsor the project, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Have you submitted your letters to the Australian Government to help our oceans yet????
As mankind have allowed these conservation issues to occur, turns out we are the ONLY species that can stop and reverse the effects that our decisions have on the environment! The only way in which we can do that is by urging our governments to protect our oceans! It takes ONE minute of your life to save thousands of species! ONE minute less of your time that you would have probably wasted on Facebook anyway 😉
1. Click HERE to enter your submission to urge the Australian Government to protect the Coral Sea and create the largest marine sanctuary in the world!!
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2: Click HERE to send your email to the government to help protect the 600 tonne of (~78,000 individual) sharks taken every single year from within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park…
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