Some links to organisations, charities and other people who I care for and feel strongly towards and therefore want to support as much as possible –
“Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.”
One of the former founders of Greenpeace taking further action where Greenpeace failed to go, the organisation is determined to fight for the rights of the animals that hep sustain our oceans. Donate through the site, volunteer for work upon one of their ships or buy a T-shirt from them. Profits go straight to Sea Shepherd and they minimise administration cost unlike other charities where only 20% of you money goes into helping the work they do, with Sea Shepherd unto 80% of your money goes in their fight for marine species.
Marine Megafauna Foundation
“The Marine Megafauna Foundation was created in 2009 to research, protect and conserve the large populations of marine megafauna found along the Mozambican coastline. ‘Megafauna’ are large marine species such as sharks, rays, marine mammals and turtles.These animals are key components of marine ecosystems but, as they are long-lived and have low reproductive rates, their populations are usually the first to be reduced by human pressures. Fortunately, they are also amongst the most charismatic animals on the planet and engender a high degree of public interest in their biology and conservation, making them useful ambassadors for the whole marine environment.”
I came across these guys whilst diving in Tofo Mozambique and was immediately struck by how passionate they are about the marine animals living on their coastline, so happy to share information and dedicated to their work that I gladly support them anyway I can mainly through spreading knowledge of the work they do. If you are ever in Tofo please stop by Casa Barry Lodge to see one of their presentations and to help in anyway you can.
“Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet – one dive at a time.Over the past two decades of underwater conservation we’ve learned that divers are true leaders in ocean protection. We’re ocean heroes numbering in the millions across the globe. We believe together our actions will make a huge impact and will help to rescue the ocean.
With new programs and more online resources than ever before, Project AWARE supports an unprecedented global movement of divers acting in their own communities to protect oceans and implement lasting change.
We’re focusing in on two major ocean issues –Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, or trash in our ocean. Truly, there are many conservation issues converging on our ocean planet at once, but we’re concentrating on these serious problems where scuba divers are uniquely positioned to directly and positively affect real, long-term change in these two areas.”
I was only introduced to Project Aware through diving and PADI and now fully support their actions and have contributed in many beach clean ups over the past few years to help save our oceans. I have also told all the students that I have certified (plus many other divers) about this organisation and their message and actions are growing stronger every year.
Buddy and Me
I met Steve Heath in a campsite in Namibia, in fact it was not hard to meet him as he was quite conspicuous in a loud off road highly visible dune buggy. We enjoyed a long chat over dinner about the work he is doing in Africa, particularly South Africa on a subject that I didn’t even know was so prolific in Africa – child rape.
His life changed dramatically when his 8 year old granddaughter was raped by a 12 boy. In 2005 he decided to do a big fundraiser around Africa where he could learn as much as possible about child rape whilst talking to and highlighting the facts to as many people as he could on the way. Since 2005 Steve has travel from Cape Town to Cairo and back a few times but is still focused on the mission of spreading the word in streets, schools and campsites all over Africa. In South Africa ALONE there are an estimated 500 child rapes PER DAY Of these rapes only 13% get reported (often enough it is a family member that rapes the child) Of these reported rapes only around 18% of the offenders go to court and only 5% are convicted, and South Africa has the most equipped and specialized police forces in Africa. That means from the original 500 only 1 person per day is charged in South Africa alone.
You can read his stories and blogs here and also donate if you have time.
Gary Peart Photogrpahy
Great friend, diving and travelling buddy and the person who first got me into diving – Gary Peart and his wife Trish have now got their own website documenting the travels they have made in the last 9 years. I have known Gary since I was 17 and I have been meeting up with Gary and Trish over the last 5 or so years in many different locations throughout the world, ranging from central America to Australia to SE Asia. They have a beautiful life where they make me constantly jealous, by going off on some amazing trips around the world. They have shared their adventures throughout their travels on their blog site and within the last year Gary has upgraded his camera equipment to D800, Nauticam Housing, 2 Inon Strobes and a beautiful glass dome port. Take a peak at Gary Peart Photography