Australian Charity of the Month – Sea Shepherd Australia
~ March 2018
For over four decades, Sea Shepherd has been using direct action tactics and information campaigns to protect marine life and inform the public of their plight. Whilst their tactics may be opposed by some, there is no denying that those same tactics have resonated with many, launching Sea Shepherd into the international spotlight. Today, Sea Shepherd is a global conservation organisation and we are proud to support Sea Shepherd Australia in their continued fight to defend, conserve and protect our oceans.
With March being the designated month for Clean Up Australia Day, World Wildlife Day & Earth Hour, we’ve decided to focus on conservation & the environment for the month of March, and in particular, the plastic polluting our land and oceans, clogging our waterways and killing our wildlife.
In 2016, Sea Shepherd joined the battle against plastic and launched Operation Marine Debris. The campaign aimed to raise awareness of the harmful effects of marine debris and microplastics on wildlife and human health and to encourage consumers to make smart choices and consume less plastic where possible.
Since then, we’ve seen many consumers opt for reusable shopping bags and non-plastic drink bottles. This movement continues to grow and expand as more consumers choose to avoid single-use plastic items (straws, cutlery, food and beverage containers, balloons etc.) and innovators begin to create alternative, non-plastic products.
In a recent ABC News Article, it was reported that an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic went into the ocean in 2010. While that estimate seems staggering, what is even more alarming is the reference to the doubling of the amount of plastic being produced globally about every 11 years. “To put that in other words, between now and 2028 we will produce as much plastic as we produced [from the 1950s] until now.” ~ Dr Chris Wilcox of CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship.
Now more than ever, the message being advocated by environmental organisations like Sea Shepherd needs to be heard. We need to keep the momentum going & consumers need to make smarter choices and start consuming less plastic. It’s consumer demand for less plastic product, the result of information campaigns, that has effected the changes we’ve seen, and it’s consumer demand that will continue to drive the movement forward.
March 4th is Clean Up Australia Day. It’s a great opportunity to get out there and help prevent the plastic on our beaches, in our communities and in our local waterways from entering our oceans. Visit the Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign Australia facebook page for a list of clean up events. Alternatively you can visit the Clean Up Australia website for clean up sites in your area. If you can’t join a group, maybe take a walk and spend a few moments picking up litter as you go. Every bit helps.
If you’re ready to start ditching plastic, you can easily find sustainable & environmentally friendly products with our eco-friendly Australian online retail partners. In supporting our partners by shopping online from our website, your purchases will also support and raise money for your designated cause or Sea Shepard Australia! Donating to Sea Shepard Australia has never been easier.