Photo by @BrianSkerry
The United Nations team used one of my Mako Shark photographs, along with a portrait of me to create this unique image - I am a mako shark! I have partnered with the Wild for Life and Clean Seas campaigns, run by the United Nations Environment Program, to help spread the word about the threats our oceans and the animals within them face, and how you can help me address them:
I’m sure you’ve been confronted with many of the issues threatening our oceans today - melting ice caps and rising sea levels, major oil spills and overfishing threatening marine animals. You probably seen pictures of sea turtles choking on plastic or maybe you’ve heard about coral reefs dying globally due to the effects of climate change. All these problems and many more are pushing our oceans’ ecosystems to the brink of collapse.
Without healthy oceans, humans cannot survive. Over half the oxygen we breathe comes from the oceans. They regulate the climate and make our planet inhabitable for humans and are key in our fight against climate change. Oceans are also home to around two billion species and around three billion people are dependent on the oceans for food.
I am therefore calling on you to help me and UN Environment in our efforts to protect them.
There are many things you can do to help save our seas and marine life:
… you can say no to single-use plastics and step up your recycling
… you can be an advocate for marine protected areas
… you can vote for a government that supports climate action and conservation and so much more!
And you can spread the word! Go to the Wild for Life website to find your kindred marine species (link here - http://bit.ly/2Eh8b5g). The website also has lots of facts to learn more about our planet’s breath-taking marine biodiversity. My kindred species is a Mako shark!
#LifeBelowWater #WildForLife #WorldWildlifeDay! #CleanSeas