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Happy Earth Day 2018!
Today we should take a moment to appreciate nature and our Earth, as well as make small steps to a more sustainable world.
Try to make changes to your lifestyle to become more environmentally friendly, like cutting out plastic and saving energy. You can also sign petitions to make your voice heard by clicking the link in my bio.
One day won't do... we need to take care of the environment everyday.
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The Trump administration has announced the beginning of a planning process to allow for exploration and leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, barreling forward with plans for destructive oil and gas drilling and disregarding the serious biological, cultural and climate impacts fossil fuel extraction will have in the rapidly-warming Arctic. Investing in oil development in the Arctic takes us in exactly the wrong direction on combating climate change.
The land is also ancient ancestral land for indigenous tribes, who are fighting against the expansion of oil on their land.
We continue to see the half wit toddler in the White House attack the environment for the benefit of him and his cronies. No matter what your political views are, we cannot allow anyone use their power to destroy what belongs to us: the Earth.
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HUGE NEWS!
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After years of campaigning, the European Court of Justice has just ruled that increased logging in the ancient forest of Bialowieza allowed by Poland’s former Minister of Environment, Jan Szyszko, was illegal. This ruling comes into effect immediately, meaning that the current Minster of Environment has to cancel all logging straight away. This is a huge victory as Bialowieza is a huge old-growth forest with ancient trees and overall is a mainly untouched ecosystem with many rare species such as lynxes, wolves, many endangered birds as well as the largest remaining European bison herd, yet its size is just a fraction of the ancient natural lowland forest that once covered much of Europe.
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However, although the logging that was previously rampant in the forest has now been stopped, the fight is not over yet. We now need to ensure that the forest is now completely protected as a national park.

Photo via @unbiodiversity

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LWTH (Last week this happened):
1. Trump appoints a new person to be in charge of NASA who doesn't believe in climate change, and wants to slash funding for climate change research.
2. An indigenous nation plans on building the biggest solar farm in British Columbia. The farm would supply power to 5,000 homes, and bring 4 million in annual revenue. The expansion of renewables lately is exciting and has the potential to take over fossil fuels.
3. Starbucks announced they will invest 10 million USD to create a "Next Gen" cup which will be fully recyclable or compostable. The cup will be available in all stores within 3 years.
4. The senate Environment and Public Works committee is examining Scott Pruitt's latest attempt to provide a loophole to polluters.
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Beautiful message and beautiful account! #Repost. @themothernatureproject Scientists have accidentally developed a 'mutant' enzyme that eats plastic!
Researchers in the UK and the U.S. have inadvertently engineered an enzyme that destroys plastic.
The enzyme is able to digest PET (polyethylene terephthalate)—the same material used in the ubiquitous plastic bottle that's clogging up landfills, coastlines and oceans around the world.
A solution has been found, but more must be done. Nothing can get rid of every piece of piece of plastic in the world, not even a super enzyme.
The real solution lies in every person and whether they decide to help the oceans or not by fighting plastic pollution.
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Scientists have accidentally developed a 'mutant' enzyme that eats plastic!
Researchers in the UK and the U.S. have inadvertently engineered an enzyme that destroys plastic.
The enzyme is able to digest PET (polyethylene terephthalate)—the same material used in the ubiquitous plastic bottle that's clogging up landfills, coastlines and oceans around the world.
A solution has been found, but more must be done. Nothing can get rid of every piece of piece of plastic in the world, not even a super enzyme.
The real solution lies in every person and whether they decide to help the oceans or not by fighting plastic pollution.
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5 million tons of plastic go into the oceans each year.
By 2050 their will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.
This is a wake up call to stop plastic pollution.
Every individual can make a difference by reducing their use of single use plastics, recycling, and helping clean beaches. "One piece of plastic won't make a difference" says 7 billion people.
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Urgent petition! Link in bio!
Dolphins, whales and other marine mammals are being mercilessly killed off the coast of California by a fishing practice intended to catch swordfish, but which indiscriminately scoops up other species.

Rare sea turtles, sea lions, whales, and sharks are among the species that are ending up helplessly entangled in these huge driftnets. These non-target species are known as “bycatch” and some are even threatened or endangered. For instance, in 2017, two endangered sperm whales were entangled and killed in the California driftnet fishery.Sadly, driftnet fishing has an astonishingly high bycatch rate, with estimates for some nets as high as seven to one. This means that for every swordfish being caught in these nets, as many as seven other marine animals may become collateral damage. The California driftnet fishery has an estimated 65 percent bycatch rate.
Though many animals die when they become entangled in these driftnets, undercover observers also confirm that in some cases, live bycatch is being severely maimed and unceremoniously discarded overboard as waste rather than being freed.
Please sign to stop the slaughter which is being caused by driftnets!
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Eco-news!
New Zealand has announced they will no longer grant permits for offshore oil and gas exploration. This is a big move which will facilitate a move from fossil fuels to renewable energy. It's time we urge other countries to do the same, because we will not allow our oceans to be destroyed over an unsustainable energy source.
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Would you like microplastics with that? Reason #5 to avoid polystyrene: It POISONS our food chain! Just stop and think about that for a second. Did you eat sushi or poke recently? Do you love roasted salmon for dinner? That fish might have been eating photo degraded bits of the polystyrene coffee cup lid you used five years ago when you had that deadline that couldn't wait and you were basically running on caffeine. Those polystyrene bits have collected heavy toxins over five years and the poor fishy ate them thinking it was food. Now you're eating the fish and those same toxins have now passed on to you. All because you forgot your reusable cup that morning along with the millions of others who did that very same thing that day. Now ask yourself, could you have avoided that? You sure can! Make the choice to refuse #sneakystyrene and go reusable every day! It's easier than you think.
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If asked, you could probably easily name imperiled African wildlife species: elephants, black rhinos, lions. The plights of these animals are featured in nearly every major media outlet.

Oddly, another threatened creature has received far less attention. It’s especially surprising since this is one of the most recognized and beloved of the world’s creatures: the giraffe. “There has not been a lot of research on giraffes,” says Jenna Stacy-Dawes, research coordinator for the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research. “Some conservationists are calling it the silent extinction.” Since the 1990s, reticulated giraffe populations have decreased by 70 percent. Once almost taken for granted as an abundant animal, now giraffes may be slipping away without public notice.

Fortunately, there are research and conservation efforts to understand the threats to giraffes and how they can best be addressed. Best of all, you can help in the effort – without even getting up from your computer.
Click the link in my bio to sign up for a program in which you look at trap camera photos in Kenya to record wildlife and giraffes. You don't need experience, just take a few moments to help get data on giraffe and other animal populations and movement.
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My petition website has been updated with several new urgent petitions that need your signature! Please sign it only takes a moment but can make a monumental impact.
Link in bio!
1. Urge President Trump to uphold protections for the Pacific Remote Islands
2. Enough is Enough: It's time to fire Scott Pruitt.
3. Tell Administrator Pruitt and President Trump to restore the EPA's integrity
4. Demand climate action in Virginia
Please sign these, the Earth depends on it.
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This year we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create the world’s largest protected area - the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary. This amazing ocean and it’s iconic species are under threat from fossil fuel exploitation, expansion of fishing into untouched ecosystems and climate change. SIGN THE PETITION to make this happen (click the link in my bio to take you the Petitions Area on the Justice For Earth website, then if you scroll down you will see the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary petition as the first petition.)
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PLEASE take the time to sign the petition if you haven’t already - this is the most important environmental petition and campaign of 2018 and it is essential that it succeeds. It takes less than a minute - link in bio.
Caption via @justice.for.earth
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Reefs make up less than 1% of the ocean, but hold 25% of all the marine creatures on Earth. This biodiversity has to be protected. Reefs are the home of coral which continue to be threatened by bleaching due to climate change. They also are a safe haven for many sharks, who we kill 100 million of every year. Shark populations have dropped by 90% in just decades. Countless other species need coral reefs to survive as well. They are truly amazing places, but they are in grave danger. Human caused climate change, plastic pollution, and overfishing will continue to take a toll.
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It's been said that we must know history in order to not repeat the mistakes of the past. There is a history of humans harming the environment. Large mammals such as saber tooth tigers, giant sloths, and wooly mammoths went extinct a long time ago. Why? A combination of humans hunting species to extinction, and a warming climate coming out of the last ice age. Those two very things are happening right now, and it's our fault. It might seem like a 2 plus degree increase in average temps won't do anything, but the last time that happened North America was no longer covered in ice.
We can see the signs that we need to do something, the question is will we?
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#Repost @justice.for.earth
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the world’s largest collection of floating trash, lying between Hawaii and California and often described as ‘larger than Texas.’ A new study has found some shocking things. It has found that microplastics make up 94% of an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic in the patch. But that only amounts to 8% of the total weight. As it turns out, of the 79,000 metric tons of plastic in the patch, most of it is abandoned fishing gear - not plastic bottles or packaging as you would assume. This new, more accurate estimate of the weight is 4 to 16 times heavier than previous estimates. The study also found that fishing nets account for 46% of the trash, with the majority of the rest composed of other fishing industry gear, including ropes, oyster spacers, eel traps, crates, and baskets. Scientists estimate that 20% of the debris is from the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

Photo via @connect4climate

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Very wise words... the thing we will regret the most is not doing something while we had the chance. Humanity is at a critical point, where we can either give up, or do something to stop what we started. Climate change is continuing to grow as a threat, animals are continuing to go extinct, and plastic continues to fill the ocean.
What will you do, fall into apathy or take action?
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Palm oil is a type of edible vegetable oil that is derived from the palm fruit, grown on the African oil palm tree. Oil palms are originally from Western Africa, but can flourish wherever heat and rainfall are abundant. Today, palm oil is grown throughout Africa, Asia, North America, and South America, with 85% of all palm oil globally produced and exported from Indonesia and Malaysia; but most of the time not using sustainable measures.

The industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations. According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. This large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction, and findings show that if nothing changes species like the orangutan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers less than 3 years.
Info via Say No To Palm Oil
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This post is part of my international forest week which I am having on this account. I will be posting about forests, deforestation, and palm oil.
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Deforestation can have a negative impact on the environment. The most dramatic impact is a loss of habitat for millions of species. Eighty percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes.

Deforestation also drives climate change. Forest soils are moist, but without protection from sun-blocking tree cover, they quickly dry out. Trees also help perpetuate the water cycle by returning water vapor to the atmosphere. Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts.

Removing trees deprives the forest of portions of its canopy, which blocks the sun’s rays during the day, and holds in heat at night. This disruption leads to more extreme temperature swings that can be harmful to plants and animals. Trees also play a critical role in absorbing the greenhouse gases that fuel global warming. Fewer forests means larger amounts of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere—and increased speed and severity of global warming.
The world's rainforests could disappear in 100 years at the current rate.
It's time to take action.
Info via National Geographic
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Deforestation also drives climate change. Forest soils are moist, but without protection from sun-blocking tree cover, they quickly dry out. Trees also help perpetuate the water cycle by returning water vapor to the atmosphere. Without trees to fill these roles, many former forest lands can quickly become barren deserts.

Removing trees deprives the forest of portions of its canopy, which blocks the

The importance of forest ecosystems is often underestimated and not understood. Trees are incredibly important to the Earth. Here's why:
1. Trees take in carbon from the atmosphere, reducing concentrations of nearby greenhouse gases.
2. Trees provide a habitat to various animals and create a healthy ecosystem.
3. Trees provide a source of food for many animals, whether it's nuts, fruit, or even the wood itself in the case of beavers.
4. Fallen trees rot and put organic material back into the ground. This makes soil more fertile so new trees can grow.
This is why trees need to be protected form deforestation.
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This post is part of my International Forest Week on this account. I will be posting all this week on topics like deforestation and palm oil.
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