Be sure to watch our brand new SaveTheReef documentary using the link in our bio as we outlined several of the biggest issues facing our oceans and marine life along with some potential solutions, but here’s a great new video showing how several countries are tackling their own #plasticpollution problems through innovative recycling programs, roads made out of recycled plastic and free water fountains that encourage people to drink out of reusable containers! Please share this video and tag people in the comments who need to see it as the battle to #endplasticpollution is just beginning and we need to consider ALL potential solutions! Great video @worldeconomicforum#innovation#teamwork#karmagawa#savethereef
Every day, 20,000 tons of waste and 340,000 tons of wastewater, mostly from 2,000 textile factories, are disposed directly into the once clear and pristine waterways of the Citarum River in Indonesia. The fish have largely disappeared in this river that’s the third-biggest and most strategic river in Java so fishermen now make their living as garbage collectors. A recent study found that levels of lead in this river reached 1,000 times worse than the U.S. standards for drinking water and yet it’s also a vital water source for 25 million people who daily depend on it for agriculture, water, and electricity which is causing skin and respiratory diseases in too many of the locals. So, yes pollution is a BIG problem here, but as this great video by @makeachangeworld proves that we can successfully clean up even the worst messes when we work together...great work @kodamsiliwangi and team! 💪♻️🇮🇩 Please Share this inspiring video with your followers and tag people in the comments who need to see this! #endplasticpollution#karmagawa#citarumharum#savethereef
Thank you for all the amazing feedback on our documentary and if you haven’t watched it yet, check out the link in our bio and remember to share it too as spreading awareness is key to saving our oceans and marine life! Some say the battle is already lost, but for us it’s just beginning as we refuse to allow “The Ocean Of The Future” to look like this scary video from @greenpeace and we will do EVERYTHING in our power to prevent it from becoming reality! We each MUST do what we can to #endplasticpollution before it consumes our entire planet — this video was aimed at getting UK supermarkets to ditch their plastic packaging, but we encourage you to take it up a notch and talk to EVERY business you see using plastic and they’ll be forced to listen because they can’t afford to piss off their customers. As discussed by @oceanramsey@juansharks and @chelseakauai in our documentary, we consumers have the power to influence businesses to change their practices in order to keep their customers happy, so let’s use that power for good! Please share this important video with your followers and also tag people in the comments who need to see it and let’s work together to prevent this from becoming our future! #plasticfree#plasticsucks#greenpeace#karmagawa#savethereef
The official SaveTheReef documentary is now live, see the link in our bio to watch it, as we’ve spent the last 6 months traveling around the world documenting the state of coral reefs in 6 countries and what we found shocked us to our core …especially considering that the majority of the oxygen we breathe comes from marine life, much of which depends on these reefs for their survival! No coral reefs means less marine life which means less oxygen for us humans to breathe...and breathing is something we take for granted right now. So, please watch our documentary directed by @amirzakeri and share it with everyone you know and all your social media followers too because while things are bad, we still have some time before all the reefs die so we can still save them if we work together and change some of our habits ASAP! Great video by our friend @cobiandewey with lessons from @gbrlegacy a charity we were proud to donate $50,000 to to further their coral reef studies! #saveourseas#karmagawa#savethereef
⚠WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES⚠ Tonight we premiere our SaveTheReef documentary as people must see how urgent it is that we take better care of our marine life and oceans. This horrific image of a pilot whale that had its tail mostly chopped off by a boat propeller off the coast of the Canary Islands should be a wake up call. Our marine life and oceans are suffering due to our carelessness and greed — we MUST CHANGE or face catastrophic consequences all within the next few years. Was this whale hit by a ship, a ferry or a pleasure boat? We will never know, but we have seen too many boats traveling at high speed through sensitive wildlife corridors. Only three people were there to hear the shrilling calls of pain and fear of this young whale. The photographer, the marine biologist and the wildlife veterinarian who were called to the scene were not able to help an animal with such a severe injury. All they could do was pull it out of the water and, with the kind of sorrow that can only be understood by people with enough empathy to do what they had to do, sedated it until it died. Sparing more unnecessary suffering to an animal with no chance of recovery was what they had to do. What the rest of us need to do is to become more engaged and care for our wildlife, oceans and limits is very difficult but it all begins with awareness and public pressure; the kind that demands that the voices of millions of people are heard. As angry and sad as this photo makes us, we are also extremely motivated to do something about it. We hope our SaveTheReef documentary inspires people around the world to treat our marine ecosystem better and to take action to push for laws that prevent this kind of tragedy from happening in the future. Join our fast-growing community by following @savethereef and @karmagawa and sharing this post with your followers and also tagging people who need to see it in the comments as change begins when we work together so please help us spread awareness and stay tuned for our documentary to be online for all to see and learn from tomorrow! Photo by @francisperez000#saveourseas#karmagawa#savethereef
BREAKING NEWS: Great news out of Canada! Keeping whales and dolphins in captivity will no longer be allowed across Canada under legislation that passed Monday, drawing celebrations from activists and politicians who called it a significant development for animal rights. The federal bill, which now only requires royal assent to become law, will phase out the practice of holding cetaceans — such as whales, dolphins and porpoises — in captivity. "Many scientists testified to why it was critical that we stop keeping cetaceans in captivity. We understand why because they are obviously not akin to other animals, for instance, livestock. Cetaceans require the ocean, they require the space, they require acoustic communication over long distances." Gord Johns, the NDP critic for fisheries and oceans said the bill's passage marked "a celebration for cetaceans, for animals rights, the planet and our oceans." Let’s hope other countries follow suit! 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊 #emptythetanks Repost @paulhiltonphoto#savethedolphins#savethewhales#savethereef
The problem of plastic pollution in the ocean is even worse than anyone feared because tiny broken up pieces of plastic — micro plastics — aren’t just floating on the water’s surface, but are actually pervasive thousands of feet down underwater. New research in this week’s edition of Scientific Reports from the journal Nature found there to be 4x as much plastic deep in our oceans compared to the plastic that’s floating at the surface that makes up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Brendan Godley, a conservation scientist who studies plastic ocean pollution at the University of Exeter in England says “scientists are now beginning to realize that microplastics are truly ubiquitous...they’ve been found from the seafloor to the mountain tops, in the air we breathe and in the salt we put on our meals”. The one piece of good news from this study was that the single largest type of plastic they found floating in the water, roughly 40%, came from single-use plastics such as beverage and food containers and that can be fixed. It’s up to us consumers to do what we must to #endplasticpollution and not support companies that use #singleuseplastic any longer...please share this important post with your friends, family and followers as we’re all in this battle for our planet together and it’s not over just yet! Great video @usatoday#beatplasticpollution#plasticsucks#karmagawa#savethereef
Today is #worldoceansday and we hate seeing videos like this from Serbia where they should be picking up the trash, not putting it back into the river as our oceans and rivers are more polluted than ever so we have to stop this before it’s too late in a few years! Serbia processes less than 10 percent of its waste water and its two largest cities, Belgrade and Novi Sad, dump raw sewage directly into the Danube and Sava rivers, not to mention that the country has countless unregulated landfills. WE MUST DO BETTER and not tolerate such blatant disregard for the environment — please share this video and tag people who need to see it in the comments as the one good thing it does is help us spread awareness of just how bad our waste problem has become on a global scale. And before you blame Serbia, or China, or Indonesia, or any other country for this problem, understand that we all share this planet together so we can either all fix this problem together or we will die together sadly like our planet’s wildlife…it’s up to us to fix this RIGHT NOW otherwise we will ruin all our planet’s oceans and humans will become the next endangered species! Video from Severe Weather Europe #worldoceanday#endplasticpollution#karmagawa#beatplasticpollution#savethereef
⚠WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES⚠ Tomorrow is #worldoceansday to honor and help protect our world’s oceans, but our plastic pollution problem has grown so much lately that an astounding 1 million marine animals are being killed due to plastic waste annually and it’s only getting worse with an estimated 18 billion pounds of new plastic waste entering the world’s oceans every year! At this rate in just 30 years, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans which is truly scary to think about. The only good news is that we still have some time to change our ways before it’s too late, but we MUST WORK TOGETHER RIGHT AWAY to #endplasticpollution and that means we ALL must reduce our plastic use and tell ALL our friends, family and social media followers to do the same RIGHT NOW! Please share this video and important message with EVERYONE you know and tag people in the comments who need to see it — and it doesn’t matter where they live, how close they are to you or how big their following is, this is a truly global issue so we need every single person working together to fix this problem. It’s easy to be negative or want to give up when you consider just how big the problem is, but never forget that we humans are also the solution too and the first step in turning this situation around is spreading awareness and promoting education about this issue as far too few people realize how urgent this issue is so join us in getting the word out as quickly as possible! #plasticsucks#saveourseas#karmagawa#savethereef
⚠WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES⚠ How is this barbaric killing of whales and dolphins still legal? This annual slaughter takes place in the Faroe Islands and the typically blue sea turns into a horrifying red color due to the countless bodies of dead whales and dolphins.
Apparently, this tradition goes back to the year 1584 and it‘s a communal activity where all the locals get together to ruthlessly slaughter hundreds of whales and dolphins.
How are the whales killed? The fishermen enter the water in boats and as soon as pods of whales arrive close to the bay, they surround them and lead them towards land to be beached and slaughtered. When the whales are close enough, a hook is inserted into their blowholes to bring them further up the shore and their necks are then stabbed with a spinal lance and their spinal cords are severed, which further cuts the blood supply to its brain. The whale loses consciousness and dies within a few seconds.
An entire pod of whales can be killed in less than 10 minutes and the entire community pitches in the slaughtering while it takes place in plain sight. Reportedly, each whale is recorded and regulated by authorities and the Danish people claim that this practice is not cruel and is carried out in regard to international laws. But we ask how can this be a law? Approximately 500 cetaceans have now been killed ‘for food’ in these islands since the beginning of 2019. Let’s hear what your thoughts are — is this tradition of slaughter cruel and should it be stopped or be allowed to continue? #savethedolphins#karmagawa#savethewhales#savethereef
⚠WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES⚠ Please share this video far and wide and tag people who need to see it so EVERYONE can see what true ignorance looks like as these idiots are destroying our marine life ecosystem. Sadly, it’s this kind of senseless killing that will be the end of our marine life, environment and eventually our own species too unless we change RIGHT AWAY! It’s absolutely disgusting that 2 fishermen recorded and laughed as another cuts off the tail (caudal fin) of what looks like a Greenland Shark. One of the fisherman can be heard yelling “Good luck trying to swim, you bastard” while the other laughs as the mutilated #shark tries to escape. Greenland sharks are the longest living vertebrates on Earth, living between 300-500 years and are believed to have unique genes that could hold the secret to long life for us humans too. Unfortunately, they don’t reach breeding age until 150 years so their population is very low even without humans condemning them to death by cutting off their fins like you see in this video. It’s also speculated that their population is low because this shark species is fished for its liver oil in the Scandinavian region. Thankfully, these men were promptly fired from their jobs on board and it also seems that the men broke several laws and could face up to a million ISK (roughly $8,000) in fines on animal cruelty charges…but hardly enough for this horrific act that shows what we are doing to sharks all over the world which must be stopped through all of us spreading awareness that we won’t tolerate this kind of behavior anymore!Thanks for the video @oceanskeepers we must work together to help these poor creatures before it’s too late! #savethesharks#saveourseas#endanimalcruelty#savethereef
⚠WARNING THIS IS OUR FUTURE⚠ We’re excited to premiere the official @savethereef documentary on June 13, 2019, but here’s a quick teaser as today we celebrate #worldreefday so watch it and let us know what you think in the comments below. Please also share this video with your followers and tag people who need to see it to help us spread awareness about this critical issue before it’s too late a few years. Sadly, this crisis is happening right under our noses and our future is bleak unless we make changes RIGHT NOW! The past few months, the @savethereef team has traveled to 7 countries documenting the conditions of coral reefs, oceans and marine life everywhere and you will be shocked at what we’ve discovered. Our findings will all be shared in the official SaveTheReef documentary directed by @amirzakeri and produced by @karmagawa so stay tuned for June 13, 2019…we are also showing an extended 5-minute trailer at the World Reef Day party hosted by @rawelementsusa tonight in Honolulu so if you’re there definitely go check it out! There’s still time to fix this problem when we work together, or you can ignore it and then we will all die together, along with all our wildlife and our planet too...it’s up to all of us! #saveourseas#karmagawa#savethereef