I will be making 2018 a year bigger than ever for Stand For Earth and that means change and that means doing more. So here are some of the changes that I am making in the platforms I use and the way I approach them that will help better achieve the mission of Stand For Earth.
— A big change is the new Stand For Earth website URL: Now the website is simply ‘standforearth.org’, easy to remember, easier to access. (LINK IN BIO)
— The website can now handle more traffic and more content.
Long Term/Personal Changes:
— ACTUALLY posting more across ALL social media’s not just ONE.
— Petitions ACTUALLY being added to the website more often, hopefully almost everyday. There are so many petitions going around that help the planet and it’s important we bring as many of them as possible in to one place
— Environmental news ACTUALLY being added to the website (a page that has struggled to see material due to a constantly moving world). Adding to this will help because being aware of current world issues is the first step to tackling them.
— The Email Service fully UP and RUNNING! Stand For Earth has an email registration service where those who choose to can be directly sent new petitions and news so you don’t have to find it, but it’s never fully been set up! Now it will be and you can register at standforearth.org/contact
— New pages and features will be added in the coming months to help you do even more! (There’ll also be more blog posts; hopefully monthly or even fortnightly depending on the time of year)
— More activity, more posting, more connecting you to the online world of environmental activism. I want Stand For Earth to be the best online hub for environmental action and a portal to as much help you can give on the World Wide Web.
I was pretty slack with the website in 2017 but all that is about to change. It’s likely you followed me because you want to help in someway and if I don’t deliver that to as many people as possible then I am not achieving my goal and the planets the one that takes the hit when we don’t do as much as we can so 2018 will be more, more, more and sticking to it this time. That’s a promise from me. #StandForEarth
Planning your 2018 summer vacation? Want to travel across the world and try new activities? Here are some activities to avoid that exploit or abuse animals (abducting them from the wild, teaching them through physical abuse & keeping them chained up) that you can tell your family and friends about.
| Elephant Rides
In order to make elephants submit to elephant rides and other human interactions, they are taken from their mothers when babies and forced through a horrific training process known as ‘the crush’. It involves physical restraints, inflicting severe pain and withholding food and water, breaking the spirit of the animal so it submits to human instruction. There are some places you can find that do not do this.
| Animal Selfies
Baby animals especially tigers and sloths are separated from their mothers at an early age so they can be used as photo props. They are handled and hugged by tourists and typically kept chained-up, or in small barren cages, or drugged to be still for photographs.
| Performing Dolphins
Millions of tourists visit dolphinaria, but they are unaware of the cruelty and abuses the dolphins endure to perform in shows. Whilst it is banned in countries like the US, many performing dolphins around the world are still captured in the wild. They are often chased by high-speed boats before being hauled on board or caught in nets. For many, the stress is too much to take and they die during transportation. Whether wild caught or captive bred, dolphins in dolphinaria face a lifetime of suffering. They spend their entire lives in a space not much bigger than a swimming pool – completely unnatural and restrictive compared to their natural open sea environment.
These are some of the activities you can avoid to make 2018 a better year for these animals and a more enjoyable holiday for you knowing there is no cruelty involved. Information via World Animal Protection.
IMPORTANT NEWS: An oil spill from an Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea is rapidly spreading, officials said Tuesday, alarming environmentalists about the threat to sea and bird life in the waterway.
The tanker, the Sanchi, was carrying 136,000 tons of highly flammable fuel oil when it crashed into a freighter on Jan. 6. On Sunday, the Sanchi sank after a huge blast sent up a great plume of black smoke and set the surface of the water on fire, China Central Television said.
The bodies of three crew members have been recovered, and the remaining 29 were presumed dead, the Iranian government said. Thirty Iranians and two Bangladeshis were believed to have died. The oil slicks from the sunken tanker were growing in size, China’s State Oceanic Administration said Tuesday. There are now two huge slicks covering 52 square miles, compared with just four square miles the previous day. Strong winds were pushing the spill toward Japan, away from China, and it was now less than 200 miles from Naha, Japan. — NY Times.
China's State Oceanic Administration on Sunday said it would expand the scope of its monitoring and "quickly ascertain the spread and drift of overflowing oil" from the wrecked ship. — Deutsche Welle (DW).
My thoughts are with the families of the crew members and the crew members themselves who lost their lives. I am shocked to not have seen this reported much by top tier environmental organisations and the mainstream media. Please spread this because I feel like not many people know about it and people need to know about this and the environmental-human hazard it is causing. This is a big deal, we are talking human lives, marine life, millions of barrels of oil and an environmental catastrophe, yet there is not enough of coverage of this developing situation. I will report on any further information that is released as I’m sure the damage and cleanup will span a wide area and take a long time. PLEASE SHARE, feel free to use caption!
Don’t panic! I know this isn’t environmental, this is in fact... ME! I meant to post a face reveal as a celebration for 5000 followers so it’s quite late but let’s just combine it with the new year and call it that. My name is Matthew, I am 17 years old and I was born and raised in New Zealand. I just want to say thank you to you all for helping me reach as far as I have with this cause and for making 2017 a great year. Stand For Earth grew more than ever last year and it continues to grow in the new year. I know this year will be an even better year and I know there will be some new and exciting changes with some new projects and some more hands-on, community projects. 5000 people is a lot and I’m really grateful that so many of you want to stick with this mission and actually take part in it. I want to do more things like this in 2018; as Stand For Earth does more hands-on, community based missions I also want to get more personal on these platforms. So please, tell me a little bit about yourself! If you’re a cause or organisation like tell me a bit about what your goals are and what you believe in or if you’re just a good old person tell me something about you. Thanks again for your support!
At the Pacific Ocean's largest green sea turtle rookery, a crisis is unfolding, likely thanks to warming temperatures. A new study has shown that 99% of sea turtles are being born female. Since the sex of a sea turtle is determined by the heat of sand incubating their eggs, scientists had suspected they might see slightly more females. Climate change, after all, has driven air and sea temperatures higher, which, in these creatures, favors female offspring. But instead, they found female sea turtles from the Pacific Ocean's largest and most important green sea turtle rookery now outnumber males by at least 116 to 1. "This is extreme—like capital letters extreme, exclamation point extreme," says turtle scientist Camryn Allen, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Hawaii. "We're talking a handful of males to hundreds and hundreds of females. We were shocked." “what happens in 20 years when there are literally no more males coming up as adults? Are there enough to sustain the population?" says marine biologist Michael Jensen. This is huge and something we could see in other species who’s sex is determined by heat during development like iguanas and alligators. This is a big deal and not a situation to be taken lightly; we are now seeing a world where rising temperatures are directly affecting the way a species survives, breeds and evolves and that is not good news...
Did you know that humpback whale’s tails are as unique as human fingerprints and humpbacks can be identified individually by their tails! Humpback Whale’s can be found in the Pacific and near Alaska, two places where the Trump administration wants to open up new leases for oil drilling. 47 of them. 47?! Is that really necessary when we are moving in to a new age of renewable energy and electric transportation is becoming more and more common every year. It’s clear this administration are using their financial ties to cling on to the past for profit. Drilling muds and produced water are disposed of daily by offshore rigs. Offshore rigs can dump tons of drilling fluid, metal cuttings, including toxic metals such as lead chromium and mercury as well as carcinogens such as benzene in the ocean. Factors other than pollutants can effect marine life such as noise which can decrease fish catch, damage hearing capacity of various marine species and may lead to marine mammal strandings. If you’re against this please SIGN THE LETTER in my bio which will be sent DIRECTLY to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Lets flood him with letters, the more he gets the better!