Earth Day 🌍@standforearth

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— standforearth.org 🌿

https://www.change.org/p/nzqa-end-plastic-wraps-on-nzqa-exams

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Hi all, today I am sharing a petition that is very important to me as it is something that directly affects me as a student and a kiwi. I am from New Zealand, and as apart of our education system we take external exams at the end of every year for the last 3 years of college (high school). These exam papers are sent out to schools across the country and are unfortunately wrapped in plastic that is torn open and thrown away. According to NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority), who send out the exams; the plastic is biodegradable but research shows this plastic can not break down without UV Rays and high temperatures. Most of the plastic wrapping will end up in landfills, killing sea life or polluting our green backyard. And with hundreds of thousands of students taking exams at the end of every year, that’s potentially over a million plastic wraps being thrown away; a year! We should be teaching young students about sustainability and a brighter future for our planet: it’s time to get rid of these plastic wraps. Please SIGN THE PETITION, link in my bio and tell NZQA to stop wrapping exam papers in plastic and find an alternative for 2018 and the years to come!


#Plastic #NoPlastic #PlasticFree #ZeroWaste #Ocean #Oceans #Wildlife #Nature #Turtle #Turtles #Animal #Animals #Wild #Sustainable #Sustainability #Conservation #Ecofriendly #Green #GoGreen #PhotoOfTheDay #NewZealand #Sea #Love #Future


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NEWS: The Queensland Government has passed groundbreaking laws to protect forests and vegetation. This means less forests and bushlands will be cut down, so koalas and other native animals can enjoy thriving habitats. Thank you to all these amazing organisations for their work on this campaign: The Wilderness Society, WWF Australia, Queensland Conservation Council and Environmental Defenders Office Qld.
Photographer: Unknown


#Wildlife #Wild #Bear #Bears #Koala #Koalas #KoalaBear #Forest #Forests #Tree #Trees #Nature #Queensland #Australia #Conservation #Ecofriendly #Green #GoGreen #Love #Habitat #Sustainable #Sustainability #PicOfTheDay #Animal #Animals


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I'll be completely honest with you; I truly believe that MOST people care about the environment and the future of our planet after we're gone in one way or another. They just don't know how to or are too busy with daily stressful life to have time to worry about that stuff, which is fair enough. If you feel this is you then check out my latest blog post: ‘5 Simple Ways to Help the Planet for Busy People,’ now up. Here you’ll find 5 simple starter tips on how you can lower your impact on the planet with little to no cost or time. (LINK IN BIO).


#Earth #Nature #Wildlife #Wild #PlanetEarth #Outdoors #Adventure #Discover #Green #GoGreen #NatureLovers #Ecofriendly #Sustainable #Sustainability #Conservation #Love #PhotoOfTheDay #Environment #Travel #Mountain #PicOfTheDay #Awareness #World #Map


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A Portuguese pulp company (Portucel) wants to clear up to 237,000 hectares – including Mozambique’s miombo woodlands, a unique southern African ecosystem – for eucalyptus plantations. Tell the World Bank Group to kill this disastrous project by canceling its financing as Portucel’s Mozambique project would leave no room for nature or the rural people. A study by the Environmental Paper Network documents that numerous small farmers have already lost their land and livelihood, slipping into poverty and food insecurity. For most, the promised jobs and better living conditions remain an illusion. The miombo woodlands of southern Africa are a complex ecological mosaic that is home to more than 300 tree species. Of the 633 documented bird species, eleven are endemic. The miombo provides habitat for several antelope species, as well as elephants, giraffes and lions in many areas. Please SIGN THE LETTER from Rainforest Rescue to Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank and Philippe Le Houérou, Chief Executive Officer of the International Finance Corporation, to stop funding for the Portucel Mozambique Project. Let’s flood their inboxes so they can’t ignore this and see the massive numbers of people who oppose the project! (LINK IN BIO)


#Nature #Wild #Wildlife #Africa #Mozambique #Forest #Forestry #Forests #Tree #Trees #Green #GoGreen #Deforestation #Biodiversity #Conservation #Love #Environment #Earth #Sustainable #Sustainability #PhotoOfTheDay


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Today is #EarthDay! Yes, Earth Day is finally here and Stand For Earth is celebrating! All day petitions will be going up on the website to help environmental causes such as furthering renewables, reducing fossil fuel dependency, protecting wildlife, oceans, forests and more. Today is a day to really appreciate all that the Earth does for us and give something back in return. The earth provides us with everything we need so it’s important to protect it and all the other life that depends on it too. So please sign a petition, pick up some litter, skip the plastic bag or do something else to reduce your impact. 3 NEW petitions have already gone up on the website today and more will be going up later; please go sign them and add your voice to these amazing causes that need people backing them to gain traction in legal and governmental situations.
LINK IN BIO!
Photo by: Charlie Hamilton James


#EarthDay2018 #Wildlife #Wild #Rainforest #Kid #Animal #Animals #Forest #Forests #Green #GoGreen #Tree #Trees #Ocean #Oceans #Earth #Ecofriendly #Conservation #Love #Nature #MotherNature #PhotoOfTheDay #WildlifePhotography


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This baby cheetah is waking up her mama to remind her that tomorrow is #EarthDay!
A reminder from me as well; keep the URL standforearth.org/petitions handy tomorrow... you’re gonna need it! There will be plenty of petitions to sign, initiatives to join, pledges to take and things to do from Stand For Earth. #EarthDay2018


#Wildlife #Wild #Animal #Animals #Earth #WildlifePhotography #Cheetah #Cheetahs #Cat #Cats #Baby #Mother #Family #BabyAnimal #BabyAnimals #Ecofriendly #Conservation #Green #GoGreen #Nature #Love #PicOfTheDay #MotherNature


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Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles - by accident! The breakthrough could be a step to solving the global plastic pollution crisis; one of the worlds largest environmental disasters. The enzyme is able to digest polyethylene terephthalate, or PET - a form of plastic patented in the 1940s and now used in millions of tonnes of plastic bottles. PET plastics can persist for hundreds of years in the environment and currently pollute large areas of land and sea worldwide. Researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory made this discovery while examining the structure of a natural enzyme thought to have evolved in a waste recycling center in Japan. The mutant enzyme takes a few days to start breaking down the plastic; far faster than the centuries it would take in the oceans. Researchers are optimistic this process can be sped up even further and become a viable large-scale operation.
Read the full news story (LINK IN BIO).
What do you think of this? Is it a revolutionary discovery that could save our oceans and wildlife through better recycling, or a revolutionary discovery that allows us to continue our plastic addiction without removing the source of the problem? How can we meet in the middle? Please leave your thoughts!


#Plastic #PlasticFree #NoPlastic #BanTheBag #ZeroWaste #Waste #SingleUsePlastic #Science #News #Recycling #Recycle #Reuse #Recycled #Oceans #Ocean #Reduce #Marine #GoGreen #Green #Love #PhotoOfTheDay #Sustainable #Sustainability #Ecofriendly


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Did you know? That aluminium, the material most drink cans are made of, is the easiest material to recycle. Aluminum cans are 100 percent recyclable, and they can be recycled over and over again. Even better, turning recycled cans into new cans takes 95 percent less energy than making brand-new ones. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on an iPod or watch tv for a couple of hours. On top of that the recycling process also saves natural resources that are used to create new aluminum as well as limit the amount of gas and other resources that are spent to transport and make the aluminium from virgin materials. So don’t forget to recycle your cans!


#Recycle #Recycling #Recycled #Upcycling #Reuse #Reduce #ZeroWaste #Waste #Litter #Pollution #Ecofriendly #Conservation #Green #GoGreen #Nature #Ocean #Oceans #Littering #StopLittering #SaveThePlanet #Love #PicOfTheDay


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When working to help the environment in someway, it’s important to have buddies to help you, support you, check you and work together. Community and teamwork is one of the things that drives environmental efforts such as monitoring, tree planting, cleanups etc.
Tag your environmental buddy!
Photographer: Unknown


#Teamwork #Environment #Giraffe #Giraffes #Animal #Animals #Wild #Wildlife #WildlifePhotography #Nature #Conservation #Ecofriendly #Green #GoGreen #Love #Friends #Friend #PhotoOfTheDay #Sustainability #Sustainable


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Sigh. What can I say about EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Head Scott Pruitt. There’s not many positive options but let me give you the run down on what this man has done for U.S. environmental regulations since appointed by President Trump. It’s nothing good so don’t get excited:
— attempted to strangle the EPA’s budget (literally the department he works for)
— put corporate polluters in charge of the EPA
— denied human made climate change and proceeded to claim that global warming may be ‘beneficial’ to humans
— misused taxpayer money for travel and accomodation expenses
— rejected bans on harmful pesticides and lifted bans on new coal leases
— proposed repeals on the clean power plan, DOI’s climate and mitigation policies, protecting migratory birds, water pollution regulations for fracking and even more.
— the list honestly goes on like this for so long I won’t be able to fit it all if you want to see a complete list of the whopping 67 environmental regulations he wants to rescind go here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/05/climate/trump-environment-rules-reversed.html (yes I’m not kidding, 67)

After his recent spending scandal even President Trump is having some doubts about Scott Pruitt’s integrity and whether he is qualified to fill the role, and this is Trump we are talking about. It’s time we use this moment of doubt and scandal to get Scott Pruitt out of the EPA and get in someone who actually cares about our planet and will work to protect it. SIGN THE PETITION in my bio, created by the NRDC - an environmental legal defence team, to tell President Trump to boot Pruitt out of his position as head of the EPA. (LINK IN BIO).


#Nature #NatureLovers #Wild #Wildlife #Animal #Animals #Park #NationalPark #USA #FirePruitt #Animal #Animals #Forest #Mountain #Outdoors #Sustainability #GoGreen #Renewable #Green #Future #Conservation #Love #PicOfTheDay #Ecofriendly #Clean #PhotoOfTheDay


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Last week over 100,000 people got Carex to come clean; the brand's parent company (PZ Cussons) published a full list of the mills where they get their palm oil from to make their hand wash and the facts are there: Carex are getting their palm oil from companies that are destroying forests. If enough people sign the petition against them (LINK IN BIO) Carex may go one step further and cut out producers who are wrecking forests for palm oil and show they are serious about no deforestation palm oil in their products. If people power got them to come clean, it can get them to clean up their act. Please sign this online petition directed to PZ Cussons (Carex) CEO, G. Alex Kanellis. 136,000 other people are behind it and your signature puts on the pressure. Please add it! (LINK IN BIO)


#Wildlife #Wild #Animal #Animals #Forest #Forests #Tree #Trees #Orangutan #Orangutans #WildlifePhotography #Conservation #PalmOil #Sustainability #Ecofriendly #GoGreen #Love #Family #Mother #BabyAnimal #BabyAnimals #Green #WildlifeConservation #PhotoOfTheDay


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Our final big cat for the March extended #WorldWildlifeDay is one of the most popular animals in the world; the lion! Lions usually live in groups of about 10 to 15, these are called prides. An adult males roar can be heard up to 8km away! The name for a baby lion is a cub, whelp or lionet. Often known as the ‘king of the jungle’, most lions actually live in the savannah or grasslands. Just one population of wild forest-dwelling lions remains, in Gir Forest National Park, India. In the wild, lions live for an average of 12 years and up to 16 years but they are facing more and more threats everyday. Trump recently announced that the Fish and Wildlife Service will now allow "trophy" imports of dead lions (and elephants) on a "case-by-case" basis. This is completely unacceptable. Please sign and share the petition (link in my bio) to protect these animals and keep a total ban on this cruelty!  This post was shared as apart of the Stand For Earth #WorldWildlifeMonth; taking this years #WorldWildlifeDay theme of big cats and stretching it over all of March! Lion information via National Geographic.


#Wild #Wildlife #Lion #Lions #BigCat #BigCats #Cat #Cats #Nature #Africa #Desert #Safari #Conservation #WildlifeConservation #WildlifePhotography #Ecofriendly #Love #Pride #Cub #Grass #BabyAnimal #BabyAnimals #PicOfTheDay #PhotoOfTheDay


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