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Earth Month 2021 

Join Us This Earth Month As We Share Accounts and

Organisations That Protect The Places That We Play!

Join Us This Earth Month As We Share Accounts and

Organisations That Protect The Places That We Play!

ORCAIreland

ORCAIreland – Ocean Research & Conservation Assocation, dedicated to monitoring and minimising disturbance to marine megafauna in Irish waters. The team just launched a buoy off the coast of Baltimore, Cork that will collect data through a hydrophone listening to the calls of different sea species to lead future warning systems to help ships avoid hitting whales and dolphins (Sky News, 2021).

Android phone users can download the Observers App and become a citizen scientist by submitting sightings of water animals in the sea and along our rivers. Be an #oceanhero

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit with a worldwide presence and a mission to protect all marine animals. 

Ireland has a history of ‘unsatisfactory’ fishery controls leading to overfishing of our surrounding seas, depleting indigenous species. The authorities (SFPA) who claim to support a sustainable fishing sector are turning a blind eye (Irish Examiner, 2021).

Reach out to your representative to see what they know and where they stand when it comes to protecting Irish Seas!

You can see them in action in Netflix’s Seaspiracy Documentary.

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace Ireland provides research, education and outreach so every person who ventures outside can protect and enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

They also take on the challenges, at a global scale, of battling misinformation in the outdoors, trashed natural areas, polluted water, wildlife at risk, damaged trails, overcrowded parks, destructive fires and if that wasn’t enough, they work to develop children as our future champions for nature!

The outdoors are facing serious threats. Ensuring people practice Leave No Trace is essential. Consider these tips if you plan on heading out. 

Take 3 for the Sea

It’s that simple – Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or … anywhere and you have made a difference 🙂

Through education that inspires participation, Take 3 is building a global movement of people who are connected to the planet.

Join our movement today.

#Take3ForTheSea

Everyday Climate Change

A collective of photographers from all over the world documenting the real effects of climate change. 

#everydayclimatechange

Sierra Club

Founded by conservationist John Muir in 1892, it is now one of the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organisations.

They have protected millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.

The Sierra Club has recently led the charge to move away from fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and towards a clean energy economy. 

@Pattiegonia

Pattie Gonia is a vocal environmental and LGBTQIA+ advocate inspiring EVERYONE to spend more time outdoors. 

Jenn grew up in the states and is a HUGE drag fan, so it’s no surprise that @pattiegonia is a favorite account to follow. 

It doesn’t matter what part of the world you’re living in, Pattie delivers TRUTHS when it comes to being a better ally to marginalized communtieies and the environment. 

Here are some links to articles, videos and podcasts to get to know Pattie better, have a giggle and make change.

Pattie’s Youtube Channel & Earth Day 2020 Video 

Pattie Gonia Is Shaking Up the Adventure World

Backpacking Drag Queen Pattie Gonia

Be Wildly You with Pattie Gonia – Wild Ideas Worth Living Podcast

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) works on a broad range of issues in an attempt to safeguard the earth, its people, its plants and animals, the natural system in which all life depends.

They work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect the environment.

Few everyday decisions are more important to our health—or the health of our planet—than choosing what we eat.

Rare

For more than 25 years, Rare has empowered local communications in over 50 countries to shift from being resource users to environmental stewards (responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices).

Rare motivates individuals, their communities, and their local leaders to adapt their behaviours to benefit both people and nature.

Our Safety Net

The National Environmental Treasure (NET) is a people’s trust fund devoted to the exclusive funding of Canadian environmental organizations, to increase their core capacity in critical areas such as environmental literacy, infrastructure support, public communications, and operational sustainability. 

Most funding for environmental organizations is from private foundations and government, and consequently, it tends to be directed towards larger well-known organizations. By building the first public charitable foundation for the environment, independent of government and private foundations, the NET is designed to directly meet the needs of Canadian environmental organizations.

They are a great example for how to alternatively fund environmental protections around the world.

Check out their podcast for a better idea of  What the F**K is Biodiversity 🙂

Anna Rose

An active environmentalist who works tirelessly to help Australia make progress on climate change and sustainability. Currently is a strategic project director with Farmer for Climate Action and works hard to be a catalyst for positive change within the agricultural sector.

Anna is a natural, engaging and passionate speaker. She simplifies the science, provides accessible strategies and inspires by example.

All Creatures Podcast

All Creatures podcast is about educating listeners on the animals we share this planet with.

Weekly discussions on conservation and endangered species. All Creatures covers a species a week, describing the animals natural history, physiology, behavior, mating strategies and more.

They also interview conservation experts from around the globe sharing their incredible stories and how they fight for conservation of the planets most endangered animals.

Episodes we recommend:

Albatross are Amazing

Simply Splendid Sloths

Zookeepers Changing the Face of Conservation with Jungle Jordan

Surfrider

Surfrider is a community of people who protect the places that we play! The ocean, waves and beaches.

Their mission is to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on marine life and their environment, protect our oceans, allow full and fair beach access and protect the health and sustainability of water.

Check the Surfrider blog! Ranging from understanding micro-plastics to stopping sewage pollution. 

Fridays For Future

A global climate strike movement that started in August 2018.  Fridays for Future is taking action against it because they want to protect the beauty of the earth, the diversity of species and the lives of all beings.

Fridays for Future’s goal is to overcome the climate crisis and to create a society that lives in harmony with its fellow beings and its environment.   

Use the hashtag #FridaysForFuture to keep up to date with Fridays for Future.

National Geographic

One of the largest non profit scientific and educational institutes in the world focusing on geography, archeology, nature science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

National Geographic welcomes explorers from around the globe and seeks to build a community that reflects the rich diversity of our world. The National Geographic Society has been investing in bold people and transformative ideas – apply to be one of their grant funded explorers here. 

 

Green Muslims

A volunteer driven organisation working to connect Muslims everywhere to nature and environmental activism. Green Muslims hold educational, service and outdoor recreational events and strive to serve as a bridge connecting the Muslim community with local climate change action organisation.

Check out their weely Ramadam Challenge!

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and the co-founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for coastal cities. She is also the co-creator and co-host of the podcast How to Save a Planet (we recommend the episodes about recycling or your carbon footprint). With Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, she co-edited the climate anthology All We Can Save, and co-founded and co-leads The All We Can Save Project.

As we admittedly took Seaspiracy as gospel and shared it with you at the start of the month, its important to make sure we get information on the health of marine life from a range of reputable sources. Why not add this stellar marine biologist to your feed. @ayanaeliza

Oceana

According to a study published in Science, less than 4 percent of the oceans remain unaffected by human activity. Oceana seeks to make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world’s marine life.

Check out their Marine Life Encyclopedia to learn all about the little (& big) cuties living in our oceans. 

Oceanic Global

Oceanic Global creates educational experiences, consults on sustainable operations, and engages local communities to generate measurable impact for our collective wellbeing.

Oceanic raises awareness for the devastating effects of human consumption on our aquatic ecosystems, and work with leading scientists, conservationists, artists, and industry experts to drive positive change. #CareDeeply

Join Oceanic Wednesday 20th April for their ‘Ancient Wisdom and The Ocean’  virtual gathering, exploring traditional, indigenous, and local knowledge from around the world, and the importance of blending it with modern science to create a holistic approach for protecting our blue planet.

EarthDay.org

EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 192 countries to drive positive action for our planet.

EARTHDAY.ORG works in countries around the world to drive meaningful action for our planet across these issues: climate action, science and education, people and communities, conservation and restoration and plastic and pollution.

Check out their Earth Day 2021 events from April 20th to 22nd! 

NYCI - National Youth Council of Ireland

National Youth Council Ireland, NYCI, is the representative body for voluntary youth organisations in Ireland. We use our collective expertise to act on issues that impact young people.

Since 2020, The National Youth Council of Ireland, Youth 2030 programme has welcomed a cohort of young people to support a strong youth participation movement around the global justice issue.

Youth 2030 is a global youth work and development education project funded by Irish Aid, which is working to increase the integration, quality, and spread of global youth work and development education in non-formal youth work education, organisations, and projects. Its aim is to create an empowering and clear policy and practice environment for global youth work at both a national, European and global level. 

Cork Nature Network

Cork Nature Network is protecting and promoting Ireland’s Wildlife through education, conservation, and research, to restore a healthy ecosystem for all species and peoples of Ireland.

Don’t miss out on Cork Nature Network’s FREE event on April 29th at 7:00 pm on Zoom. This is a talk about rivers, the importance of river health, the wildlife that depends on rivers, and how we can make a difference to help protect our local waterways with citizen science.

Sauti-Youth Project

This is a new initiative funded by the European Union; a collaboration between World Vision Ireland, Youth Work Ireland Galway and World Vision Tanzania. SAUTI- Youth is a youth-led project which monitors local government’s commitments on climate action, linking Galway and Tanga in Tanzania.

Young people will be provided with the skills to monitor their local government’s climate action commitment and spending climate change is happening and will have a major impact on our lives as young people. It will affect today’s youth more than any previous generation. Youth-led projects like SAUTI-Youth give young people a chance to get their voices heard on a topic that will impact our future.

Eco-UNESCO

Eco-UNSECO is a leading environmental education and youth organisation working to channel the passion, creativity and energy of young people into positive environmental action. Through our range of programmes and services we inspire, educate, empower and support young people to act.

Youth Work Ireland

Youth Work Ireland Week is their annual week of celebrating the work of local youth services around Ireland. This year the week will take place from April 26th – May 2nd and the focus will be on youth work outdoors. Getting back outdoors and reconnecting with each other in a safe physical way is hugely important for young people’s sense of connectedness and mental/physical health.

The hard work and passion of youth workers in supporting young people over the last year has been evident and the variety of innovative and creative work resulted in new exciting ways to bring traditional youth work activities and events into an outdoors setting. This will be the focus of Youth Work Ireland Week 2021 and it is an opportunity to interact, connect and support young people in a safe and socially distant way.

GoEco

GoEco started off as a TY mini-business where Aaron Leonard decided he was going to continue the business on himself. Go Eco mission is to help everyone to become more environmentally more conscious by reducing the harmful single use plastics. These single-use plastics such a water bottles release harmful gases for many years after they have been thrown away in landfill sites. Or if they are incinerated the fumes are released into the atmosphere.

With each order one will receive a Go Eco business card which is made from seed paper, allowing you to plant the card, and in a few days see sprouts!

Tru Earth

Join the Tru Earth Movement and help prevent climate change…one load of laundry at a time.

Tru Earth’s Values

Simplicity. They believe little hinges swing big doors and small actions add up to big changes. Tru Earth is not perfect and they’re not asking anyone else to be. 

Empowered: We all have the power to choose. Tru Earth create products that empower people to choose sustainability, without compromising convenience.

Integrity: As the Tru Earth company grows they will keep the close sense of family that they started with. 

Tru Earth will never compromise its values or cut corners to reduce costs. They will not shortchange the environment to make a profit. They will be transparent about production and ingredients. 

Tru Earth will never shame anyone or make people feel bad about their choices, they will simply work to provide eco-friendly products that work.

SunDrift

SunDrift started with a mission; to deliver top-class sustainable outdoor gear that actually looks good! They noticed there was a lack of stylish and sustainable backpacking gear on the market.

SunDrift launched with one product; a 55-litre pack, made from recycled water bottles, that represents your bold, beautiful adventure. They wanted to focus on building a whole range of outdoor accessories from ocean waste that can be used in your everyday life

Oceanera

Oceanera is the sister business to GoEco. Raising awareness about the plastic pollution crisis as well as doing our part to combat it.

Every order is received in compostable packaging, every item is made using recycled material and no toxic chemical are used in the making.

Come back every day in April to see more!

While you’re here, have you seen our adventure meals?

ORCAIreland

ORCAIreland – Ocean Research & Conservation Assocation, dedicated to monitoring and minimising disturbance to marine megafauna in Irish waters. The team just launched a buoy off the coast of Baltimore, Cork that will collect data through a hydrophone listening to the calls of different sea species to lead future warning systems to help ships avoid hitting whales and dolphins (Sky News, 2021).

Android phone users can download the Observers App and become a citizen scientist by submitting sightings of water animals in the sea and along our rivers. Be an #oceanhero

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit with a worldwide presence and a mission to protect all marine animals. 

Ireland has a history of ‘unsatisfactory’ fishery controls leading to overfishing of our surrounding seas, depleting indigenous species. The authorities (SFPA) who claim to support a sustainable fishing sector are turning a blind eye (Irish Examiner, 2021).

Reach out to your representative to see what they know and where they stand when it comes to protecting Irish Seas!

You can see them in action in Netflix’s Seaspiracy Documentary.

Come back every day in April to see more!

While you’re here, have you seen our adventure meals?

Lets Keep The Conversation Going!

Who do you think is doing a great job at fighting climate change?

Do you have any suggestions for how we could better protect the environment? 

Let us know! 

Lets Keep The Conversation Going!

Who do you think is doing a great job at fighting climate change?

Do you have any suggestions for how we could better protect the environment? 

Let us know!