It’s easy for those of us who care about the earth and its residents (be they animals or humans) to get depressed when we read or watch the news. However its good to remember that it’s not all gloom and doom. Just this last week there have been at least three notable success stories that can help give all of us a little hope.
The first has been in the headline news. An estimated ~300,000 demonstrators converged in New York on September 21st to peacefully participate in the People’s Climate March. The March was scheduled the day before a United Nations climate summit meeting so World Leaders could personally experience this groundswell of public support for action to reduce the effects of Climate Change and its detrimental effects to the ocean.
The second story did not receive as much press, but is expected to have an unprecedented conservation impact. On September 25th, President Obama signed a proclamation that will expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 83,000 square miles to 490,000 square miles. It will be the largest protected area on the planet and is expected to benefit endangered Hawaiian monk seals, whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, tuna, coral reefs, and millions of sea birds and fish.
I quietly found the final story online while I was looking for some inspiration for this blog.
This story describes National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project. Since its launch in 2009, the program has been successful in protecting over 150,000 square miles of unspoiled ocean as “no-take” zones in countries as diverse as the United States, Chile, Kiribati and Costa Rica. The global initiative continues to spearhead efforts to eventually protect over 770,000 square miles that will represent the “last wild places in the ocean”. The website has a short video clip that further describes the project and its grass roots approach. Even without the message, the video is worth watching if you enjoy stunning underwater photography.