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uShaka Sea World animals support the Global #ClimateStrike
Today marks the beginning of the Global Climate Strike planned for 20-27 September 2019. There is a #climatecrisis and our planet is in peril, yet world governments are not reacting to this emergency.
Despite the evidence – increased frequency of natural disasters, heatwaves, floods, droughts, changing rainfall patterns, forest fires, rising sea level, ocean acidification etc. – world governments are conducting a business-as-usual approach.
The Global Climate Strike is inspired by youth climate activist, Greta Thunberg and her #Fridaysforfuture movement. Greta went on a school strike so that she could demonstrate outside the Swedish parliament, calling for #climatejusticenow. The FridaysforFuture movement gained momentum and to date over 1.4 million youth have joined the climate strike.
Today, three days before a United Nations emergency climate summit being held in New York, young people are mobilising for their largest global climate strike ever. Young people from over 150 countries will be joining the climate strike. In Durban, there is a strike planned from the International Convention Centre (ICC) to City Hall from 11:00 today.
uShaka Sea World animals need you to find out more about the Global Climate Strike and see what you can do to help. ...
Whilst International Beach Clean-up will be celebrated around the world tomorrow, Saturday 21st September 2019, at SAAMBR we started the day early by celebrating International Recycling Day with our partners, Plastics SA and the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa.
Recycling our litter is the first step towards reducing the amount of litter that ends up in the ocean.
If you haven’t signed up to join an organised beach clean-up tomorrow, it’s not too late.
Below are some contacts details of groups who are still looking for volunteers.
KZN beach clean-up - Blue Lagoon Beach (south of the pier) : Presha 0721456322
Durban bay clean up - Point Yacht Club : Lauren 0722803459
Wildtrust - Wilsons Wharf : Rachel 074447519
Astrapak - Pirates Beach : Mylene 0823332087
WESSA - Treasure Beach : Nomfundo 0727418223
Once litter has been collected, volunteers will carefully sort the litter and recorded everything on international data sheets. This data will be sent to the Ocean Conservancy for inclusion in the International Beach Clean Up database. The Clean-up is not just about cleaning the beaches; it is also about identifying the litter, so that we can address the source of the problem.
See you at the beach.
In July 1961, a very oiled, sad looking penguin washed up at Ifafa Beach on the South Coast. This unhappy little bird was brought into the aquarium in desperate need of help. The animal care team began deep cleaning his feathers with a cotton wool swab soaked in carbon tetrachloride. A very time consuming process which lasted three weeks.
When most of the oil had been removed, they began washing him several times a day with detergent until he was considered clean enough to join the other resident penguins in the main reef tank.
Today the process is much easier. Heavily oiled penguins are cleaned with canola to soften the oil and then washed in detergent. A much quicker process.
This endearing little fellow stole the hearts of the staff who named him “ORI”. ORI settled into his own daily routine. In the morning, his spot of choice was the fish cutting table where he could eat as many choice bits as he liked. Twice a day, at 11am and 3pm, he reported to the main reef tank where he thrilled the crowds with his amazing swimming and diving feats.
The rest of the day he waddled around greeting everyone and visiting his favourite people – often hopping up on to their desk for a special treat or friendly peck. ...
ORI Senior Scientist Dr Bronwyn Goble recently graduated with her PhD in Environmental Science for her study on alternative approaches to knowledge sharing and information storage for integrated coastal management (ICM) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).