In Taiwan, the 28th February 2017 was designated as Peace Memorial Day (二二八事件). On the 28th February 1947, an anti-government uprising in Taiwan was violently suppressed by the Kuomintang-led Republic of China government, which killed thousands of civilians. What better day then to go clean some beaches and help give something back to the Taiwanese people. Continue reading “Beach Cleaning – Keelong, Taiwan”
Maybe 2016 will be remembered as the year of ‘The Trump’ and the global rise of the “Alt Right” political movement. Perhaps this is a predictable response by people ignored for generations by the political and wealthy elites and threatened by global expansion and global catastrophes. Or maybe people will remember the seemingly high numbers of famous people who passed. Luminaries such as Prince and Bowie, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Leonard Cohen and Harper Lee, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, George Micheal, Mohammed Ali and most recently Carrie Fisher. Perhaps though, their spirits were buoyed by the ratification of the Paris Agreement. This landmark agreement is designed to hold the world to task. From it, we hope to create a strategy to mitigate the worst effects of global warming with a challenge to limit the rise to under 2 degs C.
For me though, it was something else that resonated. Something so profound, I know it will stick with me for the rest of my life.
The world’s largest crochet plastic sea turtle began life as an idea a short time after artist Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang had moved to Thailand, witnessing first hand the destruction of marine habitats
through plastic pollution, over-fishing, poor marine management, ocean acidification and the impacts of global warming. Continue reading “The World’s Largest Crochet Sea Turtle”
Last year there was a very powerful video posted by the Leatherback Trust of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck up her nostril . This example highlights the very real impact straws are having on wildlife.
Continue reading “52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 2. Straws”
One Brown Planet had the pleasure to help out the RE-THINK 重新思考group of volunteers, at a beach clean in Bali Province, close to Taipei. We were joined by over 400 other volunteers, and together we helped collect over 1500 kgs of garbage on the beach. Continue reading “Beach Clean – Bali Province, Taiwan”
Another awesome beach clean with the team from Project – Koh Rin Island and One Brown Planet. Today we had 24 volunteers and spent a great day snorkeling, eating great food from Baba eating house. And of course, cleaning the beach at Koh Rin.