Warda Sagal Wins SOMESHA 2019 Green Award

Female journalist Warda Ahmed Roble, better known as Warda Sagal, was awarded the SOMESHA 2019 Green Journalism Award for her coverage of social science issues in Somalia. Especially in light of her courageous and dynamic achievement working across the Somaliland territorial zone. Sagal has reported on radio Hargeisa and for Ergo radio at Nairobi, Kenya.
The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMSHA) seeks to ensure that information is gathered and presented in a neutral manner, that journalists strive for quality in their reporting, and that press freedom is maintained. For more information contact SOMESHA Secretary General H. E. Rev. Sayed Daud Abdi Daud on +252616349997 and Email OR Email.

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2018 is Good Year for Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Below are some highlights of accomplishments at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya.

17 Rhino births, zero poaching

Winner of Google Impact Challenge to Promote Digital Literacy

Make IUCN Green List of Protected areas

Ranger Kapuna “Nanyuki” Lepale won Paradise Award for anti-poaching excellence

Runner Up for Responsible Business Conduct Award for work with communities

Had increase in survival rate of endangered Grevy’s zebra foals

400 students and teachers came to Lewa for classes such as reforestation, water harvesting, wildlife protection and more..

Blood Lions youth workshop a roaring success

The Blood Lions ‘YouthForLions’ team hosted a youth workshop for over 120 high school and university students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa at the Howard College Theatre on 2 March.

The one day event highlighted and discussed activities associated with the captive lion breeding industry in South Africa, and other pressing conservation and tourism topics, such as Responsible Tourism, ethical volunteering programmes, and the harm that interacting with wild animals causes. This was followed by a screening of the award winning Blood Lions® film, which follows acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to uncover the realities about the multimillion-dollar lion breeding and canned hunting industry in South Africa.

The Blood Lions ‘YouthForLions’ campaign is a global movement aimed at informing and engaging the worlds’ youth around the realities of tourist activities that exploit lion, such as cub petting and walking with lions; and the contribution these activities have on the canned hunting industry in South Africa.

For more information about Blood Lions and their YouthForLions campaign, click here

John Miles on the New Wilderness Bill

By John Miles

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a win like the one that is expected to be signed by the President soon. The conservation community is buzzing about the Charles Dingell Jr. Conservation Management and Recreation Act, and rightly so. The legislation permanently continues the federal Land Water Conservation Fund, which helps pay for critical conservation efforts nationwide. Oh, and it adds 1 million acres of new wilderness designation.

Organ Mountains, NM. From National Monument to designated Wilderness area.

Something of this scope hasn’t been passed since President Barack Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. The legislation designated an additional 2 million acres in nine states as wilderness, representing the largest expansion of protected wildlands in over 25 years.

This stuff doesn’t happen often. Here’s a breakdown of what is in the bill.

John Miles is an author, conservation historian and Rewilding Institute Board Member. Retired and now living near Taos, New Mexico, he continues to work for national parks, wilderness, and rewilding the earth. To read the entire Blog click here.

 

4Ocean Pulls 4.1+ Million Lbs. of Trash from Ocean

4Ocean is an organization started by two surfers who were surprised at all the floating trash they encountered while surfing near Bali. Their organization has removed 4.1+ million pounds of trash from the ocean in less than two years. They currently employ 150 people in 27 countries and they’re growing.

 

Nearly 90% of ocean plastic pollution starts on land and enters the ocean through river mouths. Plastic accumulates on the ground where rain and floods wash it into rivers and canals that carry it to the ocean. Nearly 16 billion pounds of plastic enter the oceans annually. And 70% will sink to the bottom of the ocean if it’s not collected.

 

By giving ocean plastic a value they are creating a new economy for the removal of trash and one that will prevent plastic pollution. The Ocean Plastic Recovery campaign will create jobs for local fishermen and improve the quality of life in their communities. They host cleanups all over the world, both above and below the water, to raise awareness and change behavior. Then the reclaimed ocean plastic will be given new life by manufacturers and eliminate the need for virgin plastics.

 

How are they funded? 4Ocean sells bracelets made from recycled plastics and glass. For each bracelet sold they claim they will clean one pound of plastic from the ocean.

Stomach of Dead Whale Contained ‘Nothing But Nonstop Plastic’

By Dalia Mortada, NPR (National Public Radio)

Darrell Blatchley received a call from the Philippines’ Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources early Friday morning reporting that it had a young Cuvier’s beaked whale that was weak and vomiting blood. Within a few hours it was dead. Blatchley, a marine biologist and environmentalist based in the Philippine city of Davao, gathered his team to drive two hours to where the whale had washed up. When the necropsy was performed, Blatchley told NPR, he was not prepared for the amount of plastic they found in the whale’s stomach. “It was full of plastic — nothing but nonstop plastic,” he said. “It was compact to the point that its stomach was literally as hard as a baseball.” “That means that this animal has been suffering not for days or weeks but for months or even a year or more,” Blatchley added. He noted that among the 88 pounds of plastic were 16 rice sacks — similar to potato sacks — and plastic bags from local Philippine grocery chains, Gaisano Capital and Gaisano grocery outlet.

Blatchley is the founder and owner of the D’ Bone Collector Museum, a natural history museum in Davao. In the coming days, the museum will post a list of all the items found in the whale’s system, the museum said in a post on its Facebook page. Blatchley and his team work with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and other organizations to assist in rescue and recovery of marine animals.

“Within the last 10 years, we have recovered 61 whales and dolphins just within the Davao Gulf,” he said. “Of them, 57 have died due to man — whether they ingested plastic or fishing nets or other waste, or gotten caught in pollution — and four were pregnant.” Read more.

300+ Apply for Volunteer Position

The European Wilderness Society recently closed their call for the next Wilderness volunteer, to work with the European Wilderness Society in our main office in Tamsweg, Austria. Over the course of two weeks, they received an amazing total of 322 applicants! The quality and diversity of the applicants was impressive as they came from 32 eligible countries, and from many different backgrounds. The new volunteer will be named soon and will start in June 2019.

4Ocean Has Removed Nearly 1 Million Pounds of Trash

The founders of 4Ocean love to surf. But on a trip to Bali, Indonesia they were amazed at the amount of trash that washed up on the shore each day and how fishermen had to push their boats through it to make their daily catch. From that sobering experience the two founded 4Ocean an organization that is cleaning up the ocean and recycling the trash collected. In two years they have collected nearly one million pounds of trash. Their efforts are funded by bracelets sold off their website. The bracelets are made of recycled materials, are attractive, and fund the removal of one pound of trash for each bracelet sold. They operate out of multiple countries and employ 150 people worldwide. For more information go to http://www.4ocean.com

What does 1 million pounds of trash look like?
1 million pounds = 1.2 billion 10” straws.
That many straws laid end-to-end would circle the equator nearly 7 times.
1 million pounds = 1.3 billion plastic grocery bags
1 million pounds = 36.4 million plastic water bottles
1 million pounds = 2.7 billion cigarette butts

Looking for European Wilderness Volunteer Financed by the EU

Looking for wild adventure and help European Wilderness at the same time? The European Wilderness Society is looking for a wilderness dedicated person between 18 and 30 years old with very good English language skills, and who is willing to express their personal commitment towards wilderness through a full-time voluntary service for a duration of 12 months. The volunteer will start in June 2019.

Deadline for applications is January 27, 2019. Apply here.

Bold Resistance to Nebraska KXL Pipeline

By Art Tanderup
Edited by Alison M Jones, NWNL Director

NWNL INTRO: For 35 years, Art Tanderup worked as a Nebraska Public School educator.  When he and his wife Helen (a student services consultant at a community college for years) retired, they returned to their family farm near Neligh, Nebraska. There they practice no-till farming, plant cover crops, use soil sensors to use less irrigation water, and other conservation practices.

Art and Helen Tanderup in front of sign from protest at Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool in DC. Photo by Alison M Jones.

In late spring 2012, TransCanada announced its “Keystone XL Preferred Route” for carrying tar-sands oil across Nebraska in a hypotenuse-type of shortcut to join the original Keystone 1 oil pipeline [KPL]. This proposed line would run from new Canadian oil fields to the existing KPL line already carrying Canadian oil from other fields to the Gulf of Mexico to be refined for export.

 

TransCanada was ready with land agents to convince farmers and ranchers across the state to give over the easements the company needed. Yet landowners were uneducated about a tar-sands pipeline that would forever threaten their land and water.

 

There are many reasons to be opposed to tar sands extraction and pipelines. The greatest reason is its threat to clean water. If the pipeline leaks, it could pollute the Ogallala Aquifer (aka The Great Plains Aquifer) which covers 8 states from southern South Dakota to Texas. In northern Nebraska, this aquifer’s water table is vulnerably close to the surface, and sometimes above the surface. Many Ogallala springs, streams and rivers carry this precious water across the area known as the Eastern Sandhills to irrigate Nebraska farmland. One pipeline leak in these porous soils could decimate the world’s largest freshwater aquifer.

 

Why would any company or government agency allow the threat of a tar sands pipeline to be built through this pristine area, when none of the oil would help the US as it was for export abroad?  Well, for TransCanada, it is the shortest distance between two points. For the US government, there has been a great lack of awareness of the potential risks. Read more.

 

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