Get inspired… World Wildlife Day

 

wwd_logo_englishOur global environment and wildlife are highly impacted by human consumption. A clear example is how plastic in the ocean has severely affected aquatic wildlife. In order to pay tribute to World Wildlife day, the MIDPA has chosen to focus on this current global issue.

More than 250 million tons of plastic products are manufactured each year. While this number might initially seem outrageous or unrealistic, when we think about it, most of our daily routines involve use of products that either contain plastic or are wrapped in plastic. Food, cosmetics, soap, kitchen equipment, computers, and toys are just some examples. The use of plastic is so widespread that even washing our clothes made of polyester means that microplastics are being washed out into the oceans!

We can no longer ignore the impact that plastic and microplastic has had on wildlife- not just aquatic but also birds and even humans that might ingest these microplastics through seafood. If you find the previous statement quite hard to digest (pun intended) then the following video by National Geographic might give you a better understanding of this particular issue:

If you are still not convinced or would like to know a little bit more on this topic, the MIDPA has selected some relevant videos and organisations of interest to further expand your mind.

To give you more context, World Wildlife day is one of United Nations International days. You can read more about the campaign on wildlifeday.org or follow WWD2017 on Twitter.
The United Nations also lists ‘Life Below Water’ as Sustainable Development Goals number 14 which is why they are currently championing a campaign to beat the microbeads in our products.

World Wildlife Foundation is probably one of the best known organisations working to save endangered species. 

However, this issue is not reserved for the third sector alone. As a matter of fact, corporations have also seen business opportunities and a potential market in putting value on discarded plastic products. Saltwater Brewery is an example of how innovation and rethinking can address sustainability problems while still being profitable and business oriented.

The Ocean Cleanup is another project that tries to address the problem.

Last but not least, ABC’s documentary Oceans of Plastic is a fantastic and thought-provoking way to ponder and debate on what we should all be doing on World Wildlife Day: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2017/02/27/4624878.htm

We certainly hope this will inspire you to #DoOneThingToday to save and improve our wildlife!

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Get Inspired by Amnesty International

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Amnesty International Monash – Caulfield

In lieu of the United Nations International Day for Zero Discrimination, our editorial team attended a talk about Marriage Equality arranged by Amnesty International Monash Caulfield (AIMC).

For all those of you who might have missed it, Amnesty International is currently campaigning for equal rights to marriage in Australia. As stated on their website “All of us have a right to be free from discrimination. That includes discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation”. This is a fundamental part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is important to highlight that, on a global scale, 23 countries have already made same-sex marriage possible. [Fun fact: The Netherlands were the first country to introduce the necessary legislative measures in 2001 with Finland being the latest nation to join the ranks.]

It is curious to note that according to Amnesty International’s report, two-thirds of Australians think that everyone should have equal access to marriage. However, this is still a contentious issue wich continues to be pushed back by Australian politicians. With this campaign Amnesty International is trying to reform the Marriage Act, so it allows everyone to get married and have the same rights.As part of the campaign Amnesty International have created this video:

By the end of the talk we had the opportunity to interview the president of AIMC, Marco La Rocca, about the campaign:

“Marriage equality is a campaign conducted by Amnesty international Victoria that tries to pressure Parliament to push for the right for everyone to get married. Act Now with us, Amnesty International Monash Caulfield, by signing the petition at our stall, or directly trough Amnesty International’s website. Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be possible for everyone to marry the person they love.

If this sounds like something you could get on board with, do not hesitate to visit Amnesty International’s website to learn more about how you can make Marriage Equality in Australia a reality.

 

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