This weeks enviro tip is to join Clean Up Australia Day Sunday March 1st. In the first 23 years they collected 275000 tons of rubbish. And in 2011 they collected 16500 tons of rubbish. So please get involved and join Clean Up Australia Day. If you would like you can make a Clean Up Site or join an organized group and clean up a certain area. You can also donate. Clean Up Australia Day was started in 1989 by Ian Kiernan who wanted to make a difference to Sydney Harbor. It is now celebrated all around Australia! So get out tomorrow with your family and friends and help clean up to keep Australia beautiful.
The video below is one I have been asked to do for school.
So please participate in Clean Up Australia Day
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This weeks enviro tip is recycling your old electronics especially mobile phones. Coltan is found in your phones, computers, game consoles, batteries and cameras. Unfortunately 80% of the worlds coltan reserves are in the Congo which is also the home of endangered Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Elephants. To get Coltan they have to destroy habitat and mine it. This is illegal but it still happens. Even worse, so they will get rich they don't pay their workers properly so the workers also kill the Gorillas for food! Coltan also fuels wars in the Congo which also threatened the now extinct in the wild Norther White Rhino (5 left in the world) and has ended many innocent human lives. In the past 15 years over 50% of the Mountain Gorillas population has been lost mainly due to habitat destruction.
Most companies will let you return your devices by mail and will recycle them. These companies include Sony, Apple, Cannon, LG, Dell, Samsung and many more. Or you can click on the link www.mobilemuster.com.au to find out where you can recycle your old mobile phones.
Don't just take my word for it. Here is Jane Goodall
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I didn't take any of these images.
Since it is Valentines Day I thought I would show you the true romantics of the wild. Below are videos of some of natures most romantic animals. They are the Peacock Spider, Birds Of Paradise, Vogelkop Bowerbird and the Magnificent Riflebird. Vote for your favourite.
As you can see nature dosn't need e-harmony. So fellas if you havn't got your valentine some flowers practice some of the Peacock Spiders moves. Dont forget to throw in some colour like the Magnificent Riflebird or Bird of Paradise or maybe just clean things up and impress with your work around the house like the Vogelkop Bowerbird.
Please tell me which one you think should win the ultimate Animal Valentine Award!
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This weeks enviro tip is to buy only 100% FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified or recycled paper/toilet paper/tissues/paper towels.
Australian Blue Gum Plantations are threatening our Koalas. Because of their disappearing habitat they find their way to the plantation. When they chop down a plantation tree that a Koala is in they die. A few will die every hour or sometimes one a day! Some times a Koala will go through a shredder! Apparently there are 8000 Koalas in a 20 kilometer radius in one of their plantations! Australian Blue Gum Plantations says that this isn't happening. They just don't care, they don't care about Koalas. That is what drives me mad. For more info click on the link, 7:30 Koala story.
But if you are in the US you have to worry about Paseo. Paseo is the fastest growing toilet paper company in the US today. It is supplied by Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) which is not sustainably made or recycled. APP has destroyed 5 million acres of Sumatran rainforest. Since 1985 more than half of Sumatra's rainforest has been lost! Sumatra is the only place on earth where Tigers, Orangutans & Elephants live together. This does not just destroy habitat for critically endangered species but also pollutes. Indonesia has became the third biggest polluter after the US and China.
So don't buy unsustainably made or non-recycled paper including ones from Australian Blue Gum Plantations, Paseo and Livi. If your not sure just check the back of the packet. Buy products that are labelled as FSC certified or use 100% recycled paper.
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Today I visited Batavia Flying Fox Sanctuary in Woodford where they look after and release rehabilitated Flying Foxes (mainly Grey-Headed Flying Foxes & Black Flying Foxes). There were some new Flying Fox arrivals today brought in by Bats QLD. These bats needed to be looked after because of a heat wave through northern NSW (Casino). These Flying Foxes went into Creche today at Batavia and will eventually be released in the future. I will soon be putting more information about Bats QLD and Batavia on my website. I learned a lot of things today, like Flying Foxes groom themselves pretty much all day and when they need to do their business they will hang onto a branch and then go! Bats are very important because they pollinate across larger areas than bees and birds. Plus there are some plants that only open their flowers at night so the Flying Foxes are the only ones that can pollinate them. After all no me, no tree, no Koala, Gliders etc. Watch my interview below with Gabi from Batavia Flying Fox Sanctuary to learn more about the importance of flying foxes and why we need to help protect them.
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