I am a member of the Queensland Youth Environment Council (QYEC) and our current campaign is to ban the release of helium balloons in Queensland. Balloon litter is extremely common in places like parks as children's parties are often held there. They are also often released at events and what goes up must come down, littering beaches, the ocean and waterways. Threatening countless animal species. Balloons especially affect highly endangered Sea Turtles. So when a Sea Turtle eats one they are at risk of floating syndrome, which makes them float on the surface of the water so they can't dive down to eat and they are also more likely to get hit by boats. The streamers attached to balloons are also a problem as they can easily get entangled around birds feet and make them drop off eventually because of the lack of circulation. Releasing balloons is littering and it is just glorified pollution.
You can help us to stop the release of helium balloons by signing our petition to ban helium balloons in Queensland here. Please share this post with your friends and family.
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Recently I went into Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to do a interview on cassowaries. The Southern Cassowary is a Ratiltie. A Ratiltie simply means a large flightless bird. These amazing creatures are extremely important for the rainforests of northern Queensland as they disperse seeds around the rainforest helping it to expand. As well as eating fruit these birds also eat fungi and small insects. The Southern Cassowary is very misunderstood. It is sometimes labelled as the world's most dangerous bird but the truth is that it has only killed one person. And that person was chasing after it with a dog! Unfortunately they are extremely rare in the wild. Their threats are habitat destruction, dog attacks, getting hit by cars and climate change.
Watch my interview with Jordan to learn more about Cassowaries and what Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is doing to help save them.
This is my last Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Conservation Interview. I would like to thank Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and especially the staff who gave up their time to allow me to interview them. Thank you everyone for all your support with this series of interviews. I hope everyone enjoyed watching them over the past year.
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This morning I joined Gecko and other volunteers to participate in Clean Up Australia Day at Currumbin Creek. It was great to see people getting outdoors and cleaning up. As you can see in the photo together we collected bags upon bags of rubbish which would have made its way into the creek and ocean. The most common item I found was cigarette butts followed by styrofoam. But I also found fishing line, bottles, plastic bags, bottle caps, lolly wrappers, straws, cans, chocolate wrappers, lolly pop sticks, shattered glass, a paint brush and even $5!
It was great to talk to channel 7 and 9 news about Clean Up Australia Day and what people can do to help reduce waste in our environment.
Clean Up Austraila Day only happens once a year but we can still make a difference every other day by doing simple small actions that all add up.
Here are three easy tips for people to help stop littering:
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