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on World Wildlife Day: A Spotlight On Londolozi’s Marine Counterparts

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Dave Mills
Explorer

Nice job, Jemma. Good photos. Good information. Thanks.

Doug Hammerich
Digital Ranger

Very interesting. Thank you.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

Fine info to pass on, Jenna!

Great blog! Will share these points with friends and our family. Also really like the logo with Londolozi’s leopard at the center!!!

Suecol777
Explorer

One thing not mentioned in the suggestions for a healthier and more sustainable marine environment and which I thought might be mentioned under ‘Plastic’ but wasn’t, is an item for which women are largely responsible; and that is the use of microbeads in feminine toiletries, namely body washes and facial exfoliates. These get into the sea. They are ingested by fish which, as a result develop feelings of fullness (satiety) and stop eating. This leads to a corresponding drop in health and condition for the fish. Then, they are eaten by animals ABOVE them in the food chain and these animals – birds, other fish, dolphins, whales and sharks suffer accordingly. Women can put a stop to this by refusing to buy toiletries with plastic microbeads. I believe men also use these products but women more so. There are sustainable alternatives. There are rough gloves, which, if used gently, do as good a job and are infinitely reusable. For many years I used a spoonful of white sugar every few days. At the age of 62 I have a good complexion and I make my own face cream so I know what’s in it and what isn’t. I believe this is a chance for women to make their voice uniquely heard.

Jemma Brewitt
Londolozi Creative Hub

Thank you for adding that in for us Sue. It is indeed something we can easily avoid by using other, less harmful alternatives. Thanks again for the reminder.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Thanks Sue, there are so many things we can do to help!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fabulous article Jemma- well articulated and documented information. I’m passing along to friends…..

What a brilliant blog of awareness Jemma with beautiful pics! Always trying to do our bit but horrified how much plastic waste we create, mostly packaging.

Jemma Brewitt
Londolozi Creative Hub

Thanks so much Jennifer. It really is horrifying! As long as you’re doing your bit, you’re making a difference.

Johanna Browne
Explorer

The best article EVER Jemma! Thank you so much for spreading the word and bringing awareness to these issues!

Lachlan Fetterplace
Digital Ranger

Great tips Jemma! I’d have to add though, that it is good that people want to and are making positive changes at the individual level but we should remember that the two biggest issues for the ocean by far are overfishing and climate change…even plastic pollution has nothing on these two issues in the overall scheme of things. The no 1 thing people can do is vote for political parties that have policies that effectively deal with these issues, put in submissions anytime a public consultancy on this issues occurs, and put pressure on your reps…ring them, write to them. Everything else is tinkering around the edges (which we still need to do of course for many reasons).
I’d add another tip at 10. as well – keep any savings, superannuation, investments etc in ethical banks and investment firms that don’t invest in companies that are adding to all this problems…for example: not much point picking up a few bits of rubbish if you have $$$ invested in a company producing disposable single use plastic etc

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Interesting combinations there, and some very important conservation messages!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

We are polluting our oceans and plastic is probably the biggest culprit. You mentioned valid points Jemma and it is up to us to create awareness about our oceans that is in danger.

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