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Jemma Thorpe

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Jemma grew up on a farm in the Midlands Meander in Kwa-Zulu Natal and studied at the University of Cape Town. With little bush experience but with many hours of au pairing, teaching English and forming a love for travel, Jemma found herself ...

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

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

Very interesting. Thank you.

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!!!

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.

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.

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

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

Senior Digital Ranger

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.

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

Senior Digital Ranger

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

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

Interesting combinations there, and some very important conservation messages!

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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