Monday, December 28, 2009

Ocean Wave Rave 500! Jan 16 th



Wave Rave 500



Event: "Global Ocean Wave Rave 500"

Ocean Conservation: Marine Life Protection,
Bringing An End to horrific Shark Finning

GLOBAL WAVE RAVE Rally
for Imaging Foundation - "Sea Save"


Date: January 16, 2010


Wave Rave 500

Signup Link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=229971249728&ref=mf

Description: You’re invited to participate in a Wave Rave 500 Celebration! Join thousands of groups around the world as we unite for a common purpose—to celebrate our oceans, enjoy friends, and show our support for an ocean conservation organization!


Imaging Foundation-Sea Save is one of the finalists in the “Chase Community Giving” Facebook contest. With enough of your votes, we will win $1 million to help protect our oceans!

We need your energy! Here’s one way you can help:

Host a “Wave Rave 500” event on Saturday, January 16th.

This event will be an opportunity to rally support and have fun while celebrating our oceans. People from around the world will volunteer to host a Wave Rave in their local community. By doing so, we will send a strong message that ocean conservation defies boundaries. In order to affect real change, we must garner support from people of all political, religious, and national affiliations. To see current hosts, please go to http://tinyurl.com/waverave


Why: The ocean’s health is in danger and in dire need of our attention. Studies are surfacing at an alarming rate, and they all concur: Our water planet is in trouble. Overfishing, acidification, immense swirling garbage patches, poaching and multiple other insults are turning our once brimming oceans into barren waters.

This event is an opportunity to have fun and show international support for our oceans. While there you will be able and to “vote” for an organization that is taking steps to reverse this tide. The Imaging Foundation-Sea Save has been named a finalist in the Chase Community Giving Facebook contest. With enough votes, they can win funding to support their ocean conservation initiatives. It’s time to celebrate and rally support!

When: January 16, 2010

Ocean conservation defies boundaries. People from around the world have volunteered to host a Wave Rave in their local community. In order to affect real change, we must garner support from people of all political, religious, and national affiliations. To see current hosts, please go to: http://tinyurl.com/waverave

Signup Link:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=229971249728&ref=mf




Website: ImagingFoundation.org



Just Say No! To Fi^&*ning Soup! ImagingFoundation.org/fins

Friday, December 11, 2009

SHARKS WERE REVERED BY THE PRE-INCAS


I am currently on vacation in Peru.

Today we visited the Huaca Pucllana ruins and museum. I found it very interesting that the pre-Incas dating back to 200 A.D. considered sharks a symbol of strength. The strength from the sea. Pottery showing a 2-headed shark was used for cooking and storing food and especially for religious ceremonies.

Although they fished these sharks for food, these great animals were revered. The religious world of the Limas culture was dominated by the sea and it was represented by waves and this 2-headed shark. Fishing for sharks was difficult since it was all done by hand. Actually catching a shark was great proof of your value to the community and that the gods were looking at you favorably. Any part of the shark not eaten (teeth, cartilage) was buried and offered to the gods to thank them for this gift.

Wouldn´t we all benefit from similar thinking regarding sharks?


The Truth Must Surface


Even as millions of sharks are being poached and finned, there is a group entrenched in the multi-billion dollar finning industry who are advocating shark killing and mutilation. A sensationalistic documentary, set to release in 2010, claims that conservationists are embellishing statistics for self-serving purposes. About shark conservation groups, onscreen finning advocates insist,“ Problems, drama, and crisis are their bread and butter.”

Recent reputable studies prove that between 80–90% of the large marine animals in the oceans have disappeared over the last 20 years. Graphic imagery of the merciless act of shark finning depicts fishermen ripping the fins from still-living animals and tossing the writhing creatures overboard. These are but a few of the reasons that ocean conservation community is calling for economically viable fishing alternatives for would-be poachers in third world countries.

We need to stop the wasteful killing. We need to stop the torture of finning. We need to drown out the ill-informed and self-interested voices.

If you feel as strongly about this as our group of volunteers please take a moment to vote in the Chase Giving Facebook contest. Friends, it is now or never, please join us as we turn the tide. There were problems with the site over the last few days and many Care2 people were unable to vote. Now the site is operational. If you are a Facebook user, please take a few minutes to support “Imaging Foundation”—a non-profit that has a strong history of shark protection and education.

Here's how to vote:

1. Log in to Facebook and follow this link: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/462810

2. Facebook will then ask you if you want to “Allow” this application on your homepage. Click “Allow.” Keep in mind, you can always remove this access immediately after voting.

3. You will then be prompted to the Imaging Foundation Community Giving page.

4. Click the “Become a Fan of this Page” button

5. Once you are a fan, click “VOTE FOR CHARITY”

Use the tools provided at the bottom of the voting page ("Tweet This," "Post to Wall," and "Invite a Friend") to spread the word!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Ocean is in Dire Need of Attention. The Clock is Ticking...



The ocean spans over 71 % of our planet and it plunges to depths of 36,201 feet. Over 3.5 billion people depend on the oceans for their primary food supply, but it is not a bottomless resource.

Ocean health is in danger, and in dire need of our attention. Studies are surfacing at an alarming rate, and they all concur: Our water planet is in trouble. Overfishing, acidification, immense swirling garbage patches, poaching and multiple other insults are turning our once brimming oceans into barren waters.

Modern technology can help us. We can leverage new information to dive deeper and learn more about oceans than we ever could before. This same sophistication has also optimized fishing technology, but at what cost? We now have floating factories that harvest fish with such precision that they leave nothing but refuse in their wake. If we harvest everything, where will we find the next generation of marine life?

Damage to our air, forests, and wildlife are visible, debatable. Over 90% of ocean damage is invisible. Because oceans remain largely unexplored only a handful of humans can stand witness to both the beauty and the tragedy that lies beneath the waves. We must recognize these limits to our valuable resource, or nothing will remain.

As we shift our attention to Copenhagen and to the issue of Global Warming, we should consider the 71% of the planet that lies unseen. The increased CO2 levels in our atmosphere are causing our oceans to become more acidic. If we allow this trend to continue, the oceans will soon become inhospitable to most life.

Plastic and excess packaging is also beginning to take its toll on the sea. “Biodegradable plastics” break down into smaller pieces, even to large molecules, but then the synthetic material floats in the ocean, unable to join the carbon cycle of life. This material is accumulating in the center of our oceans, known as gyres, most notably in the North Pacific. The plastic particles mimic estrogen and have begun to work their way up the food chain as small marine animals ingest them. Subsequently, larger fish that have fed on a diet high in these plastics are finding their way to market.

As our fishing methods have advanced and as global demand has increased, we have fished our oceans to the brink. Fisheries along the California Coast are closing. Cod in the North Atlantic are gone. Unfortunately, these are only two of the many worldwide scenarios. Orphaned longlines, uncontrolled poaching even in the few protected areas we have set aside, trawling that rips up the entire ocean floor for the harvest of a few shrimp—this is all irresponsible behavior. If we continue with our current practices, we may not be affected in our lifetime. Our children, however, will look back at this generation and blame us for mass extinction, global starvation, and upheaval.

Without healthy oceans, our entire planet will become sick. The ocean will continue to decline if we do not do something. We need to act now, or the oceans we know today will cease to exist tomorrow.

The Imaging Foundation - Sea Save is taking steps to reverse this tide. Yesterday, the Care2 Daily Action was created to help the Imaging Foundation reach its goal and you responded! Unfortunately, a Facebook technical glitch prevented many people from voting . It seems Facebook has fixed this glitch and we urge you to try once again.

You are just a few clicks away from doing your part! Voting takes a few minutes, and it’s a simple way to make a real impact.

With your help, the Imaging Foundation will win much-needed funds to support shark protection and other ocean conservation issues.

Here's a step-by-step guide for how to vote:

1. Log in to Facebook and follow this link: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/462810
2. Facebook will then ask you if you want to “Allow” this application on your homepage. Click “Allow.” Keep in mind, you can always remove this access immediately after voting.
3. You will then be prompted to the Imaging Foundation Community Giving page.
4. Click the “Become a Fan of this Page” button.
5. Once you are a fan, click "VOTE FOR CHARITY"

VOTING ENDS TOMORROW! WHY WAIT? VOTE TODAY!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Your Opportunity to Protect Sharks with a Few Clicks!

We have lost over 80% of the large fish in our oceans. Disappearance of these apex species is endangering all our ocean animals. We need to take action now, or our children might never experience the beauty of a dolphin or marine turtle, fisheries will collapse, and thousands of humans will starve. Our oceans are heading toward the tipping point from which they will not be able to recover.


Shark finning is one of the largest problems we face. This inhumane practice must be stopped. Sharks are hauled out of the ocean, and each fin is methodically sawed off the living animals. The sharks are then dumped back into the sea. The animals thrash as they sink to the ocean floor where they will lie, unable to swim, as they slowly die.


It is estimated that 10-100 million sharks are slaughtered each year for their fins. The shark-finning industry is valued at US$1.2 billion. How can we fight this? We can start with just a few clicks.

Chase Bank is giving away a total $5 million to non-profits across the nation. The recipients of this money will be decided based on which organizations have the most votes on Facebook. With your help, the Imaging Foundation will win much-needed funds to support shark protection and other ocean conservation issues.


Here's a step-by-step guide for how to vote:

1. Log in to Facebook and follow this link: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/462810


2. Facebook will then ask you if you want to “Allow” this application on your homepage. Click “Allow.” Keep in mind, you can always remove this access immediately after voting.


3. You will then be prompted to the Imaging Foundation Community Giving page.

4. Click the “Become a Fan of this Page” button


5. Once you are a fan, click “VOTE FOR CHARITY”


At this point, your profile picture will appear on the page, showing your commitment to ocean conservation! Use the tools provided at the bottom of the voting page ("Tweet This," "Post to Wall," and "Invite a Friend") to spread the word!