Hello friends & family! It's not only the 1st day of summer here in Aotearoa, but it's also the start of my birthday season! A couple of weeks ago I shared the LiveOcean page (on Facebook) with you and asked you to give it a like. And heaps of you did! Thank you for that. Now, brazen girl that I am, I'm asking you to make a donation to the cause for my birthday.
My mates Pete & Blair are like us -- sailors, divers, surfers -- and they are pouring their love of the sea into this mission. Their first project is saving the Antipodean albatross.
For those of you who followed along on our voyage, you might remember that on our passage from Pitcairn to Auckland we saw only 3 things: blue blueness bluing bluefully, plastic in the sea, and one of these incredible birds. It was such a special experience... it flew with us for a while and we were mesmerized. It gave us hope! The possibility of losing the Antipodean albatross leaves me sad in my heart. Please do what you can to help. The link to donate is in the comments section. Kiwi mates, you can donate directly via your bank.
Millions of volunteers in a 150-country network will unite to clean the world in a single day. Since 2008, nearly 20 million people from around the globe have joined the Let’s Do It! World movement. Our movement connects and empowers citizens, companies and governments to clean up their countries of mismanaged waste, such as litter and illegal waste dump sites.
Commit to cleaning up your favorite park, waterway, beach, or neighborhood. Get a few friends together, and post some photos of what you've cleaned up! Let's keep the rubbish out of the sea and keep Aotearoa beautiful!
Callaloo Blue partners with The Big Microplastic Survey!
The Big Microplastic Survey is a global citizen science project that will gather data and information about the microplastics problem from around the world. It is aimed at individuals and organisations that have access to the coast, rivers and lakes and want to get involved in gathering scientific data. Callaloo Blue was the first group in New Zealand to take part, and we will continue to gather data on our voyages and travels.
Callaloo Blue is partnering with environmental groups all over New Zealand for Plastic-Free July. Please click through to the Facebook event page to find out how you can be part of this amazing plastic-free journey!
World Oceans Day is June 8th! Let's clean up our beaches!
How to participate:
1) Post which beach (or waterway) you are going to clean up.
2) SHARE the event: get your friends, family, and co-workers to
3) Head out to the beach (or out on the water) between the
8th & 10th of June (or any day, really) and collect rubbish.
4) Post a photo of what you have collected.
Between now and then, consider alternatives for single-use plastics in your day-to-day life. For more information, check out our plasticfreeseas tab and consider taking the Clean Seas Pledge!
We've partnered with Sustainable Coastlines in Auckland & Wellington. Please contact their offices to pick up your clean up kit!
From the photo submissions, there will be a random drawing for a prize basket containing alternatives to single-use plastics. Stay tuned for sponsors and content! (Open to NZ participants.)
Check out the event on the World Oceans Day website: http://www.worldoceansday.org/events-current-year/world-oceans-day-kiwi-cleanup
Sustainable Coastlines is having a World Oceans Day event, and we'll be speaking! Here is the link: http://sustainablecoastlines.org/event/albatross-world-oceans-day/
This is a short clip of a black bear catching a fish in Anan Creek. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to get very close to these bears in a natural setting. Photos are posted on the Callaloo Blue Facebook page.
Jon getting in a little vitamin sea therapy session after a series of unfortunate events we experienced sailing from Deer Harbor on Orcas Island to Sucia, where the Ardea is anchored. Orcas and Sucia are part of the San Juan Islands, in the State of Washington in the USA. Special thanks to Anthony Abate for the great video!
Please stop by to say farewell to the intrepid Callaloo Cruise Team (Noj & Michele!) in preparation for their extended world cruise. The Ardea will be at the CYC dock for the event. We look forward to seeing you then!
The CYC bar will be open and snacks will be available.