Award-winning Captain Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace, and founder, president and executive director of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society talks about a wide gamut of marine conservation issues. Everything from the current state of wild whale populations, to Canada’s recent ban of shark fin and cetacean import, as well as the commercial seal hunt and single-use plastics.
Paul Watson’s recommendation:
“Look at what your personal footprint is when it comes to the ocean. Try becoming more and more aware of the ocean. For most people the ocean is out of sight, and out of mind. But the fact is that it is the life support system of the planet. If the ocean dies we die. If phytoplankton were to disappear tomorrow, we would all die. We cannot live on a planet without phytoplankton producing 70% of the oxygen we breathe, and since 1950 there has been a 40% diminishment in phytoplankton populations around the world. And most people aren’t even aware of what phytoplankton is.”
Did you know? Bats are mammals and the only mammals that are capable of true flight. They comprise one fifth of all the mammal species in the world, are intelligent, have social lives, and contrary to public perception, are not blind and will not get caught in your hair! Bats can live up to 44 years, and scientists are studying the bat genome in order to learn how to expand the human life span. Listen as Zoocheck founder and director Rob Laidlaw, clarifies how bats are in fact harmless, beneficial to humans and to the environment, and are an animal we must protect. Learn how we should never chase, hit, or try to catch bats, and how they are in fact, very cute creatures that serve as helpers to humans and the world around us.
Did you know that Canada has several populations of wild free-roaming horses? Listen as Julie Woodyer, Campaigns Director, Zoocheck, and one of the most competent animal advocates working in Canada today, tells us all about Canada’s wild populations, their history and their cultural significance. Learn in detail about the current plight of Alberta’s wild horses, the ones that most need our protection, and what you can do to help keep them free.
Join Liz White, founder of Animal Alliance of Canada and leader of the Animal Protection Party of Canada, as she dispels the myths and misconceptions about cormorants in the Great Lakes Basin and explains why their presence is ecologically positive and an environmental good news story.