The fact is, sharks matter more than you think.
The loss of sharks would set off a chain reaction in our ocean. According to Oceana, “The loss of sharks as top predators in the ecosystem allows the number of grouper, which eat other fish species, to increase. The groupers, in turn, reduce the number of herbivores such as parrotfish, blennies and gobies, in the echo system. Without these herbivores to eat algae off the coral, algae will take over the reef system.” In Oceana’s report Predators as Prey: Why Healthy Oceans Need Sharks, even shark’s proximity to some animals will cause them to behave when choosing feeding sites in ways that are healthier for oceans.
So move over and make way-sharks ultimately will keep us healthy if we protect them.
Take Action! We asked you to please support the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act by calling your elected officials. This bill prohibits the possession, purchase or sale of shark fins in the United States.
Your calls made a difference! On May 18th, the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act was successfully voted on in the Senate committee. SO…the bill is moving forward, which is good news for our sharks and our world’s ocean. Be on the lookout for other actions that will help us get this bill over the finish line!
Protecting Atlantic Treasures:
A coalition of devoted organizations, including our partners at the New England Aquarium, have spent years working to protect areas in the Atlantic from over-fishing and habitat destruction. W2O is proud to have contributed to the success of this campaign.
Help W2O protect our blue planet by Taking Action!
Every effort makes a difference! Climate Change is caused by the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas) that emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, “thickening” the blanket of heat-trapping gasses surrounding the planet. The warming of the oceans affects our weather, food supply and fragile marine animals. Read and learn more about climate change from our partners at the New England Aquarium.
At the April 2014 W2O event, Women emPowered: Leading the future of clean and efficient energy event, we learned that home energy usage is one of the leading contributors to human-induced climate change. You can protect your family, community and our blue planet. Here are some actions that you can take. Big or small, every effort counts!
Take Action on Climate Change
- Engage your elected local government leaders in a discussion about energy efficiency. Find your legislators on the Alliance to Save Energy website and read more about how you can have a voice in saving our blue planet.
- Schedule a free home energy assessment and learn how you can save money and energy in your home. A home energy assessment educates you about improvements you can make to save money and energy. An assessment will determine where your house is losing energy, give advice about updating your heating and cooling systems and identify simple steps for making your home more comfortable and energy efficient. There is no obligation to buy or change anything at the time of the assessment, and it is up to you to decide what best suit your needs and budget when choosing to make upgrades. Every state has home energy assessments companies. Contact your local utility company for information about trained energy audit professionals.
Stop Ocean Noise!
W2O wants you to speak out against human-generated noise from shipping, mining, gas and oil exploration that threatens marine life. Read more about ocean noise and how you can support legislation to stop seismic testing in the Atlantic and everywhere.
Give to the Oceans! Protect our Oceans!
The health of our oceans is crucial to the well-being of both marine and human life. Protect what you love by adding the preservation of the oceans to your “philanthropic dance card.”
- Join W2O and learn more about protecting our oceans.
Only 3 percent of the Earth’s oceans are protected. Ask W2O and our partner, the world renown New England Aquarium what organizations are really making an impact in ocean conservation and research. Marine protect areas and Monuments are important as laboratories for research on species and habitats that sustain them and in turn sustain us.
Save Atlantic Treasures:
Read more about this underwater treasure and tell your elected officials that you would like to see this diverse habitat, right off the coast of New England, become a designated National Monument
Reduce Single Use Plastic Waste
- Write to your local representative about supporting the ban on plastic carry out bags. CLICK HERE for a sample letter and more information about the bill in Massachusetts. More municipalities and states are working on bills to ban single use plastic bags and bottles, microbeads and polystyrene. Support those bills by voting for leaders that will protect our blue planet.
- You can reduce single use plastic in your everyday life by carrying a reusable bag, not only to the grocery store, but also to retails stores when buying all items once put in a single use plastic bag.
- When asking for a drink, say “no thanks” to the straw! You may have to remind your server when they are about to put that glass down at the table, but this is an easy action idea that reduces single use plastic pollution.
- REFUSE SINGLE USE PLASTIC. When offered a single use bag, straw or water bottle, REFUSE (the fourth “R” in Reuse, Recycle, Reduce) and opt to use your own reusable bag (or just carry that small item.)
Get Educated About Purchasing and Ordering Sustainable Seafood:
Use your New England Aquarium Ocean Friendly Seafood card or refer to one of these excellent online resources when buying or ordering seafood:
Learn more by taking our quiz on Key Ocean Issues and then consider taking action.
Learn how to talk to your friends, neighbors and community about risks to our oceans. Click here for our Questions and Answers for Key Ocean Issues.
- Join W2O and our partners at The New England Aquarium to defend, protect and advocate for our ocean
- Start a movement in your town to ban single use plastic
- Join environmental organizations in your local community or in your areas of interest.
- Talk to someone you know about the importance of climate action and bring that person to a W2O event
- Volunteer, attend events, create a local chapter of a group you follow nationally
- Get active on social media, share and post things you like and speak up about ocean and environmental news that worries you
- Run for office (grab that clipboard!) and/or support female candidates (and all candidates) that support an agenda of climate action and ocean protection in local and State elections
- Build a relationship with your local elected officials so you can easily be in touch on issues that concern you about climate and ocean related issues
- Write op-ed pieces for your local newspapers about why the March has inspired you to continue to fight for the protection of our oceans and why climate action must continue to be a priority for everyone
- Be ready to march again when the need arises
- Encourage your family and community to join you in all of the above