April 2010 Archives
Welcome back to Seacology's "Islands 101" blog series! Knowing that not everyone eats, sleeps, and breathes islands, we've put together some basic information to help bring you up to speed on the ins and outs of island conservation. If you haven't already, check out our first and second "Islands 101" posts, which covered island geography, ecosystems, ocean zones, and species.
Islands are found in all regions of the globe and off every continent. However, some areas are more island-filled than others, and one of these is the Pacific Ocean. You've probably heard of Polynesia, but do you know where it is? What about Melanesia? Seacology has projects throughout the Pacific--from Chuuk to Java, Fiji to Tuvalu. Read on to learn where in the world these islands are found.
There's been lots of news from the world of coral reefs lately--some good, some not so good. Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the world's oceans but contain about 25% of all identified marine species. They are highly susceptible to many environmental hazards, such as pollution, destructive fishing practices, and the harmful effects of climate change, particularly ocean acidification. Along with rainforests and mangroves, coral reefs are one of the island ecosystems most in need of protection, and the setting of many Seacology projects.
Why do you support Seacology? Would you recommend us to a friend? If so, Seacology needs your help! During the month of April, Seacology has been invited to participate in the Green Choice Campaign, sponsored by Guidestar and GreatNonProfits. The campaign highlights green nonprofits like Seacology, and will promote those organizations that receive at least 10 online reviews.
This is an excellent opportunity for Seacology to receive well-deserved publicity in the online green and philanthropic communities. As a small organization, one of our challenges is sharing the important work we do with as many people as possible.
Help Seacology become one of the top green choices by writing a review of our work protecting islands and your reasons for supporting us. Be sure to indicate that you are posting the review as part of the Green Choice Campaign. You can write your review here: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/341195
As always, thanks for your support of Seacology!
Seacology's group of intrepid field representatives are an important part of what makes our work so effective. Our field representatives act as Seacology's arms and legs, working with communities on some of the world's most remote islands in regions around the world. Ferdie Marcelo, who represents Seacology in the Philippines, maintains a lively blog about his adventures. His latest post describes one of Seacology's newest projects--renovating an historic lighthouse in exchange for the creation of a coral reef and marine protected area on the Philippines' Cabilao Island. To read about Ferdie's trip to Cabilao, visit his blog here.
Below, Ferdie prepares to explore Cabilao's reefs.