Join with Greenpeace to save our oceans

What’s happening?

Less than 1% of the world’s oceans are protected from all human activity. We are fishing ourselves into a crisis that threatens global fish stocks, marine biodiversity and local economies. Our oceans are in desperate need of saving from a number of tragedies: overfishing, destructive fishing, illegal fishing, unfair fishing and climate change.

Overfishing: Since industrial fishing began in the 1950s, global fish stocks have been in decline. Armed with sophisticated technologies, we’re catching fish beyond nature’s ability to replenish the seas. 90% of the oceans’ large predatory fish, such as tuna, swordfish, marlin and sharks, have been taken from our oceans.

Destructive fishing: Every year, 27 million tonnes of unwanted fish and marine life – such as endangered turtles, sharks, and dolphins – are killed alongside the target fish. These practices are pushing many marine species towards extinction.

Illegal fishing: In the Pacific, 46% of all fish caught is illegal, unreported and unregulated.

Unfair fishing: Unfair agreements between foreign fishing nations and Pacific Island nations mean the local people who rely on the oceans for sustenance and work are losing out.

Climate Change: As climate change causes sea ice in our polar oceans to melt and air pollution increases the acidity of our oceans, the degradation of our oceans is gathering pace. Sea water temperatures and sea levels have already started to rise and and change ocean currents. Whole species of marine animals and fish are at risk – they simply cannot survive in the changed conditions.

Greenpeace’s efforts

Fundamental changes need to be made in the way our oceans are managed. We must shift from destructive to sustainable fisheries. A sustainable fishery is one that doesn’t reduce fish stocks or impact marine biodiversity. Examples of sustainable fishing techniques include pole and line fishing, drop lines and troll lines.

We also need to provide a safe haven for marine life and close some areas of ocean to all human activity. Greenpeace is campaigning for a global network of marine reserves that cover 40% of our oceans. Marine reserves are essential to restoring and preserving the health of our oceans.

Supporting Greenpeace

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Join with Greenpeace in defending our oceans:
http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/what-we-do/oceans/Defending-our-Oceans/

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