Giving Tuesday is coming!

Teacher training goes back to Sapelo Island!

Thanks to VW Chattanooga, our teacher training workshop on Sapelo Island is happening again!  It’s a great place to learn about coastal ecology but also get energized along side other teacher all organized by the fabulous Jim Watson.  Teacher education goes to the coast! Read more

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Dennery Caribbean SEA Young Adults Helping with Whiptail Survey on Maria Islands

Dennery Caribbean SEA Maria IslandsDennery Caribbean SEA young adults helping with whiptail survey on Maria Islands with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the National Trust of St Lucia!

We attended the Media and Youth Workshop in Trinidad in 2014

What does the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance do? Where do we go? Well – we were invited to speak and teach in Trinidad and Tobago!

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A description of the Workshop:

Scenes from the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean‘s (GWP-C’s) first ever Media and Youth Workshop on Water Security and Climate Resilience on December 18th and 19th, 2014.The workshop aimed to provide Caribbean media and communication practitioners and active members of environmental youth organisations such as the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) and Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance (SEA) with relevant information and training on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Climate Resilience.GWP-C recognises the critical importance of the role of Caribbean media and communication practitioners in advocating and building awareness on key development issues such as water security and its relationship with climate resilience. Also important to the GWP-C is encouraging and supporting young people and youth organisations to be fully active and engaged in learning and sharing knowledge on water and climate change issues.A key objective of the workshop is to also increase dialogue and knowledge exchange between media and communication practitioners and youth groups working on climate and water issues in the Caribbean.Special thanks to our partner, the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP) who collaborated with us to facilitate the field trip component of the workshop.

The workshop was executed under the GWP-C’s Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP).

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Clean Water Camp 2014 Video

We just don’t work in the Caribbean – Clean Water is a bit of a problem everywhere. Check out this video for the work done on South Chickamauga Creek.

 

The Clean water camp is one of the things we do locally in Tennessee/Georgia.

Giving Tuesday

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Today is Giving Tuesday. Please consider the Caribbean SEA and TenneSEA Kids 4 Clean Water in your charitable giving plans.

During the busy holiday season, please consider helping Caribbean and TenneSEA provide programs for Students and Communities to better protect and restore our precious water.  From rain gardens at schools in Tennessee  to constructed wetlands and latrines in under developed countries, our kids are leading the way to better water (and learning Science and Engineering at the same time)!

There are 3 ways you can help!

  • Donate using the button to the right!
  • Sign up for Amazon Smile and designate the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance as your favorite charity. Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance when you shop at AmazonSmile.
  • Volunteer!  We can use volunteers for event, student projects, restoration projects and in the Gear Closet!

Even Head of The Hooch regatta wants clean water!

I have to brag on the Chattanooga Junior Rowers crew…..Katie and Lizze nearly fell in a very cold Tennessee River trying to get the litter out that had blown in from the regatta site.  Just think if our river was covered in trash….would the Head of the Hooch want to hold its regatta in Chattanooga?  Would the long distance swimmers Swim the Suck and keep swimming for 10 miles down the river?  We have issues with our river…from sewage to medications, but it still keeps flowing. Chattanooga has such spectacular outdoor resources….let’s make sure the water is respected, too.

Great Ocean Facts

Conservation International sent out an email today with these great facts on it! I just can’t help but share them with you!!

 

70 Percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans.

1 Percent of the Earth’s oceans are protected. 

1 billion People worldwide depend on the ocean as their main source of protein.

52 Percent of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited. Another 20 percent are moderately exploited, and 19 percent are over-exploited. 

3/4 Of tropical commercial fish depend on mangrove forests for food, habitat, breeding or nursery grounds.

Up to 35 Percent of the world’s mangrove forests have been destroyed in the last 30 years.

1,400 Pounds – potential weight of a northern bluefin tuna. Top predators like this one are vital to the ocean food chain.

90 Percent of large predatory fish populations—including cod, shark and bluefin tuna—have disappeared worldwide due to unsustainable fishing practices.

1 in 4 Of all marine species live in coral reef ecosystems. (It’s no wonder reefs are often called “the tropical rainforests of the ocean.”)

20 Percent of the world’s coral reefs have been lost to date. Another 20 percent are degraded.

70-80 Percent of the oxygen we breathe is produced by the ocean. 

150,000+ Is the combined size in square miles of pollution-caused “dead zones”—marine habitats that no longer support oxygen-using species. That’s larger than the state of Montana. 

97 Percent of all water on earth is located in the planet’s oceans.

1 The number of “blue planets” called Earth.

 

In related news, Mary Beth and I will be doing Reef Check from the coast of the Dominican Republic during the first week of August! We will get to check the state of some reefs that are relatively untouched by other divers.  Hopefully this will mean that the reef is more pristine (though I hate blaming reef degradation on my fellow divers, we do have a large impact on the underwater environment), but even the most remote reefs have been showing stress.  Corals are extremely delicate animals (yes, they are animals!) and although they are also quite resilient, they can’t recover from the stress of pollution, disease, overfishing and heat if the stress never goes away! But that’s why we’re here! To show communities all around the Caribbean (including all of you in the US!!!) the importance of the reef systems and how to protect them!