LOCAL HERO: Mary Crowley

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A Local Hero is

“a person who makes a difference in their community through labour, leadership or the force of their will.” 

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MARY CROWLEY has received the ‘Heart of Green’ Award for her determined actions to promote and clean up plastic marine pollution in the ocean.

In order to spread awareness she created ‘Project Kaisei’.

Project Kaisei’s Mission:

“Project Kaisei is a non-profit organization focused on increasing awareness of the scale of marine debris, its impact on our environment, and the solutions for both prevention and clean-up.” 

She commenced her journey in August 2009 where she uncovered dramatic images of  floating plastic in the Pacific Ocean, which showed how catastrophic the situation currently is.

She works alongside scientists to find ways to turn plastic into fuel.

Back home in San Francisco, Mary is a local hero inspiring other to take action and defend our oceans. She believes that ‘people will protect what they know.’

OCEAN POL

OCEAN POLL

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Plastic marine pollution has been accumulating since WWII, accounting to 80% of marine pollution around the world including Hawaii, South Africa and India. It leaches out toxic additives which in turn kills animals.

Plastic marine pollution has been accumulating since WWII, accounting to 80% of marine pollution around the world including Hawaii, South Africa and India. It leaches out toxic additives which in turn kills animals.

Mary Crowley speaks about plastic marine pollution.

Project Kaisei

REFERENCE:

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/green-local-heroes-2010

http://www.projectkaisei.org/index.aspx

To know more about:

MARINE POLLUTION

http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/blue_planet/problems/pollution/

PLASTIC MARINE POLLUTION

http://plastic-waste-pollution.weebly.com/

http://coastalcare.org/2009/11/plastic-pollution/

http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/critical-issues-marine-pollution/

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/ocean_plastics/index.html

MARY CROWLEY & HER PASSION

http://rewordit.org/mary-crwley-and-her-passion-to-clean-up-the-pacific-ocean-from-plastic/

http://www.oceanvoyagesinstitute.org/mary-crowley-visits-the-harbour-school-hong-kong-2/

http://www.mindfullivingnetwork.com/plastic-patch-in-the-pacific-ocean/

http://theforcesofnature.com/movies/mary-crowley/

PROJECT KAISEI

http://www.projectkaisei.org/index.aspx

GETTING INVOLVED WITH PROJECT KAISEI

http://www.projectkaisei.org/local_clean_up_opportunities.aspx

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2 Public beaches in Dubai are awarded Blue Flags

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HEADLINES

 

Blue Flag awarded to Al Mamzar Beach Park & Jumeirah Open Beach

Blue Flag awarded to Al Mamzar Beach Park & Jumeirah Open Beach

“By raising this flag, this means our beaches are complying with all international requirements from cleanliness, to safety, to the quality of water”said Hussain Lootah, Engineer and Director General of Dubai Municipality. He proudly led the ceremony on the 6th of July as Al Mamzar Beach Park and Jumeirah Open Beach both became the 1st and 2nd public beaches in the UAE to be certified as blue flagged beaches. They are 4th and 5th in the country as 3 private beaches have been accredited.

 

The Blue Flag, awarded by the Foundation Environmental Education, is a voluntary eco-label award

The Blue Flag, awarded by the Foundation Environmental Education [FEE], is a voluntary eco-label award

The Foundation for Environmental Education [FEE] awards blue flags to beaches and marinas around the world once they have met the 32 strict quality criteria deal including services such as Water Quality, safety and environmental services. It is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 3,850 beaches and marinas in over 48 countries around the world.

As the beaches get bigger and more popular with tourists, the more difficult it is to achieve and maintain the 32 strict criteria deal. The Dubai Municipality is proud to have its public beaches meet with international standards with hopes of not only attaining its award, but to keep the public safe from an unhealthy environment.`

 

References:

GULF NEWS

 Al Mamzar beach park and Jumeirah Open Beach get blue flag

 

For more information:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/nationgeneral/2013/July/nationgeneral_July111.xml&section=nationgeneral

http://www.zawya.com/story/Al_Mamzar_Beach_Park_and_Jumeirah_Open_Beach_get_Blue_Flag-GN_06072013_070725/

http://www.ahlanlive.com/swim-safe-at-dubai-s-beaches–275072.html