Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mermaids Make a Difference

There are a number of great organizations out there dedicated to saving the environment, but one in particular has a name with an excellent chance of grabbing the attention of the general public. That organization is Save the Mermaids.

In short, the non-profit organization Save the Mermaids advocates using less and wasting less. Their mission is spelled out on their web site, "The Mermaids act as ambassadors to the sea by educating the public about human-sourced ocean pollution and advocating for lifestyles and behaviors that preserve the ocean environment."  This means using less plastics, recycling what you can, and helping to cleaning up your shoreline or neighborhood by picking up discarded bottles, plastic bags, and aluminum cans when you go for a walk.

Look for Save the Mermaids on Facebook as well.

The Keep Oceans Clean web site is a great place to teach children about saving the environment.  The interactive games on the site can be used by parents and teachers, and explain how everyday items such as plastic bags and balloons can be harmful to ocean life.

Keeping the oceans clean is only part of the task.  Many people around the world do not have adequate clean water to drink.  The mission of fresh2o is to reduce poverty, improve health and prevent death by enabling the provision of clean water for drinking and sanitation purposes globally.

Ocean Alliance was founded in 1971 by Roger Payne.  The organization is dedicated to researching the ocean's whale population as well as widespread public education of the dangers of water pollution.  According to Ocean Alliance, "The amounts of harmful chemicals making their way into the sea by land and by air is of great concern."  You can follow the adventures of Ocean Alliance on both Facebook and Twitter.

Marine and environmental artist Wyland helps children and families around the nation rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways.  Art, conservation, and community has been the primary focus of The Wyland Foundation since it was founded in 1993.

We mermaids and mermaid fans can help make a difference.  Using less, wasting less, recycling, and picking up litter is not difficult to do.  As Mermaid Melissa says, "Save the world's oceans before all creatures become mythical."

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at)

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