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Tribute Circle | Monterey Bay Aquarium

"Thriving ocean ecosystems are important for the health of the entire planet."

— Sustainable Seafood in National Geographic

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is noble on many accounts. However, this tribute is dedicated to their Seafood Watch Program. This research and educational program is consistently updated so consumers, chefs and businesses can choose the best sustainable seafood to purchase or order. Thus, saving our ocean habitats and wildlife. What would the world be like if we depleted all the saltwater and freshwater fish because of overfishing and overconsumption?

Sustainable Seafood

"Seafood is one of our healthier protein options, but overfishing is desperately harming our oceans."

— Chef Barton Seaver

Enjoy this informational video on why sustainable fishing methods are vital to our lives and our planet’s health.

Call To Action

This is an easy fix. Just become more aware of your selections of seafood before ordering or purchasing your seafood. Learn about where the fish are from and the fishing techniques used. The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers recommendations on seafood ‘Best Choice,’ ‘Good Alternative,’ or ‘Avoid.’ They offer two helpful guides to educate us:

1) Refer to the Seafood Watch Application (download on iPhone or Android)

2) Carry a Seafood Watch Pocket Guide (easily downloaded and printed)

Thank you Global Citizens for making a difference everyday!

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You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

Do you look at photographs of yourself taken years ago and say, “WOW! I looked good”? Then, look at yourself now with a critical eye? Perhaps, we need to see ourselves as others see us.

This social experiment is very eye-opening. I hope this video resonates for you and motivates you to begin appreciating your own beauty today.

Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty is commendable and deserves attention and recognition.

If we do not ‘get the message,’ we could be influenced and manipulated by images shown in this ad.

Self-esteem is affected by the images we see everyday. We need to lift ourselves up in a society that promotes overconsumption as a path to happiness. Talk to your friends, family and especially our youth about our value and natural beauty.

Thanks to Laura Willard and Upworthy for putting this back on my radar. It’s important to continue this dialogue about this pressing issue in our society.

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Celebrity Philanthropists Support Good Causes

Let’s put a spin on charity, social activism and leaving a legacy. It’s fun and sexy to support a worthy cause. If it wasn’t worthwhile, these philanthropic hollywood celebs wouldn’t do it … right?

iStock_000015647482MediumI appreciate all people with the means and influence willing to stand up and do ‘something’ – ANYTHING to improve our world, our people, our natural resources, and our systems for justice.

– It’s a choice to become aware and take action.
– It’s a choice to be a role model for good and make an impact.
– It’s a choice to be a global citizen and leave the world better than when we arrived.

With great admiration, I commend these celebrities and non-profit organizations for their courage, due diligence and passion in making our future brighter.

Celebrities put star power to good use
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Tribute Circle | PEOPLE | Jane Goodall

Happy Birthday Jane Goodall!

"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference."

— Jane Goodall

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This photo and her 80th birthday brought me joy today. Photo credit: Rainforest Action Network

A historical view of  Jane Goodall’s life work

"Chimpanzees … have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest…never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment."

— Jane Goodall

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Landfillharmonic: Mindboggling Beauty

Beauty is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder.

"We filmed some of the children who learned to play violin, flute, drums, cello, string bass, and more – all made from recycled metal drums, tin cans, and plastic pipes."

— Creative Vision Foundation about their documentary Landfillharmonic

Please enjoy this short video.

The compelling story of transformation

In Paraguay and other third-world countries, children are born and live their entire lives in a dump. Surrounded by other people’s trash. Most of this trash is even sent to these landfills from more prosperous countries. Imagine, wealthy countries cannot even dispose of their own trash, they must send it away, out of their site and smell.

The families, living on this landfill, then sort through this trash daily to sell anything of value. They eat, sleep, play, learn and live entirely in the dump. This is an unsafe and unsanitary environment and, as you can imagine, emanates a horrible odor. Certainly, a story that needed to be told about injustice and exploitation of the poor. How could we stand by and watch people live under these conditions?

Then, the story gets better. Cola, a garbage picker, and Favio Chavez, musician, helped to transform this trash into hope and beauty for these impoverished children. They made instruments and learned how to play.  Now, known as the “The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura.” Perhaps, they won’t have to live their entire life in the landfill. Perhaps, there is hope. Perhaps, this will bring humanity closer to these impoverished families and portray them as skillful, talented and viable world citizens.

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