More than 97% of all marine related environmental dollars is spent on advocacy, research, and education. Many marine conservation organizations stage an annual cleanup on a public beach just for show.
Wounded Nature – Working Veterans already knows that trash and debris is bad for wildlife. We also realize that passing a new law or educating the public about the problem will not remove the debris that is killing wildlife.
We work year round removing debris from hard to access coastal areas and returning these rural coastal areas to their original pristine condition.
Here is the difference between where annual cleanups are staged and where we work:
“Public beach cleanups support the travel and tourism industry. Cleanups of all other coastal areas benefit wildlife.”
A Tourist Beach:
– Is fairly clean
– Lacks wildlife
– Is where people want to hang out
– Has cleanup funding
– Easy to access
Areas Where We Clean:
– Contains a lot of storm debris and trash
– Lacks people
– Is where wildlife wants to live
– Has no cleanup funding
– Hard to access (requires a watercraft)
To make a marine conservation donation that will MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE – go to:
Now you can show the world you helped clear our nation’s coastlines of debris and trash. All levels of support are very important to us. A donor helps us fund placing a cleanup volunteer by boat on a rural coastline. What we do and where we go requires boats, equipment and a lot of people willing to get dirty and work hard under adverse conditions.
Show people your commitment to helping improve the quantity and quality of the health of America’s seafood industry. The general public knows that trash and debris is bad for wildlife but do not understand why. Trash, especially plastics clogs an animal’s intestinal track and within a week they have died an extremely slow and painful death. With debris such as old treated wood, arsenic and creosote slowly leeches out and poisons an area. This results in significantly reduced populations of shellfish, shrimp and young fish inhabiting areas adjacent to heavy coast trash and debris areas.
Everyone knows that litter looks bad and has a negative impact on wildlife. What most people do not know or understand is how litter kills wildlife.
The How Litter Kills animation and all the artwork were created by Chris and Matthew Blurton. Red Bird Creative is proud to be associated with Wounded Wildlife as marine pollution is a world wide issue. www.redbirdcreative.com.au
The How Plastic Caps Kill animation, artwork and editing was done by Tammy Sarbazzadeh. Tammy loves the ocean and all of the marine creatures it contains.
She hopes her video will help reduce unnecessary animal deaths. http://tahminehs.com
The genesis of our missions came prior to the gulf oil spill. The number of rescued birds, sea turtles, and sea mammals that had ingested plastic items had increased dramatically. America’s coastal seafood stocks have been steadily declining. We investigated why it was occurring and how to fix it. We quickly discovered that many of America’s most critical coastal wildlife habitats are collection points for trash and storm debris. Worse yet, most of these areas have NEVER been cleaned up.
We organize cleanups to address the many wildlife critical coastal areas that have never been cleaned. For us, there is no need to further study the problem, we are focused on remedial action and removing tons of trash and debris from our coastal areas. Our bigger goal is to have our own boats and full time crews working year round on each of America’s major coastlines; the East Coast, Gulf Coast, West Coast and Great Lakes.
The coastlines we clean have no facilities, contain a lot of heavy debris and trash that is hard to transport back for disposal, and expensive to conduct since watercraft, equipment, and dumpsters are required.
Because no one else does what we do. Most tourist beaches and rivers adjacent to major cities are staging annual clean-ups through the use of volunteers and efforts organized by various non-profit groups. However, the areas most important to wildlife: the isolated beaches, bays, high tide debris line, and estuaries are not being cleaned up.
These are crucial birthing areas for endangered and threatened species. The constant accumulation and breakdown of plastics and storm debris in these critical areas builds up high toxicity levels, and kills generations of future wildlife.
Once we have our own boats and full time crew, we will be able to make a very positive impact on America’s coastal life. Here are a few areas where we will have an impact in addition to cleanups:
Disaster relief. After every significant coastal storm there are people who need to be removed from impacted areas and safety forces and supplies that need to be brought in. Having boats and crews familiar with operating in shallow water under difficult conditions can save lives and make a difference in an area’s post storm emergency response.
Education and outreach. Wounded Nature’s staff will appear at coastal public events around the country talking to the public about the need for Wounded Nature and its mission. Our talks and education programs will focus on recycling, and the impact discarded trash has on the environment.
Marine research. During each segment of the trip we can offer one billet to someone working in marine research. This could include a scientist, student, aquarium curator, or book author.
There are countless ways you can help us. As with all non-profits, generating cash flow is always the most important task. You can make a donation, become a member or encourage others to do so. A small donation helps us transport a volunteer to a cleanup site and a large donation could become a game changer for us.
Generating publicity results in educating the public and you can easily make a contribution to this aspect of our mission. You can become a Facebook, Twitter, and all around social marketing activist for us.
Our schedule is posted on our site and updated on a regular basis. We encourage you to come and meet us if our paths cross or you happen to be taking a vacation in a nearby area.
Wounded Nature’s beach clean up is stopping this toxic buildup, educating the public, and saving wildlife in the process.
Please make a donation to Wounded Nature – Working Veterans