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. Red Bird Creative, located in Perth, Australia created a 90 second animation, “How Litter Kills” that visually shows the impact litter has on wildlife.
The animation and all the artwork were created by Chris and Matthew Blurton. Red Bird Creative is proud to be associated with Wounded Nature as marine pollution is a world wide issue. www.redbirdcreative.com.au
Out of the different ways litter kills, ingestion of litter remains the method that removes the greatest number of marine creatures from this planet. Tammy Sarbazzadeh, located in Vancouver, Canada put together an educational video, “Plastic Beverage Caps are Causing Sea Animals to Disappear”, explaining in detail what happens to animals when they ingest litter. Tammy through her animations, www.tahminehs.com, is working to leave the world a better place for her two daughters.
The voice at the end of this video was contributed by Kathie Pieloch Voiceovers www.Qvoxvoiceworks.com
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Outreach at the cleanup events
Publicity thru press releases and inviting media to stay aboard 1 night – 1,500 mo. 18,000 annually.
Educational materials to be used and brochures to be given away at cleanups and outreach events. Each boat will have educational props and educational brochures to present. Our cost per brochure including artwork and layout is .95 each. $1,852 mo. per boat. 54 months x $1,852 = $100,000 annually
Labor for 6 employees to handle licensing, logistics, events, web site, permitting, accounting, public relations, training, planning, board relations, fundraising, and support. $350,000
Benefits and payroll taxes for support team – 40% = $140,000 The support team will participate in cleanups whenever they are onsite with the boats. They will have full medical and dental plans.
Travel $85,000 The staff will provide support operations for the boats and this will include traveling to and from wherever the boats are located. The staff will also attend conferences during the year that pertain to their job skills plus at least one environmental conference. This is based in a .56 per mile, 100 per diem hotel rate, $50.00 per diem for meals, and coach class hotel reimbursement where airline travel is used.
Insurance for all boats and support operations: $24,000 mo = $288,000 annually This includes liability, malpractice, worker’s compensation, Jones Act, vehicle and boat insurance.
Rent $8,000 mo (includes west coast, gulf and great lakes office) = $96,000
Utilities (including phone and internet services) $5,600 mo = $67,200
Total – $1,216,200 divided by the 5 boats = $243,240 in overhead charged to each boat]]>
|Kelly Thorvalson, Gator, Rudy Socha|
The team that made all of us look good:
South Carolina Aquarium Team
Folly Beach Team
To view the end result of everyone’s hard work, go to:
Wounded Nature – Working Veterans Team
WounderNature 501C3 Letter from IRS
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Book Week 2011 took place in NYC the week leading up to Memorial Weekend which also coincides with NYC’s military oriented Fleet Week.
In attendance (and guests of Barry and Linda) were a number of active duty and veteran Marines. Also attending and assisting Barry & Linda with host duties was Taylor Dye, Publisher, Exalt Press (Semper Cool’s publisher). Taylor is a great guy who is doing a fantastic job of promoting Barry’s book.
Fleet Week and the abundance of sailors in NYC provided Barry with the opportunity to carry on the age old tradition of inter-service ribbing. Wearing his Marine Corps hat, Barry stood at the door of Legends in NYC and greeted a bunch of Navy sailors on their way out. He thanked them for serving and asked “Are those Coast Guard uniforms?”
I have read Semper Cool and highly recommend the book to everyone, veterans and non-veterans alike. It is a great read! All of the profits from the book’s sales are being donated to wounded veterans.
Here are some photos from the “Semper Cool” weekend:
The truth is that while in the military men and women responsibly purchase alcohol at on-base stores, on-base service clubs, or at off-base establishments.
Once discharged, the majority of veterans who choose to drink alcoholic beverages continue to do so responsibly. Every day of the year generations of veterans meet in the VFW, American Legion, and many other service clubs across America. In these clubs they swap stories, conduct fundraising activities, and enjoy a safe family and veteran- friendly haven. Some veterans choose to drink alcoholic beverages while many others consume non-alcoholic products.
In spite of the image portrayed by the media over the past 20 years, alcohol is no more of an issue with veterans than it is with the general population. This misrepresentation in the media has now reached the point where some veterans are being asked, “is it OK to buy you a drink or do you have an alcohol problem?” Many veterans resent the portrayal of predisposition to abuse problems.
Actually, the biggest health issue facing veterans today is the same one that plagues the general population; food addiction with poor diet and poor portion control. Food and diet problems lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and a myriad of tangent health problems. Food related diseases consume a large portion of the Veterans Administration’s Health Services budget.
Most veterans who consume alcohol have already learned to drink in moderation and use a designated driver who does not drink at all. Yet many veterans and the general public have not learned to eat in moderation utilizing portion control and diet to prevent weight gain and obesity associated diseases.
Veterans and the general public can enjoy many things in moderation by applying portion control, responsibility, and the designated driver concept to everyday life.
Veterans have an advantage for overcoming their problems. The inner self of any veteran is discipline. Veterans are better conditioned than the general public, due to their military service, to practice portion control and diet once they are properly taught to do so. Fortunately for veterans, the Veterans Administration has established weight loss and portion control training programs at their facilities. This will have a significant impact not only on the life span and quality of life for veterans, but on the Veterans Administration’s Health Services budget as well.
The veterans’ health issue focus has begun to move from alcohol addiction to obesity issues. As this new emphasis begins to receive extensive coverage in the media, we hope that veterans are not once again painted collectively in a negative manner by government agencies and non-profits seeking to promote increased visibility to gain funding for their agency.
Carolyn Darrow, RN
Wounded Nature – Working Veterans
Photo credit: Kevin Gregory]]>