Ocean Protect is proud to have an advocacy program where we’ll share much needed funds with worthwhile charities. In 2019, we have donated $50,000 to five not-for-profits to support their collective conservation efforts. We’re also fundraising for them via our shop and plan to increase our financial contribution to relevant causes in parallel with business growth year-on-year.
Causes we’ve supported:
In addition to supporting Keep Australia Beautiful, we have donated to Sea Turtle Foundation, Take 3, Plastic Free Foundation, Australian Seabird Rescue and Australian Association for Environmental Education NSW.
Australian Seabird Rescue – http://seabirdrescue.org.au/
Australian Seabird Rescue is a grass-roots community group with a passion for coastal wildlife rescue and conservation.
With branches along the coastline of New South Wales and sister-groups around the country, ASRs strategic objective is to reduce the human impact on wildlife through rescue, research and education.
Since commencing operations, Australian Seabird Rescue members have rescued thousands of animals, talked to thousands of community groups in person and through the media, and trained hundreds of wildlife carers in the rescue and rehabilitation of marine wildlife.
Plastic Free Foundation – https://www.plasticfreejuly.org
The Plastic Free Foundation is a not-for-profit which delivers Plastic Free July, an annual campaign that raises awareness of our growing plastic waste problem and supports behavioural change by helping people to avoid single-use (disposable) plastic. The charity has grown from a handful of participants in the challenge in Western Australia in 2011, through to millions of participants across more than 170 countries worldwide today.
The Plastic Free Foundation’s mission is to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling. Their vision is a world without plastic waste.
Take 3 for the Sea – https://www.take3.org/
Take 3 is leading a movement of people who are connected to the planet to remove plastic pollution from the environment and support measures to prevent waste and pollution. They encourage people to simply take three pieces of rubbish with them when they leave the beach waterway or anywhere.
Their education programs in schools, surf clubs, communities and online focus on inspiration and participation. Take 3 believe everyone has the power to take action and create positive change, no matter where they are. The charity supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and advocates for a circular economy future
Sea Turtle Foundation – https://www.seaturtlefoundation.org/
Sea Turtle Foundation is a non-profit, non-government group based in Australia working to protect sea turtles through research, education and action. Our mission is to “Safeguard sea turtle populations, migration routes and habitats and support activities that increase sea turtle numbers worldwide.”
Turtles face many threats from changes in climate, loss of nesting habitat, increased ocean pollution and deliberate and accidental deaths caused by fishing activities around the world. These factors combined are pushing many of the world’s populations of sea turtles towards extinction.
Sea Turtle Foundation is working to address these threats through rescuing stranded turtles in North Queensland, training others to respond to strandings, providing educational programs for schools and communities, training wildlife managers, advocating for better environmental protections and supporting research into turtle health and ecology throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
Australian Association for Environmental Education NSW – aaeensw.org.au
AAEE NSW is a State Chapter of the Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE), the national peak professional association for environmental educators in Australia.
They support education for sustainability in NSW, in keeping with the three major roles of AAEE to promote the most extensive and effective use of education and engagement to help people live more sustainably and protect and enhance the local environment, support its members and others in the sector via professional development and build greater strength in local networks that facilitate collaboration and skill sharing.
Their members represent schools, tertiary education institutions, local councils, state government agencies, non-government organisations and private companies. AAEE NSW work in the interests of quality education and environmental change. For more than 20 years, they have been integrally involved in the development of Learning for Sustainability Plans as well as NSW school curriculum policy and support. They represent environmental educators across the state in discussions and debates and provide submissions and recommendations on sustainability issues and directions for a sustainable future.