By Hannah Bernard,
HWF Executive Director
stars seem to be lining up for our
Hawaii Wildlife Fund team, because good things
After appearing on HBO Vice News in an episode
exploring the threat of
plastics in the ocean, HWF's Megan Lamson was
interviewed by the Huffington Post the following week, keeping HWF
in the spotlight to bring the story of
Marine Debris efforts to a larger audience.
On April 30, the first Ocean Aid
festival raised awareness of the problem of plastics in our
environment, especially of plastics in our ocean, by engaging the
4,000 people who attended the event. Ocean Aid is a festival, but
it's also a coalition of
like-minded people that has united two important groups – those already
working to solve the biggest threat to the ocean and those who have
People like us have been working on marine debris for 20 years, but now awareness is going
viral as more and more people are learning how everything we do is
intrinsically related to the problem of plastics in the ocean.
As we grow Ocean Aid, we need greater diversity, more than marine
biologists trying to solve the problem. We need people to take the
challenge personally to change their way of life. Trillions of pieces of plastic are out there and they're coming ashore.
become a problem that the next generation will be saddled with. On
the island of Maui, we need volunteers to help with our Maui Marine Debris Removal Project.
Turtle nesting season is coming and
we're looking for
nest watching volunteers to help with
our nightly Hawksbill Sea Turtle Recovery Project.
A hui hou!