OVER FISHING


Unfortunately overfishing has a variety of impacts on the oceans ecosystem. To IMG_1418
begin, overfishing is when more fish are caught faster than they could replace themselves.

Now are you ready for this number? An estimate of around IMG_1434fish are caught each year. Thats 2.0 trillion less fish in our ocean. Each. Year.

We are not only finishing with fish species leaving many endangered such as blue fin tuna and groupers, but we are also ruining the balance in the ecosystem. Smaller marine species from the bottom of the food chain are increasing because there arenot large fish to eat them, causing an imbalance in the food chain. This is a threat to coral reefs as well because there is a growth increase of algae that takes over the reefs.

Do you remember bycatch? Those large nets that boats throw in the ocean don’t only catch the intended fish but they accidentally catch other marine species such as sharks, turtles, dolphins rays..  Bycatch in fishing puts other species at risk when they aren’t supposed to even be involved!

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Fish is part of our diets so since some of you are still going to purchase fish, the best thing you can do is learn where.

Buy your seafood it from local markets.

Local fisheries do not get their fish from large nets holding thousands of fish from and get it shipped across the world, they get local fish from the nearest oceans. Making the fish caught in a sustainable way as well as ensuring the freshness of the fish since it is caught locally. Double win!

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is when temperature, amount of rainfall, winds, and other factors are in a general, not so usual, change.

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If you’ve ever heard of a green house where plants grow, it is a house with specific panels on the roof are designed to trap heat from the sun and keep the plants warm with the suns heat even when it is night time. Those houses also have fans and vents that can cool the room temperature down if it is getting too hot to keep the plants from dying.

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The Earth’s atmosphere does a similar thing. It traps the gases and emissions such as carbon dioxide, methane, and vapor to keep the temperature warm and stable throughout the night.

The problem now is that with all of the cars, factories, burning of fossil fuels such as oil, gas, and coal etc.. We are releasing an excess of gases into the air, so much that the Earth isn’t able to regulate the temperature anymore. There are so many greenhouse gases trapping heat that instead the temperature is rising. 

Woohoo better weather to go to the beach and less snow days right? Wrong!

Rise in temperature is creating many problems for us.

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Glaciers, ice sheets, and ice caps where polar bears and penguins live are progressively melting minimizing their homes. All of that melted ice from the glaciers are being added into our oceans rising the sea level.

What does the sea level rising mean? That cities close to sea are in danger of being submerged under water or constantly flooding if we don’t react quick. Miami Beach developers recently had to invest $500 million to raise their sidewalks and replace the infrastructure of its gravity water system, all because of the danger sea levels are giving.

It is also:

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Submerging crop fields making it more difficult for us to grow produce.

Causing more and more wildfires due to leaves lacking moisture and making their dryness more probable for a fire to catch.

Intensifying weather patterns such as floods, droughts, and worse – fueling stronger hurricanes.

Changing the oceans chemical make-up due to the gases and temperature, bleaching corals, killing reefs, killing species.

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You can do small actions in your every day to make a difference in avoiding this.

Turn off your light when you are out of the room.  –  Ride a bike instead of a car to avoid pollution, it also reduces the need for gasoline which helps reduce off shore drilling for oil!  –  Plant a tree with your family to help clean our air.  –  Buy food from local markets which reduces factories and food manufacturers pollution. (it also ensure the food being organic and sustainable!)  –  Shower at shorter times.

*If you have any suggestions for other ways to help email us to have your ideas added to the page!*

Pollution by definition is:

decompose copysAny substance introduced to the environment that creates any harmful or negative effect. Basically, pollution is anything that makes our Earth dirty or unhealthy.

Pollution can come from many different substances, smokeautomobiles release, fossil fuel burning, trash left on the ground, chemicals released by factories, oil drilling, the list goes on. All of these and more, are harmful for the planet as they dirty the air we breathe, damage the health of animals habitats, places animals at risk of being exposed to trash and ingesting it, injures animals, makes our beaches and parks dirty, even makes people in certain countries have to walk around with a mask to not breathe in the excess of pollution!

Animals?

14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped in the ocean every year.

Pollution kills 100 million mammals a year
1 million seabirds every year.
300,000 dolphins and porpoises

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Plastic pollution is a very serious threat.
Animals get stuck in plastic bags, and plastic beverage holders, other animals eat plastic confusing it for their food.
Also, plastic does not decompose. It never fully disappears, it continuously breaks into smaller and smaller pieces through out time. That same plastic also absorbs any toxic chemicals it isexposed to harming anything that eats it not just by possibly choking, but now by poisoning.

Us?

Besides pollution affecting the animals and our health, it affects our planet.

Our atmosphere keeps Earths temperature stable through the greenhouse effect. This is when Earths natural gases trap the suns heat so when it is night time and we do not receive direct sunlight we are still warm. We are releasing too many gases through air pollution into our Earths atmosphere such as carbon dioxide and methane trapping an excess of heat which is the cause of global warming and climate change. You can read more about climate change here.

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We use many things a day, yogurt containers, boxes, paper, the list goes on and onnnn. What we have to do is be smart about what we do when we are done.

Throw everything away where it goes!

Be sure to recycle any material you can, you never know when it will be useful to make an invention or a video.  –  Ask your family or school to buy different trash cans to place plastic, glass, and waste in separate containers (thats also recycling!)  – Minimize your waste, buy a thermos and refill that everyday with clean water. It is a lot better than buying and throwing away water bottles every day.  –   Ask for paper bags at stores instead of plastic bags.  –  If you see any trash pick it up!  –  Ride bike to school once a month to reduce air pollution. 

And lastly, you are a Planet Patrol, if you see anyone throwing trash where it does not belong.. teach them where it belongs! It is your duty to teach them why littering is bad, where it our trash ends up, and where to correctly throw it!

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The warmer the oceans surface the more momentum hurricanes get. It increases their speed and accelerates the winds mph. So now we know raised water temperaturesgives the hurricanes more speed, which creates more destruction in houses, knocks downmore trees, blows out more power lines, lifts roofs, etc. Horrible we know, but whats worse is that the effects of raised water temperature on hurricanes doesn’t stop there.

Hurricanes are also powered by the evaporation of sea water, which as we know and Kerry Emanuel a professor at MIT stated, water evaporates faster from a hot surface than a cold surface. Now what does this evaporated water do? It fills the hurricanes clouds with more and more moisture until BOOM; a catastrophic amount of rain is falling over the land the hurricane hits. The excess in rainfall creates flooding in communities ruining anything made of wood, ruining living rooms, ruining cars, ruining homes!

UnknownThe flooding is also backed up the storm surges that are brought in by the hurricanes windspeed and power which bring up the sea leve higher than usual, and we know that the sea level in general has also been rising due to glaciers, ice caps, etc melting… thanks to who? the waters temperature increasing! and the water temperature has increased thanks to who? climate change! You can click here to read more about human driven climate change.

 

Enough with the bad news! This is just so you can understand that human driven climate change is having a real impact on us and our future and is affecting us in a negative manner where its not only dangerous for the course of life on the planet but it is dangerous in a way that it has become life threatening in certain areas!

Just reading this whole rant is enough for you to be considered a Planet Patrol in our eyes, which means you have the power to be part of a change and do actions that can prevent this from affecting your future kids and grandkids.

Walk to work or to the grocery store once a week to reduce your carbon footprint and car usage, buy sustainable products from local markets (which are also usually organic and better for your health), turn off the lights every time you leave your home,

Our mission at Planet Patrol is exactly what our title implies.

We are creating patrols for our planet.

 

IMG_1429We developed a 9 month curriculum going from macro to micro teaching some of the most important environmental concerns we are currently facing. Each month has a specific topic with 4 classes developed giving background information on the topic and experiential methods of teaching it.

The first month explains how great Planet Earth is. Earth is the only planet that provides life for us, it is made of water and land which are both equally crucial to maintain the balance of life, if anything happened to either of those a lot would be jeopardized. This gives students an understanding of our planet, focusing on Earths key components and showing its importance with the goal of making students become fascinated by the wonders of the Earth and how it is perfectly balanced to work together. Creating a sense of nurture towards our planet.

The next 8 months focuses on specific topics. Each topic explains different things that are happening on Planet Earth which are also causing implications to the land and water we need to maintain life. Pollution, Over-Fishing, Pesticides, Shark Finning, Oil Drilling, Deforestation, and more.

We are a non-profit organization,  that gives schools this curriculum free of cost, our main concern is to create awareness and educate our youth to grow being aware of everything that is happening around them and have this foundation of love and fascination towards the world instilled in each person and palce our planet Earth in the right hands.

Planet Patrol created an Eco-rriculum!

What is an Eco-rriculum? Think of it as a pop up Ecology class. Our Eco-rriculum is a program written for schools focused teaching children about the importance of our planet Earth and designed for making the implementation of this important subject into their classes as easy as possible.

It is an 8 month program with 8 different topics, one for each month. Ex. Pollution, deforestation, overfishing, etc. Each topic comes with 4 classes, one class per week.

The purpose of our Eco-rriculum is for consciousness and knowledge about our planet and its importance to be spread through out our next generation. Making our children conscious about how incredible our planet Earth is and how even the smallest actions can cause changes through fun classes and lots of experiments.

Click the image to view a sample our eco-rriculum!

Our eco-rriculum includes:

8 topics, 1 topic a month.

4 classes per topic, 4 classes a month.

Basic background information for the teachers to understand the topics.

The purpose of children learning the topics/end result of knowledge.

Fun experiential activities as the topics teaching method.

Links to real life videos showing how it is happening on our Earth.

All videos made by Planet Patrol in a CD.

Some materials necessary for classes. (it would be stated in the materials section if we provide it)

A Planet Patrols hat and pin per student.