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OTKAKO je na Instagramu podijelila fotografiju kornjače koju je napravila od smeća, Dominique je znala da mora to pretvoriti u veći projekt.
Dominique je počela skupljati smeće kad je šetala psa ili vodila djecu u školu, no uskoro rođen #projectlittercritter, a pod istim hashtagom ljudi sa svih strana svijeta pozvani su da mu se priključe, što su mnogi i napravili.
This seemingly cute turtle has more of a sinister undertone. She was made up entirely of waste that has been collected from the beaches around the island (a very, very small selection of it - see my Stories for the whole extent). @batubatuisland has their own conservation team who work tirelessly to monitor, research and subsequently improve the marine life around the island - with a strong focus on turtles. There’s a turtle hatchery on the resort where the eggs are monitored, kept away from predators (both human and otherwise), and when hatched are given safe passing into the sea. Between 2014 and 2017 more than 20,000 eggs were located to the hatchery; 53% of those hatched and were successfully released into the sea - yey! We’ve now adopted a nest of 140 Hawksbill Turtle eggs who will hatch between 13 August - 1st September (dates that cover both Penny and Boy Dom’s birthdays) and once they do, we’ll be sent videos of their release into the sea. We also went to a turtle talk a few days ago and here is some of the upsetting statistics and facts that we learned: • The turtle has lived in our ocean for over 150 million years. • The Leatherback turtle population has declined by 99% • The Green turtle is now endangered and the Hawksbill Turtle is critically endangered (both of which can be found around Batu Batu). • Only 1 in 1000 hatchlings will reach adulthood - and it is the increasing problems caused by humans that are threatening their future survival; poaching, pollution of the ocean (many autopsies have found plastic bags inside turtle’s stomachs which, in the water, would have resembled jellyfish - a turtles favourite food). Being caught in fishing nets and illegal trading of their eggs, meat and shells all contribute to their diminishing numbers. Before I came here, I had no idea that some breeds of turtles were so close to extinction. Turtles are gentle and beautiful creatures, and the thought that both of my daughters could grow up in a world where they no longer exist is truly heartbreaking.#projectlittercritter
Smeće je veliki problem koji, ne samo da prijeti okolišu, već i košta. Dominique želi podići svijest o tome. "Svi vidimo smeće - posvuda je, no vrlo često vidimo ga kao problem nekoga drugoga - nismo ostavili smeće pa ga ne moramo ni pokupiti. No jednom kad leži na podu i po ulicama, po našim šumama i na našim plažama i u morima, postaje naša odgovornost. Naš je planet i svi bismo trebali raditi na tome da ga očistimo", napisala je za Bored Panda.
Meet Billy the bin bag badger. He's made up entirely from rubbish that we collected while walking in the woods near our house. I think we can all agree the litter and littering is a huge problem right now. After we built our turtle out of the rubbish that had been found on the beaches at Batu Batu the @tengahislandconservation said something that really resonated with us: "We all see litter, but we often see it as someone else's problem - I didn't drop it, therefore it's not my responsibility to pick up. But, once it's there lying on the floor, blowing around our streets, into our forests, onto our beaches and into the sea, it is our responsibility. It's our planet and we should all be doing our bit to clean it up." I think we might have a new series on our hands - pick up litter, transform it into an animal and then dispose of it correctly - any suggestions on what the hashtag could be? #projectlittercritter
Ranije ove godine Dominique je sudjelovala u čišćenju plaže tijekom odmora u Maleziji. Kaže kako je njezina ekipa u samo 30 minuta prikupila smeća za barem deset vreća. Uz pomoć partnera i djece, napravila je skulpturu karetne želve - kritično ugrožene životinje - kako bi istaknula koliku štetu radimo našem planetu samo korištenjem jednokratne plastike.
While we were collecting this week’s rubbish, a man walked past looking quite confused, probably wondering what we were doing (or going to do) with multiple bags filled with rubbish while dragging along a rusty scooter that had been left in the bushes. Penny must have sensed his confusion and proudly told him that we were collecting the litter that other people had dropped. He mumbled a ‘well done’ and very quickly hurried passed - I’m not sure he knew what else to say 😂. We have such a weird attitude towards picking up litter, and I’m not sure why. Every time we do it, we notice all of the odd looks thrown our way. So, in the hope of changing misconceptions, encouraging us all to get creative whilst also cleaning up the planet, we’ve got something exciting planned with this hashtag. Looking forward to it 😁#projectlittercritter
Njezinom projektu mnogi su se priključili, a na društvenim mrežama sve je više fotografija s hashtagom koji je pokrenula, a ona je sretna da se širi ekološka svijest.
Foxy lady 🦊! #projectlittercritter is officially live! There is now a dedicated page on my website that allows you to upload your creations along with the amount of litter that you collected and cleaned up because of it. The running total will remain in real time, meaning we can track and witness what a difference these images as a collective can make. If you do decide to create your own #projectlittercritter then please use the hashtag and/or upload the image/s to the website. Each week I’ll share my favourite creations on my Stories and there’ll also be a monthly winner who will receive a boxful of goodies. Let the fun begin!
Be kind to yourself, to each other and to the planet. #whpkindness Thank you to everyone who has taken part in #projectlittercritter so far. 2089 pieces of litter collected, many incredible images created (a selection of my favourites are over on my Stories), and one cleaner planet 🌎🌍🌏
Look, I'm swimming with whale sharks! I made this to inspire you to pick up one piece of plastic waste a day (or more) and to refuse single use plastics. We are currently in a remote national reserve on the coast of Mozambique, one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, but it didn't take very long to collect a huge amount of waste from the shoreline (and not just these blue, green and white plastics). So it might seem like I'm laughing, but actually I'm crying. . . . @officialoceanut @pomenebeachcamp #plasticsoup #plasticnotsofantastic #saveourseas #marinemegafauna #whaleshark #eastafrica #projectlittercritter
‘Along came a freakin BIG creepy spider....’ 🕸🕷🕸🕷😂🐶 can you imagine!🤣 .... We went on a little #trashwalk today. I was about to take Leo out and realized we haven’t done this in a bit. .. I would say if you see something super gross and there’s no way you want to pick it up, then don’t. For example, I picked up a cup that had a gazillion ants on it. I wasn’t about to have all those ants crawling around my bag, Nor was I going to wipe them all off. Nope. I moved on and picked up the next thing. It’s not about perfection. You’re still picking up trash so don’t feel bad about it. If you want to join in it’s easy 1. Pick up some trash on your walk 2. Turn it into a critter (snap a pic) 3. Dispose of properly Tag #projectlittercritter Dominique @allthatisshe Also has a section on her site where you can enter how many pieces of trash you picked up so it creates a running tally of our collective effort. And then you can also upload your photo! For the record, I’m pretty sure Leo would not protect me from a gigantic spider!!! #cockapoo #cleanearth #pequannock #pequannockanimalshelter
One mans trash is another creatures dinner!!! #whpperspective (this is only cool in Oscars case and not for our real life animals which is why we are picking up!💚) I think Oscar will keep the hat since it’s his fave color. He was disappointed that there was no Antipasto per the receipt! And why no fish🤣 *** This was obviously a short trash walk with Leo🐶. But every little bit helps!! — Hope you are enjoying your Sunday, we are about to go see Crazy Rich Asians and enjoy some very bad but very good movie snacks! 🙌🏼 Have you seen it? — #projectlittercritter #trashwalk #oscarthegrouch #ilovetrash #purecleanearth @instagram #littercritter