International Marine Volunteer donates R50 000 to Conservation
February 19, 2019
Wilfred Chivell of Marine Dynamics and founder of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust was ecstatic to receive a R50 000 donation from International Marine Volunteer Susy Alexandersen. This money will go to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s conservation and community efforts.
Norwegian based Alexandersen had this to say, “In 2013 I went to Gansbaai for the very first time for shark cage diving as a client and I got to learn about Marine Dynamics and the International Marine Volunteer programme for the first time and about this amazing man Wilfred Chivell and what he does for conservation and marine life. I have always loved Great Whites and the mysteries of the ocean ever since I was a kid, so for my 30th Birthday in December I wanted to have a big donation party for the Conservation Trust and Marine Dynamics. And also talk about it and what important work they do. I’m now here for the fourth time and I will always return to my favourite place on earth and I am so happy I can help.”
If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer/intern programme visit the Marine Dynamics Academy website: https://marinedynamics.org/academy/
World Wetlands Day
February 02, 2019 Pinkey Ngewu
World Wetlands Day (WWD) on 2 February is a key environmental day on the calendar. This global movement was established in 1971 in order to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet. World Wetlands Day was celebrated for the first time in 1997 and has grown remarkably since then. The Theme for 2019 is, "Wetlands and Climate Change ". Wetlands are impacted by changes in temperature, rainfall , sea level rise and extreme events. Wetlands play an important role in our approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation, through capturing and storing carbon to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases and providing resilience to hazards such as flooding, storm surge and sea level rise . The Dyer Island Conservation Trust's Environmental Education Programme known as DEEP waa joined by Febe Van Tonder of PlasLantic, a committed supporter of DEEP for the past three years. Educator Pinkey Ngewu presented a wetland model designed by the Marine Dynamics Academy interns and explained how wetlands absorb carbon dioxide.
As Pinkey explained, "The good thing about wetlands is that they can cleanse and filter water as it moves through , but too much contamination can destroy these natural filtering systems". The DEEP group was encouraged to adapt their mindset that, "We are not powerless against climate change ".read more