Articles, Images and Inspiration

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Solitude is the new Solidarity

… “In the blink of an eye our world has become unrecognisable. COVID-19 is redefining our reality and there is potential for despair to settle in our communities. I was inspired by this heartfelt letter from David Ritter, CEO GreenPeace Australia Pacific and wanted to share it here (… with permission from David). Love and best wishes to all during these strange days from The Two Monkeys Foundation” … Emma

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It was a fabulous night at the Rewilding Australia’s 5th Birthday Celebration and Art Auction. The February 7th (2020) event celebrated Australian artists, raising money in support of native wildlife. Hosted by The Lyons Gallery in Paddington and sponsored by Young Henry’s, the evening included silent and live auctions as well as presentations by scientist about rebuilding our fragile ecosystems. I was fortunate to have the winning bid on two original works by Shannon Dwyer with 100% of the money from all auctions going to Rewilding Australia – https://rewildingaustralia.org.au

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Operation Pahu Launch – Sea Shepherd New Zealand … helping to protect the Hectors Dolphin

https://youtu.be/j39kq72IEy0

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Keith and I were fortunate to attend the Passion and Purpose presentation with Audette Exel AO on the 20th of November 2018 (hosted by Australian Philanthropic Services). Elected a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Audette is the founder of the Adara Group, established in 1998, and CEO of its Australian financial services businesses, Adara Advisors Pty. Ltd. and Adara Partners (Australia) Pty. Ltd. The Adara businesses were established “for purpose” with the principle objective of supporting Adara Development. Adara Development is focussed on improving health and education for women, children and communities living in poverty, through best practice service delivery and sharing knowledge globally.


Dan Pallotta – The way we think about charitable giving is dead wrong!

https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare


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Environmentally sustainable, prepackaged datacenter units that can be ordered to size, rapidly deployed and left to operate ‘lights out’ on the seafloor for years …

https://news.microsoft.com/en-au/features/under-the-sea-microsoft-tests-a-datacenter-thats-quick-to-deploy-could-provide-internet-connectivity-for-years/

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… “Keith and I (Two Monkeys Foundation) were incredibly lucky to be invited to join a small group of WWF staff and supporters ‘Turtle Tagging’ in North Queensland in October 2019. The trip served to further crystallise why our Foundation will continue to support WWF Australia, who work on our behalf to preserve and protect wild places, wild creatures and underpin the dedication of amazing people. On this trip the ongoing research partnership between WWF, James Cook University and Traditional Custodians (the Gudjuda Rangers) was bought into focus. We were able to see, first-hand, the link between grant dollars – research projects financed – species and ecosystems supported. We are deeply grateful to have shared this unique experience, exchanged ideas and spent time with amazing people, not to mention a few beautiful sea turtles.” … Emma

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Students invent a beach vacuum to remove micro-plasics!

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/microplastic-vacuum-beach-clean/

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On the 3rd of December we attended the inaugural WWF-Australia’s Forum on Investment in a Sustainable Blue Economy at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.We were so grateful to be able to step onto Matt Allen’s yacht, Ichi Ban as well as hear Stacey Jackson speak about her experience as a champion global ocean sailor. The WWF team of experts shared their passion, knowledge and cast the spotlight on ambitious programs to tackle ocean plastic waste, track seafood supply chains, ensure sustainable agriculture, safeguard The Barrier Reef and Antarctica, track whales with drones and so much more.


Scientists stumbled upon a plastic-eating bacterium—then accidentally made it stronger

https://www.popsci.com/bacteria-enzyme-plastic-waste/

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… “Henceforth, BlackRock will divest a certain type of company from all of its active funds: those who mine thermal coal.” … Larry Fink

This is an interesting article from Motley Fools, Scott Phillips, published after the announcement by the BlackRock CEO on January 18th, 2020. BlackRock will be divesting from companies that generate 25% or more of their revenue from thermal coal. BlackRock plans to increase its investment in exchange traded funds that focus on sustainability. While Mr Phillips questions the motivation of the companies plans, the net affect would seem to indicate a positive outcome for the environment.

https://us3.campaign-archive.com/?u=0d1d0582254b8399936e6130e&id=4eb1105cf9&e=98b6763e2a