Welcome to our Circle of Mermaids page. Here, we’d like to recommend actions you can take in your daily life to help contribute to ocean conservation; organizations and people you can follow who are making a difference for our environment, and events that you can participate in organized by us or our partners.
Our Circle expands from here as well–because we think being a mermaid is a lifestyle choice, a way of relating to our world through a care for nature, and for ourselves. In the end, our goal is always to protect what is precious. For more about our special Circle, click here.
What you can do every day to make a difference
- Refuse single use plastics. When you can, don’t accept plastic bags in supermarkets, shops or local markets. There are many practical, small cloth bags that you can now carry in your purse and unfold very easily to hold your purchases. Instead of plastic bottles for your juice, soft drinks or water, try to carry around a reusable bottle. There are plenty of attractive options. Here’s a selection.
- Be selective with your fish. There is plenty of information available about what species are endangered, which ones are enduring unnecessarily painful deaths (such as sharks for shark fin soup), and what fishing practices have a lethal impact on the ecosystem of the oceans (such as trawling). And there are restaurants, shops and fishermen who are making sure that what they serve or provide as catch is done with more attention to the conservation of the ocean and its creatures. Read up this information and on the suppliers of your food. Consume with care.
- Walk, bike, run. Find alternative means of transportation. Or alternate the days that you use the car. Your body will appreciate the effort as much as the environment. The extra carbon dioxide contributes to ocean acidification, which is a major threat to the creatures at the bottom of the ocean food chain.
- Sign The Ocean Project Pledge and Follow the 7 C’s of ocean conservation: Commit to making a real difference, Conserve in your home, Consume consciously, Communicate your interest and concerns, Challenge yourself daily, Connect to your community, Celebrate our ocean.
Websites and Organizations to follow
The Ocean Project (see above)
People we follow: Mermaids & Mermen
Dianna Cohen, Creative Director and Co-Founder Plastic Pollution Coalition. Dianna belongs to that rare breed, called “artivists” that are not only brilliantly creative and inspiring in their artwork but use their talent to raise awareness about issues that are important to them. Her work reflects her designer’s eye and her preoccupation with what has become a growing concern for many of us: plastic, its ubiquitous presence and what must and can be done with it. At MOM, we’re especially grateful for Dianna’s collaboration and support with our film’s efforts.
Jodelle Fitzwater just contacted us to participate in our efforts to get the word out about the ocean’s health. As a certified fitness instructor and Stand Up paddle teacher, Jodelle knows all about health. She is also active in her local community, concerned with the well being of those in need. In her own words, this is what our Missouri mermaid does:
“I am all about promoting the health and protection of ourselves and our oceans. I am the Midwest Ambassador for BiC Stand up Paddle Boards which are by far some of the most eco-friendly boards produced today. I teach paddleboarding, fitness, yoga, and nutrition, but [what I most love] to teach is a passion for all of God’s creation.”
Her mermaid mission statement is:
To passionately swim through life with strength and purpose, to serve and help and sing to others with an encouraging song, and to love as deep as the sea.
Who is our latest ocean hero? None other than Almudena Fernández, who is also the model and muse for the Susan Rockefeller “Mission of Mermaids” jewelry line! Almudena is not only a stunning model, but an earnest eco activist, a supporter of Oceana and other environmental organizations. We welcome her to the circle!