Wiki: Reflections on Who/What Increased my Ecological Literacy

My love for living a life revolved around the beauty of nature started many moons ago, but I have to say, living in Australia a few years ago is what spurred my ecoliteracy into what it has become today. From its surf breaks, clean-up crews, and sunny skies, I felt at home here because of the drive locals had to really keep their island as perfect as it was centuries ago. Having traveled to Hawaii for over the past 10 years, I have always had a love for the ocean and our environment, but it wasn’t until I landed in Australia with a suitcase full of clothes, ready to take on school, that I was ready to partake in a few life-changing ecoliteracy experiences.

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Those first few weeks, I was amazed at all of the environmental organizations that cared for Australia’s pristine environments. And so, I took to joining in on the conservation fun and spreading the love of our environment for all to see and hear. I volunteered with a few dune restorations projects, completed my own beach cleanups, and ventured off to any and every environmental festival that was on The Gold Coast. I contribute my ecoliteracy to The Protect Our Coral Sea Foundation. This organization was created to make The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef systems, into a national park. One of my best friends and I drove up to Brisbane for the day to participate in a environmental walk, then scatter around the area to obtain signatures to get people to tell the government that we weren’t going away, and that we want to protect Australia’s coast just as much as the next guy. While walking (more marching through town), I took on a lighter approach to life, and decided that it was no or never that we need to all focus on protecting our world.

From then on, I assisted with the organization anyway possible (from data input to obtaining signatures along the Gold Coast to posting flyers around town), and had the opportunity to volunteer at a music festival with them. That truly was another amazing experience as it showcased to me that there are so many people in this world who truly care for it, and who are willing to go the extra mile to create a better world, in my case it was a walk, bus, ferry, bus and walk to the festival that showed to everyone I talked to over that weekend that my ecoliteracy was here to stay. This organization allowed me to expand my horizons while in Australia, allowed me to embrace life, and enabled me to truly become one with nature while on this beautiful island for school. It truly was an amazing experience to partake in.

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I have always had a love for the environment, and I think that it truly helped growing up outdoors and with family vacations to Hawaii, that my ecoliteracy has expanded into something that the small town folks I’m around everyday may question where I ‘came from’. I have a love for the environment, and I contribute my well-rounded awareness of the environment to The Protect Our Coral Sea Foundation.

Visit:
Protect Our Coral Sea Foundation: http://www.protectourcoralsea.org.au
http://www.protectourcoralsea.org.au/about
Surfrider Foundation: http://surfrider.org
http://www.surfrider.org/chapters
Dune Restoration Programs: http://www.southerngoldcoast.com.au/news/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/6607-Urban-Dune-Restoration-Fact-Sheet.pdf
Great Canadian Beach Cleanup: http://www.shorelinecleanup.ca
Sustainably Ours http://www.sustainablyours.com