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#Sharkwater FULL 720p - In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

"An eye-opening film...visually stunning... this movie will change the way you see our oceans." - Bonnie Laufer, Tribute Magazine. 


For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth.

Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas.

Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.


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Plastic Bank: Harvesting Waste Plastic to Reduce Poverty Through 3D Re-purpose Center for Social Plastic & Ocean Bound Plastic.

Plastic Bank: Harvesting Waste Plastic to Reduce Poverty Through 3D Re-purpose Center for Social Plastic & Ocean Bound Plastic. | Our World. | Scoop.it

The Plastic Bank is turning plastic waste into a currency that can be exchanged to help lift people out of poverty & transition them into a self-sustaining life of entrepreneurship. 

We are setting up re-purposing / exchange centers for plastic waste in areas that have a high concentration of poverty and plastic pollution. Our mandate is to provide a ladder of opportunity for the world's poor to ascend from poverty by providing access to education, opportunities and 3D printing services. 

The exchange process for our recycled “Social Plastic” improves the life of a disadvantaged person while cleaning our planet. 

Our goal is to lead the movement towards worldwide demand for the use of Social Plastic in everyday products. The higher the worldwide demand becomes, the higher the reward will be for harvesting Social Plastic. 

Join our Social Plastic movement to start changing the world through your purchasing power.


"I Demand Corporations Use Recycled Ocean/Social Plastics: The Plastic Bank"

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14 New Species of Dancing #Frogs Discovered in India

14 New Species of Dancing #Frogs Discovered in India | Our World. | Scoop.it
Scientists from the University of Delhi have discovered 14 new species of dancing frogs. The lead scientist of the research is University of Delhi professor Sathyabhama Das Biju. The frogs, which belong to the Micrixalidae family, were found in remote areas of the mountains of Western Ghats in southern India. 

The name "dancing frogs" comes from the unique foot-flagging behavior the male frogs make. The males use the behavior to try and draw the attention of females. Take a look: 
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Dispatch from Majuro, Marshall Islands: Disposing of Confiscated Shark Fins - The Pew Charitable Trusts

Dispatch from Majuro, Marshall Islands: Disposing of Confiscated Shark Fins - The Pew Charitable Trusts | Our World. | Scoop.it

By Angelo O'Connor Villagomez


 Majuro, Marshall Islands. The tropical sun has baked the eight bulging sacks, each about 1 meter long, since February in an unventilated warehouse. The distinctive aroma of shark fins assaults me as I enter on this early September day. Urea regulates salt intake in sharks, and it quickly decomposes into ammonia when they die. The toxic and foul-smelling chemical is overpowering and makes my eyes water.

 

Ripping open the sacks, we find mostly fins from blue, silky, and mako sharks. Fishermen cut off the dorsal, pectoral, and caudal fins because they are the most valuable parts, and as many as 40 percent of the sharks are thrown back in the water to die. A full set of oceanic whitetip shark fins tied together with fishing line is in one sack. This shark is one of the most vulnerable shark species, and its fins are some of the most valuable, used solely as an ingredient in soup. - 


Retaining this shark is illegal in every major fishery around the world. It is specifically listed by the Convention on the International Trade in the Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, as potentially threatened with extinction if trade restrictions are not put into place. - See more at: http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/other-resources/dispatch-from-majuro-marshall-islands-disposing-of-confiscated-shark-fins-85899507430#sthash.DJWMPZy0.dpuf

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New Caledonia Just Established The World's Largest Protected Area For Marine Life.

New Caledonia Just Established The World's Largest Protected Area For Marine Life. | Our World. | Scoop.it

 By Stephen Messenger

There's a chance you've never heard of New Caledonia, a small island territory  in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, but it's just made a huge step towards protecting the marine life beyond its shores..

In a monumental move announced last week, New Caledonia has officially created the world’s largest protected area -- a 1.3 million square kilometer marine reserve. The park covers the county's entire exclusive economic zone which stretches for hundreds of miles beyond its shores, an area more than three times the size of Germany.

New Caledonia’s human population is rather small, with just over 250 thousand inhabitants, but the waters surrounding it are teeming with biodiversity. According to Conservation International, the newly established Natural Park of the Coral Sea is home to 48 shark species, 25 types of marine mammals, 19 bird varieties, as well as 4,500 square kilometers of fragile coral reefs.

Planners from the organization Global Ocean Legacy, which worked with the government to establish the park, say that managing the protected area will focus on sustainability in terms of both tourism and the local fishing economy, serving as a model for other island nations throughout the world to follow.

“This decree brings us one step closer to ensuring that New Caledonia’s ecologically important marine habitat and the life it holds will remain healthy for the long-term," says the group's project director Christophe Chevillon.

“Within New Caledonia’s waters are unique areas deserving of the highest level of protection. As the management plan is developed, we are advocating for these special places to be safeguarded from fishing and other extractive activities to ensure they remain healthy and continue to deliver eco-tourism and environmental benefits."

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#WAZA: STOP SUPPORTING TAIJI'$ DOLPHIN $LAUGHTER AND EXPEL THE TAIJI WHALE MUSEUM IMMEDIATELY !!

#WAZA: STOP SUPPORTING TAIJI'$ DOLPHIN $LAUGHTER AND EXPEL THE TAIJI WHALE MUSEUM IMMEDIATELY !! | Our World. | Scoop.it

While WAZA purports to love animals, its indifference to the inhumane methods of driving, herding, capturing and killing employed by the Taiji Fishermen's Union makes WAZA just as culpable as those who bang the poles or those who push the metal rods behind the blowholes of these extremely intelligent animals. WAZA has the power, influence and ability to bring an end to the atrocities of Taiji. The time to hold WAZA accountable...the time for WAZA to stand up for the dolphins IS TODAY! PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE WIDELY TO TELL WAZA THAT THE WORLD IS WATCHING. THE WORLD IS WAITING AND IS DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR WAZA'S PURCHASE SELECTION OF DOLPHINS. 

WAZA MUST AGREE THAT IT WILL EXPEL ANY MEMBERS WHO ACCEPT ANY DOLPHIN THAT IS COLLECTED FROM A DRIVE HUNT, ESPECIALLY FROM A DRIVE HUNT FROM THE INFAMOUS COVE OF TAIJI.

Please sign to DEMAND that WAZA DOES NOT support this brutal Taiji dolphin hunt: WAZA must expel IMMEDIATELY the Taiji Whale Museum for routinely violating the WAZA Code of Ethics.

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Apex Evolution Incorporated.

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Keep #Dolphin Performance Out Of 2014 #Olympics - Linkis.com

Keep #Dolphin Performance Out Of 2014 #Olympics - Linkis.com | Our World. | Scoop.it

 

Posted by Hang Lisa Huynh

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Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee Goal: Tell the President of the International Olympics that a dolphin does not need to be a part of the Olympic relay race

It has been reported that a dolphin is scheduled to play a major part in the Sochi Olympics for 2014. The dolphin show will take place during the Russian Sochi Olympics torch relay race before the introductory ceremony. A dolphin trainer will be holding onto the dolphin’s fin with one hand and holding the Olympics torch with the other while they swim together across the swimming pool at the Black Sea Resort.

Many are concerned for the safety of this dolphin. This fear is justified, as during a nationwide relay, the torch exploded and was engulfed in flames. During the incident, the torch started erupting flames over a meter long before being seized by the Sochi officials. The RIA Novosti website claimed that a young 13-year-old girl suffered from burns because of the incident, but the head of the Sochi organizing committee denied the story.

Using any kind of fire or torch could cause some sort of explosion and put a helpless dolphin in peril. This dangerous move can leave the animal trainer and the dolphin with painful burns, or even kill them. Please sign this petition to tell the President of the International Olympic Committee to take the dolphin out of the show.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee

News reports say that the 2014 Sochi Olympics will have a dolphin in the torch race before the opening ceremony. I think the Olympics is a spectacular sporting event that the whole world loves to tune in and watch, but please take the time to consider removing the dolphin from the show. Last month, there were reports of an incident with the Olympic torch. The torch was engulfed in flames and caused burns to the people involved. If you have a dolphin alongside the person carrying the torch, there is no doubt that the dolphin will get hurt and experience the burns.

I believe that the show can still be a magnificent spectacle without the use of the dolphin. Please show the world that you care about animals and the dolphin’s safety. As the president of the International Olympics, you have the power to take the defenseless dolphin out of the show and protect that dolphin’s life.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mark Interrante via Wikimedia Commons

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Welcome to the #Whale Song Project: We need your help to group similar sounding whale calls together.

Welcome to the #Whale Song Project: We need your help to group similar sounding whale calls together. | Our World. | Scoop.it

Scientific American and the Zooniverse present Whales Calls.

 

Welcome to the Whale Song Project

You can help marine researchers understand what whales are saying. Listen to the large sound and find the small one that matches it best. Click 'Help' below for an interactive guide.

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#Livestream | Sea Shepherd USA.

#Livestream | Sea Shepherd USA. | Our World. | Scoop.it

Welcome to Sea Shepherd's live stream! If the light is green, please tune in as we are currently live streaming. If the light is red, please check out our website or Facebook page for news and alerts on our next live stream broadcast.

To view our previous broadcasts from Taiji, visit our Livestream Archives

Consider becoming a Cove Guardian and joining our team in Taiji. This position requires dedication, time, and resources. You must pay for your travel, lodging, food, and all other personal expenses. If you are interested in becoming a Cove Guardian, please send an email to: coveguardian@seashepherd.org and express your interest.

You will be sent an information packet that includes links to the Onshore Volunteer Application and a supplemental questionnaire for Cove Guardians.
You will submit that package either by electronic or physical mail.
You will be notified if you are selected and provided more detailed information to help you in booking your travels to and stay in Japan. Good luck and thank you!

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Ric O'Barry may be the world's premier lover of dolphins, but the one place you'll never find him at is #SeaWorld taking in a show.

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Maybe you've seen it all, and maybe you're already steeped in outraged, activist documentaries. But you haven't seen anything quite like The Cove, unless you can visualize a disturbing combination of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, Free Willy, and the killing of Bambi's mother. The Cove is directed by the experienced National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos, who sets about to uncover a shocking (but regular) ritual on the Japanese coast: the herding and slaughter of thousands of bottlenose dolphins in the town of Taiji. A few dolphins are saved during this process, and sold off to aquariums so they can perform in water shows. The rest are crowded together and--away from prying eyes--stabbed to death, their meat sold as food. (Interviewing Japanese people on the street, they apparently have no idea that the "whale meat" on sale in stores is actually mercury-saturated bottlenose dolphin.) It's not that this mass killing is secret, exactly, but the fishermen of Taiji have done a proactive job of keeping cameras and other observers from getting a good look. Psihoyos wants to change all that, and he assembles a swashbuckling squad of scientists, filmmakers, and nerds (including movie F/X people who design fake rocks for hidden video cameras) to extra-legally smuggle recording equipment into the cove. The team's spiritual and emotional captain is Richard O'Barry, the man who helped popularize dolphins as cuddly animals as the trainer of TV's Flipper back in the 1960s--and who, horrified by the way dolphins have been used in public displays, has been an anti-captivity activist for decades. The footage that results is so shocking it should cause seismic reactions in viewers, and when O'Barry attends a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (portrayed by the film as ineffectual and/or bought off by Japanese interests) armed with video of the slaughter, he's like Rocky Balboa climbing into the ring for one more big fight. After what we've seen in the film at that point, it's unlikely many viewers won't be rooting him on. -Robert Horton
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GeoScienceResources - Google+

GeoScienceResources - Google+ | Our World. | Scoop.it
GeoScienceResources - Geo-Science Resources. A site that's all about Earth Sciences. - We research Earth Sciences from around the World, whilst always learning, studying & teaching others who want to learn!
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Watch Live: Inside View of Aquarius.

Watch Live: Inside View of Aquarius. | Our World. | Scoop.it

By Dr. Ray O. Johnson Lockheed Martin Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer I had a wonderful dive today to the Aquarius Reef Base to meet with Fabien Cousteau…

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Fabien Cousteau's Mission 31.

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Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31

Breaking new ground in ocean exploration and honoring the 50th anniversary of the monumental legacy left by Fabien’s grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau who is credited with creating the first ocean floor habitats for humans and leading a team of ocean explorers on the first attempt to live and work underwater. 

Mission 31 Will Go Deeper

Based twice as deep as the original Cousteau Conshelf Two expedition in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary aboard Aquarius, the only underwater marine habitat and lab in the world.

Mission 31 Will Go Longer

Fabien and his team of aquanauts will be the first mission of this length to take place in Aquarius and will concurrently pay tribute to his grandfather’s Conshelf Two mission by expanding the Cousteau legacy by one full day for a total of 31 days.

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Government destroys 50 sharks in trial programme – but fails to catch a single great white blamed for fatalities.

Government destroys 50 sharks in trial programme – but fails to catch a single great white blamed for fatalities. | Our World. | Scoop.it
ADAM WITHNALL Wednesday 07 May 2014 More than 170 sharks have been caught and 50 destroyed as part of Australia’s controversial culling policy, government figures have revealed.


Opponents of scheme say it is hurting the wrong shark species and doing nothing to protect beach-goers.


Officials said the programme was “successfully restoring confidence” among beach-goers in Western Australia, but opponents have been critical after it emerged that the animals caught did not include a single great white – the species most often blamed for fatal attacks.

The trial scheme involved placing drum lines along seven of the state’s most popular beaches, and while tiger sharks were the most commonly caught there were also five protected makos, four of which were either killed or found already dead on the line.

The largest shark caught measured was at Floreat Beach, and measured 4.5m (15ft). All the animals destroyed were longer than 3m (10ft).

The government is now seeking permission to extend the programme for the next three years, but opposition politicians described attempts to justify the cull as “utter nonsense”.


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Find out about shark finning and how you can help to end it. Stop Shark #Finning

Find out about shark finning and how you can help to end it. Stop Shark #Finning | Our World. | Scoop.it

 Every year tens of millions of sharks die a slow death because of finning. Finning is the inhumane practice of hacking off the shark’s fins and throwing its still living body back into the sea. The sharks either starve to death, are eaten alive by other fish, or drown (if they are not in constant movement their gills cannot extract oxygen from the water). Shark fins are being “harvested” in ever greater numbers to feed the growing demand for shark fin soup, an Asian “delicacy”.

Not only is the finning of sharks barbaric, but their indiscriminate slaughter at an unsustainable rate is pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Since the 1970s the populations of several species have been decimated by over 95%. Due to the clandestine nature of finning, records are rarely kept of the numbers of sharks and species caught. Estimates are based on declared imports to shark fin markets such as Hong Kong and China.

StopSharkFinning.net is campaigning to achieve a worldwide ban on shark finning. That means that all sharks caught must be landed intact – their fins must not be removed while the shipping vessel is at sea.

If you are concerned about the plight of sharks – an animal that has been around since before the dinosaurs – there are plenty of things you can do to help. So go to our campaigns page and take action now!

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#Sharks | Basic Facts About Sharks | Defenders of Wildlife. From #Defenders of Wildlife Via @OrcaAvengers

#Sharks | Basic Facts About Sharks | Defenders of Wildlife. From #Defenders of Wildlife Via @OrcaAvengers | Our World. | Scoop.it
Behavior

Most sharks are especially active in the evening and night when they hunt. Some sharks migrate over great distances to feed and breed. This can take them over entire ocean basins. While some shark species are solitary, others display social behavior at various levels. Hammerhead sharks, for instance, school during mating season around seamounts and islands.

Some shark species, like the great white shark, attack and surprise their prey, usually seals and sea lions, from below. Species that dwell on the ocean floor have developed the ability to bottom-feed. Others attack schooling fish in a feeding frenzy, while large sharks like the whale and basking sharks filter feed by swimming through the ocean with their mouths open wide, filtering large quantities of plankton and krill.

 

Reproduction

Sharks mature slowly, and reach reproductive age anywhere from 12 to 15 years. This, combined with the fact that many species only give birth to one or two pups at a time, means that sharks have great difficulty recovering after their populations have declined.

Soon after birth, sharks pups swim away to fend for themselves. They are born with fully-fledged sets of teeth and are able to feed and live on their own.

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#Sharkstopper is the first and only Acoustic Shark Repellent in the world.

#Sharkstopper is the first and only Acoustic Shark Repellent in the world. | Our World. | Scoop.it

SharkStopper devices emit an acoustic signal that is undesirable to sharks, yet not harmful to them.

Through extensive testing, the signal for the SharkStopper "Personal Shark Repellent", has been proven to repel sharks up to 60' feet away, with a minimum protection range of 20'.

This device is designed to be worn on a person's ankle.  The reason why this is the optimal placement is because sharks have been known to attack in as little as 2 feet of water.  

SharkStopper is designed to automatically engage once its sensors are immersed in water. When the device is removed from water, the unit will shut itself off.

Sharkstopper has a rechargeable battery that will provide its user with many hours of peace-of-mind while enjoying the ocean. 

Stay tuned and please sign up above to receive more information about SharkStopper's availability.

With SharkStopper, enjoyment of the open waters just became safer.

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#OrcaAvengers: Honor the Orcas, dive in. An Earth Science Institute World Project

#OrcaAvengers: Honor the Orcas, dive in. An Earth Science Institute World Project | Our World. | Scoop.it

 

 #CaptivityFree

Working in partnership with: Captivity free, #PandorasJourney We speak for the Cetaceans of the World.

Titan Exploration Industries: Wildlife campaigners of the World.

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SEE Whales | SEEtheWILD See whales on SEEtheWILD's unique conservation and volunteer expeditions.

SEE Whales | SEEtheWILD See whales on SEEtheWILD's unique conservation and volunteer expeditions. | Our World. | Scoop.it

SEE WHALES

 

 

 

Whales are the largest animals that live on the Planet. They are marine mammals that belong to the order of cetacea, which includes roughly 80 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises. 

 

 

 

SEE Whales on these Conservation ToursAlaska By SailAntarctica Wildlife ExpeditionArgentina Wildlife AdventureCosta Rica: Ultimate Wildlife AdventureGlaciers and Grizzlies (Alaska)Haida Gwai - Queen Charlotte Islands Tour (Canada)Mozambique: By Land and By SeaNicaragua's Wild SideWhale Watching & Turtle Research(Baja, Mexico)Whales & Totems (Canada)Whales of Southern California

 

Did You Know?Whales are mammals, therefore they are air-breathing with lungs, nurse their young, are warm-blooded, and have hair (in very small amounts).Whales are widely distributed around the globe, and are found in all oceans.Many species of whales migrate long distances each year between feeding and breeding grounds. Whales are divided up between baleen whales and toothed whales.  Baleen whales are filter feeders, feeding on the oceans smallest organisms like krill, while toothed whales feed on fish, squid, and other marine mammals.Whales are in the Cetacean Order, which also includes dolphins and porpoises.

 

What Is SEEtheWILD?

We're a non-profit organization that  travel through wildlife tours that help protect endangered species. We work with quality tour operators who have passed our criteria to ensure low environmental impact. We're part of The Ocean Foundation.

Want to see whales?  Contact us for more information.

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The DNA Detectives That Reveal What #Seafood You’re Really Eating.

The DNA Detectives That Reveal What #Seafood You’re Really Eating. | Our World. | Scoop.it

Whenever LeeAnn Applewhite goes out to dinner for seafood, she makes sure to order extra for take-out, but the fish doesn’t go in the fridge. Instead, she takes it to her lab, extracts a microscopic sample of DNA, and samples a few key genes to reveal which species the sample belongs to.

In an age where roughly a third of all seafood served in the U.S. is mislabeled, she finds that the DNA and menu often disagree. “I’ve come across some real doozies,” she says. “The lobster bisque is actually shrimp, or—this one is the most common—the grouper is really vietnamese catfish.”

Applewhite is particularly qualified to make these distinctions. She’s the founder and CEO of the Florida-based Applied Food Technologies (AFT), a company that provides DNA identification of seafood for restaurants, grocery chains, distributors, government agencies and importers.

Having the technology to detect seafood fraud is a modern development, but the practice itself is age-old. “It’s gone on forever,” Applewhite says. “A fisherman goes out, harvests massive quantities of fish, whatever’s in that harvest gets filleted, and once the head, tail and scales are gone, you really can’t tell what it is.”

Mislabeling can be inadvertent (the result of bycatch being identified as the fish species targeted) or intentional (a cheaper species, like Asian catfish, getting labeled as grouper to fetch a higher price). And it’s especially prevalent because roughly 90 percent of the seafood eaten in the U.S. is imported, making tracking more difficult.

 

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#CounterSpill

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Counterspill promotes awareness about the impact of non-renewable energy disasters through a living archive that combines best-in-class reporting, research, social media and community engagement.
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OPS- What You Can Do

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OPS- Things you can do to make a difference!

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” 

-Margaret Mead


Change comes from all directions. Grassroots organizations work from the bottom up. Marble halls of power work to define and defend policy.Inform yourself. Follow a broad range of news.Vote. The people you choose to represent you matter- they are your voice.Write to your leaders. A letter to your U.S. Representative and/or Senator lets them know what you are thinking.Learn the lingo. Understand and use these legislative terms.Write an Op-Ed (opposite the editorial page) to spur relevant discussions in your community. Find your local news sources here.


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