Posted in Animals, Awareness, Tourist in my own Town / Province

World Photography Day & World Orangutan Day

In honour of these celebrations I’m sharing my favourite photo that I’ve taken at our local zoo.  The Toronto Zoo opened it’s doors August 15 1974.

Toronto Zoo

My “old” camera was just too slow for the impulse moment that this photo just missed. I wished I had captured the kiss that Daddy Molek and Budi shared.

The Toronto Zoo cares for the only orangutan troop in Canada. If you are going to be in Toronto, Canada on the weekend (August 22/23) they have a special Orangutan event.

Posted in Celebrations, Nature

World Oceans Day

HO2-small-poster world oceans

Did you know: (as posted on )

  • Oceans cover three quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97 percent of the Earth’s water, and represent 99 percent of the living space on the planet by volume. To date only a little over 1 percent of the ocean is protected.
  • An estimated 50-80 percent of all life on earth is found under the ocean surface and the oceans contain 99 percent of the living space on the planet. Less than 10 percent of that space has been explored by humans.
  • Tiny marine plants called phytoplankton release half of all oxygen in the atmosphere through photosynthesis.
  • The oceans account for 96 percent of all the water on the surface of the Earth, the remainder being freshwater, in the form of rivers, lakes and ice.
  • The ocean absorbs approximately 25 percent of the CO2 added to the atmosphere from human activities each year, greatly reducing the impact of this greenhouse gas on the climate.
  • Oceans absorb about 30 percent of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.
  • Total carbon deposits in coastal systems such as such as mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass meadows may be up to five times the carbon stored in tropical forests.
  • Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.
  • Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at $3 trillion per year or about 5 percent of global GDP.
  • Oceans contain nearly 200,000 identified species, but actual numbers may lie in the millions.
  • Oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein, with more than 2.6 billion people depending on the oceans as their primary source of protein.
  • Marine fisheries directly or indirectly employ over 200 million people.Subsidies for fishing are contributing to the rapid depletion of many fish species and are preventing efforts to save and restore global fisheries and related jobs, causing ocean fisheries to generate US$ 50 billion less per year than they could.
  • As much as 40 percent of the world oceans are heavily affected by human activities, including pollution, depleted fisheries, and loss of coastal habitats.
  • Source: United Nations 
Posted in Canada, Nature, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wordless Wednesday

Travel Theme: Bountiful ( A Throwback Thursday re-post)

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority annually hosts the Niagara Children’s Water Festival at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in September. Thinking of that and being grateful for living somewhere that water is so bountiful, I thought I’d share some water photos.

Travel theme: Bountiful

Posted in Awareness

Light it Up Blue

World Autism Day

#AutismFact: The idea of an autism spectrum was first introduced by Lorna Wing and Judith Gould in 1979

#AutismFact: Some people with autism may develop fascinations or special interests

#AutismMyth: All people with autism are good at maths, art and music #worldmathsday
#AutismFact: People w/ autism will often learn a lot about a topic they’re fascinated with & be perceived as experts

#AutismFact: Fascinations, repetitive behaviour & routines can be a source of enjoyment for people autism

#AutismFact: Special interests may provide structure & predictability to people w/ autism, helping them cope with uncertainties of daily life

#AutismFact: People w/ autism who find social interaction difficult may use their special interests to start conversations & feel relaxed

#AutismFact: Mothers across the world dedicate their lives to supporting and caring for loved ones with autism #Mothersday

#AutismFact: Special interests of people with autism can improve self-esteem, encourage socialising & develop skills

#AutismMyth: After being supported through school, people with autism instantly adapt to adult life
#AutismFact: Many young people with autism find it difficult to imagine life beyond school & what being in a workplace will involve

#AutismFact: Big changes, such as transition from children’s to adult services, can be traumatic for people w/ autism

#AutismMyth: People with autism no longer require support once they leave school
#AutismFact: Planning & support are vital to ensure transition is as smooth as possible for people with autism