Posted by: Thea van der Westhuizen | May 19, 2011

PADDLE FOR THE PLANET

Saturday 4 June Abu Dhabi @ the Flagpole, Marina Mall. 7:30am for 8:00am start

Hi there fellow ADOW Paddling friends!  It’s time to Paddle for the Planet and your help is needed.

WHEN AND WHERE?

Saturday 4 June Abu Dhabi @ the Flagpole, Marina Mall. 7:30am for 8:00am start. Surfski Paddlers will paddle from club to front side of Flagpole to meet up with SUP’s at their regular spot.  We will do a few short loops on the corniche.  To celebrate World Environment Day, we all will meet up for cofee and breakfast afterwards @ Starbucks, Marina Mall.  Anybody with a paddle is welcome: Dragon boats, SUP’s, surfskis, OC’s, traditional boats.

Send email to: thea.vander@gmail.com if you need more info or shower facilities after the paddle.

First things first: What is Paddle for the Planet?

P4P is a Shamaal Group initiative steered by legendary David Mocke who introduced it to the UAE with Wayne Randall at the Dubai Shamaal in 2010.

It is an idea to raise awareness about the terrible things that is happening in the Ocean we use daily.  All paddlers should be aware of what’s going on in our oceans and this is an opportunity to make a difference.  All paddlers are given the opportunity to help.

David Mocke describes Paddle for the Planet’s aim “to support Marine conservation.  As it grows we  endevour to support all kinds of Marine Conservation but for this year and the next we are going to raise funds for a marine reserve in Raja Ampat, Indonesia and keep it protected.  Each year we want to grow this idea branching out further and further as more paddlers get involved keeping more and more waters protected.”

Wayne Randall from the Shamaal Group announced that “Dubai based Colombian Singer/Songwriter Fatiniza has teamed up with Marine Conservation organization PADDLE FOR THE PLANET to raise awareness for the marine environment. P4P is an initiative by the Shamaal group which unites paddlers around the world for a one day global relay event in an effort to give something …back to our oceans.  When asked how she felt that her song titled ‘Today’ had been chosen to be the theme for Paddle for the Planet, Fatiniza said “My objective is complete. I wrote ‘Today’ specifically with awareness for environment in mind, hoping that an organization could use it to reach out to the public and encourage them to take action today. I have planted my seed and I am so happy that I can help make a difference in the world through my music”.
“Paddle for the Planet has generated interest all around the globe and 52 counties will take part in the inaugural event on Sunday June 5th” Wayne Randall added. “In Dubai where the project was born, the launch will take place in Jumeirah on Saturday June 4th with hundreds of paddlers heading out around Jumeirah beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah.”
‘Today” by Fatiniza can be heard and downloaded from the website www.paddlefortheplanet.org. Donations are accepted on the site to download the track and all proceeds will go towards funding the marine reserve in Raja Ampat in Indonesia which is the first location for the project.

Some things for you to be aware of:

  • Each year, three times as much rubbish is dumped into the world’s oceans as the weight of fish caught. (www.marinebio.org)
  • 32% of the world’s fisheries are overexploited, depleted or recovering, which threatens the health, economy, and livelihoods of communities all over the world. The global fishing fleet is estimated to be 250% larger than needed to catch what the ocean can sustainably produce. (www.marinebio.org)
  • 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”. (www.stopsharkfinning.net)

Dawid Mocke ends his plead to paddlers all over the world by stating “OK, so right now, spread the word, email your friends, paddling connections and get the word out there! Let’s be the change!”

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