More than 3.5 billion people depend on the ocean for their primary food source. Whales, dolphin, turtles, sea birds and all ocean life depends on a healthy marine ecosystem to survive. Like any healthy community, the ocean relies on a varied cast of characters, and each member plays a pivotal role. The loss of any one of them would threaten to disrupt the balance causing the ocean to spiral out of control.
Sharks play a crucial role in maintaining the fragile ocean ecosystem. If we remove sharks from the community, sickness will spread, entire schools of fish will die, and the entire ocean will enter a state of imbalance. These key players are now under threat. Due to the high market value for shark fin soup, poachers haul the animals out of the ocean and hack off their fins. They then dump the still living sharks back into the sea where they slowly die. This despicable and wasteful practice is pushing many shark species to the brink of extinction.
Thanks to you we are on our way to stopping this! We won the first phase of the Chase Giving Challenge, but now the stakes are higher and the competition is steep. We have done so much with 100 % volunteer powered efforts, but if we are going to pull through the final phase, we need your help more than ever. Your 1 vote = 1 million dollars for the Ocean.
Here is a step-by-step guide for how to vote:
- Log on to Facebook and follow this link: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/462810
- Facebook will then ask you if you want to “Allow” this application on your homepage. Click “Allow.” Keep in mind, you can always remove this access immediately after voting.
- You will then be prompted to the Imaging Foundation Community Giving page.
- Click the “Become a Fan of this Page” button
- Once you are a fan, click “VOTE FOR CHARITY”
Use the tools provided at the bottom of the voting page (“Tweet This,” “Post to Wall,” and “Invite a Friend”) to help spread the word!
Who are your contacts? Be creative! Without an extended team, we will have a hard time winning this event. A few examples: Co-workers, fraternity/sorority, book clubs, address book, dive clubs, activities, listservs. How do you contact them? Some ideas: send private messages, send an email blast, a mass text, post on forums, see who’s on IM, tweet, make a phone call, do whatever you can to reach as many of your contacts as possible! Most importantly, have fun and be creative!
If you can join our efforts between January 15-22, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “I WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUR OCEANS” and we will forward you instructions about how you can spread the word.
HAITI INFORMATION AND ACTIONS
Haiti’s reconstruction by Haitians living aboard For these noble goals, we ask that the government of the country in which we reside to task our pay check $10 per pay period for the next 50 years so that we can rebuild our dear Haiti.
Support the UN’s Response to Haiti Quake Victims United Nations Foundation
Honor UN Peacekeepers in Haiti Better World Campaign