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Marine Mammal Podcast episode with M.E.E.R.

See the new Marine Mammal Science Podcast (hostedt by the Society for Marine Mammalogy):
Dr. Ashley Scarlett has a wide-ranging discussion with Fabian Ritter from the history of whale watching in La Gomera, to the organization M.E.E.R. Their discussion covers topics on sustainable whale-watching, ship strikes, and the International Whaling Commission. Continue reading

Drilling Is Killing

Surfrider Foundation Europe gives citizens the tools to join the conversation on offshore oil drilling in the EU

Following the publication of the Manifesto “Toward an EU offshore drilling ban” on April 20nd 2020 which M.E.E.R. also signed, Surfrider Foundation Europe moves into the second phase of its #DrillingIsKilling campaign with the launch of a new online platform. Citizens are now invited to contact their MEPs with direct messages calling for a total ban on offshore oil and gas exploration in the EU! The NGO aims to gain momentum in this effort just ahead of the anticipated evaluation report of the Directive on offshore drilling by the European Commission.

#DrillingIsKilling: a citizen mobilization platform

The Europe-wide relay of Surfrider Europe’s #DrillingIsKilling Manifesto last April demonstrated high enthusiasm among citizens to raise awareness and act against drilling at sea. Now, with the citizen mobilization platform powered by askforchange.surfrider.eu, the NGO is giving citizens the tools to turn passion into action.

The goal of this campaign is to call on European parliamentarians to ban oil and gas exploration and exploitation activities in all European waters by 2035.

Contributing to the campaign would:

  • Reduce the risk of oil spills and discharges at sea to zero.
  • Put an end to water pollution by “drilling muds” containing benzene, zinc, arsenic, radioactive materials, and other contaminants with irreversible consequences.
  • Regulate the impact of exploitation on marine life such as hearing loss, beach strandings, and catch rates reduced by 40 to 80%
  • Protect jobs in sectors highly dependent on water quality, particularly fishing and tourism

At this moment, a real opportunity exists to ban offshore oil and gas drilling in the EU. For Surfrider Europe’s demands to be heard and implemented by public decision-makers, every voice matters.

Act today to influence policy

Acting now would allow for a more ambitious environmental protection objective and accelerate the end of offshore in Europe:

  • The legislative calendar offers the possibility to revise the European Directive on the safety of oil and gas operations at sea.
  • The exit from carbon energies would also support the “Green Pact”, announced by the European Union in 2020, which champions clean energy, the elimination of pollution, and carbon neutrality by 2050.

Antidia Citores, a spokesperson for Surfrider Foundation Europe, affirms that the political agenda calls for immediate pressure from citizens:

“2020 offers a unique chance to shape the future of the continent’s energy policy. Citizen mobilization has been essential to put climate issues on the agenda of European institutions. The exit from fossil fuels and the abandonment of offshore drilling is an immediate and concrete way of aligning with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement ”

Press contact Yana Prokofyeva, European Outreach Officer: yprokofyeva@surfrider.eu / +33 6 51 67 88 89

Ship Strikes: For Educational Use

Berlin, March 2019.

M.E.E.R. is offering a free download of an INFORMATION PACKAGE on VESSEL-WHALE COLLISIONS for educational use. This package contains background information, digital leaflets as well as a complete, ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation about ship strikes including presentation text! The PPT presentation was produced by the IWC (International Whaling Commission) in collaboration with M.E.E.R.

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Practical course 2019

Berlin/La Gomera, December 2018.

We are happy to announce the next practical course of M.E.E.R. e.V.: You can learn about the behaviour of whales and dolphins and analyze their interactions with boats. You can assist in the longterm field research of M.E.E.R. e.V. off La Gomera. We are looking forward to see you!

30 March – 13 April 2019 => BOOK NOW!!!

Read more details about the course: here!

What other participants said about the course: here and here!

Find some impressions about former courses on our youtube channel: here and here!

Master thesis in the field of environmental education

La Gomera, July/August 2018.

As part of its research and education activities, M.E.E.R. e.V. regularly supports students with their bachelor and master theses. Currently, Maita Bengsch is working on her thesis, including data collection on La Gomera. She introduces herself as well as her project here:

“Hey, my name is Maita Bengsch and I am studying Sustainable Tourism at the University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde in Germany. Together with MEER e.V. I am currently working on my master thesis. The goal of this master thesis is to detect gaps and differences in the environmental marine education of residents and tourists in Valle Gran Rey / La Gomera to be able to adjust educational measures more specifically. Continue reading

Plastic litter and marine mammals: a report from the workshop at the ECS conference

Berlin/La Spezia, May 2018.

Wow, this year’s ECS workshop, co-organized by M.E.E.R., set new standards. More than 50 participants came together to talk about plastic litter and marine mammals, more than ever before. M.E.E.R.’s 2nd chairman Volker Smit presented the results of the plastic pirates, who want to avoid plastic waste even before getting into the oceans. We had talks about current developments as well as about the whole extent of the problem, others dealt with approaches to solve the problem. These included the campaign “I care” by the Swiss organization “OceanCare” and the project One World One Ocean for the mapping of micro plastics in the oceans. The Spanish initiative ECOALF presented a “fashion collection” of marine plastic waste.

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2. practical course in October 2018

Berlin/La Gomera, March 2018.

The popular spring course of M.E.E.R. just ended with a series of wonderful sightings and experiences. For all those who did not succeed to participate there are good news: we have arranged a second practical course on La Gomera from 13 – 27 October 2018!

You can learn about the behaviour of whales and dolphins and analyze their interactions with boats. You can assist in the longterm field research of M.E.E.R. e.V. off La Gomera. We are looking forward to see you!

13 -27 October 2018 => BOOK NOW!!!

Read more details about the course: here!

What other participants said about the course: here and here!

Find some impressions about last course on our youtube channel: here and here!

6th educational workshop of M.E.E.R. e.V. at the ECS conference 2018!

Berlin, March 2018.

We proudly announce that M.E.E.R. e.V. offers its 6th workshop in a row on the annual conference of the European Cetacean Society (ECS). It is an educational full-day workshop in the series „Communicating marine mammal science to the general public“, bringing together enthusiastic people in the field of marine mammals and education. This year’s subject is “Plastic litter and marine mammals: how communication can properly address the issue”. We will focus on the growing problem of plastic litter (macro and micro plastic) in the marine environment representing a great threat to marine mammals as well as on approaches to communicate the problem and to address solutions. The workshop is organised by Volker Smit (M.E.E.R. e.V., Germany) and his colleague Dr. Luigi Bundone (Archipelagos ambiente e sviluppo, Italy). The workshop is open to all, especially suitable for researchers, educators, science teachers, students and the media.

You are welcome!

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The new film: Das Meer vor La Gomera

Berlin, February 2018.

M.E.E.R. celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! On this occasion we are very pleased to present the new film: “Das Meer vor La Gomera” (The sea off La Gomera). As part of a student project, the cooperation with the University of Dessau (Department of Design) has resulted in a beautiful and informative image film that reflects the work of the NGO M.E.E.R. and its cooperation partner OCEANO Gomera. The film shows with enchanting images the uniqueness of this island and the wonderful encounters with whales and dolphins. The urgency and need for protection of this habitat is evident – coupled with our message that everyone can contribute in their own way.

 

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Practical course 2018

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Berlin/La Gomera, October 2017.

We are happy to announce the next practical course of M.E.E.R. e.V.: You can learn about the behaviour of whales and dolphins and analyze their interactions with boats. You can assist in the longterm field research of M.E.E.R. e.V. off La Gomera. We are looking forward to see you!

10 -24 March 2018 => BOOK NOW!!!

Read more details about the course: here!

What other participants said about the course: here and here!

Find some impressions about last course on our youtube channel: here and here!

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