Across the globe Greenpeace activists are coming together on the 20th January (Penguin Awareness Day) and calling for an Antarctic Sanctuary in the Weddell Sea.
Greenpeace Waltham Forest will be waddling down to Lloyd Park for our day of action - which has a Yogic twist! In the spirit of New Years resolutions, we'll be finding our very own inner sanctuaries - dressed in black and white and sporting some home-made penguin masks, the lovely Lil will be guiding us through some fun, family-friendly, Antarctic-inspired penguin poses!
The session will be light, fun and focused on raising awareness of the Antarctic campaign. Suitable for all creatures great and small! (no previous yoga experience required!)
Where? Lloyd Park, E17 - we'll meet by the basketball court at 11am (NB: location may change if we have heavy rain!)
What to bring:
- A mat if you have one - but don't worry if not, we have a few spares!
- WARM black and white clothes that you can easily move in
- A sense of humour - get ready to flap those flippers or pull your best downward-facing penguin
- A smile - the focus of this activity is to raise awareness and get some great snaps! There's likely to be some posing outside the William Morris Gallery too!
Not into yoga?
This will be light, fun and accessible activity - but if yoga isn't your thing, we also need communicators to chat to passers-by about why penguins are doing yoga in Lloyd Park! We'll have flyers, banners, stickers and props to engage members of the public and spread the message!
Make your own mask:
To collect your very own penguin mask (which you can pre-make at home and wear on the day) please contact Hannah: hannah_boustred [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk
More info on the campaign:
Almost half our planet is a vast blue wilderness outside of the boundaries of flags, languages and national divisions. It’s bigger than every continent combined and it belongs to us all. It’s our collective responsibility to protect our oceans, not only for the wildlife that lives there, but because the health of our oceans sustains our planet and the livelihoods of billions of people.
Right now we have an opportunity to make history. Next October, the Antarctic Ocean Commission will meet to decide whether to create the largest protected area on Earth: an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary (five times the size of Germany). An Antarctic Sanctuary would create a safe haven for penguins, whales, seals and other incredible wildlife, marking these waters off-limits to the industrial fishing vessels sucking up the tiny shrimp-like krill, on which Antarctic life relies.
Healthy oceans can also help us to tackle the worst effects of climate change by soaking up carbon dioxide, so the benefits of ocean sanctuaries are truly global. But it will only happen if we rise up together to demand that our leaders fulfil the obligation we all have to protect our shared oceans. Join us to demand an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.
Any questions or if you have trouble finding us on the day, please contact Hannah 07990900473
Help us waddle for Weddell, stretch for the sea and pose for penguins - we guarantee you'll have a whale of a time ;-) #ProtectAntarctic