Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pohnpei Sponge Farmers

I really like the New Internationalist magazine and website, for its articles of behind the scenes issues but also for its attempt to provide an online shopping site for those of us who do try to buy goods, clothes and presents that do least harm to the earth and actually provide a sustainable living to some group of people less fortunate than ourselves.

It may be crazy to ship sponges across the world but its better than many other options, like buying plastic toys made in China. Read a little about this and see what you think.....

Pohnpei Sponge Farmers - Micronesia  (Click to enlarge then move cursor to right of image to see if there are more images.)

In the sheltered lagoons of Pohnpei, Micronesia, the Marine and Environmental Research Institute of Pohnpei (MERIP) has set up a sponge farming operation as a means of generating a sustainable livelihood for local community members, many of which have no access to running water or electricity, and little means of earning money.....

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