Environmentalist

As an environmentalist, I am deeply passionate about nature and cherish every creature sharing this beautiful planet with us. Utilizing my mermaid persona, I strive to raise awareness about the oceans and showcase the enchanting beauty of the underwater world. My hope is that more individuals will feel inspired to contribute towards protecting our marine environments. Viewing the world through a mermaid’s perspective, I urge everyone to join in the effort to safeguard it before it’s too late.

A Girl Dreams of a better World

Ever since I was a young girl, my heart has been with nature, the environment, and animals. Despite my parents’ warnings against venturing into the forest alone, I found myself there nearly every day, climbing trees, constructing hideouts, and tending to injured animals in need. I dreamt of living in harmony with nature, much like the native Americans. Even at a young age, I recognized the destructive path humanity was on, witnessing the heartbreaking sights of garbage-strewn woods and deforested areas.

Animals I rescued always surrounded me, providing a sense of connection that I valued more than most human interactions. Witnessing the cruel treatment of animals at meat and dairy farms clashed with my ethical beliefs, leading me to adopt a vegetarian and eventually a vegan diet.

Sexy environmental campaign with Katrin Gray
Environmentalist Mermaid Kat supports Project Aware
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My start as an Environmentalist

As I grew older, my activism in environmental causes intensified. In 2006, I co-founded the German shark conservation organization “SharkChance,” marking the beginning of my active engagement in larger environmental projects. My transformation into a mermaid allowed me to use my unique position to further ocean conservation efforts. I swam with wild dolphins in the Red Sea, opposing marine parks and the inhumane treatment of captive dolphins. Documentaries like “The Cove” and “Blackfish” highlight these issues, and I encourage everyone to educate themselves through such powerful films.

A Mermaid on a Mission

My mission as a mermaid took me to various parts of the world, including swimming in the shark tank of “Underwater World Pattaya” in Thailand to support the campaign “Swim for Sharks”. She also performed at “Aquaria KLCC” in Kuala Lumpur to support the anti shark finning campaign “Save our Fins”. In 2014, I organized a Project AWARE Finathon with “Miss Scuba UK” finalists to raise funds for shark protection and awareness against the shark finning industry. I also participated in campaigns like Ocean Geographic’s “Facing Grace” to show the misunderstood beauty of sharks, challenging their monstrous portrayal by popular media. Through my work, I aspire to unveil the splendor of the marine realm to others, inspiring them to join in its preservation.

I’ve been involved in numerous campaigns to address the plastic pollution crisis, such as “Phuket Dives Against Debris” and the Sea Shepherd “Marine Debris Campaign.” In Germany, I supported initiatives encouraging the use of reusable bags over single-use plastics, highlighting the importance of conscious consumer behavior.

You can be an Environmentalist!

Becoming an environmentalist is a journey accessible to everyone. Small actions like practicing “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” avoiding single-use plastics, and conserving resources can make a significant impact. I advocate for watching documentaries like “The Cove”, “Blackfish”, ‘Sharkwater” and “Earthlings” to deepen understanding and commitment to environmentalism.

Become an environmentalist today – We only have one world to live in.

Merman and mermaids to protect the sea
No shark fins with Mermaid Kat
Neptun and mermaids to save the seas

Helpful Tips

You don’t have to swim with sharks and crocodiles to be an environmentalist or ocean ambassador. Everyone can help with doing some little changes in their daily routines. Here are some tips for you and your family.

Start in the Bathroom

Many cosmetic products such as scrubs contain small plastic particles (micro plastics). Through the waste water system, these easily make the way into our environment. Use natural cosmetics instead. Another great substitute are homemade cosmetics. Make your own body scrub by mixing coffee grounds with coconut oil or salt with olive oil. Being an environmentalist can start in your bathroom.

Nature vs Chemistry

Instead of chemical make-up removal products, use coconut or olive oil. Be an even bigger environmentalist and swab cotton pads to reusable pads made of fabric. They can easily be washed in the washing machine.

Sparkle Party

Who doesn’t love when it sparkles? But be careful! Glitter is often just plastic and cannot be recycled. Use an alternative glitter that is biodegradable (e.g. Project Glitter) or edible glitter that is used for cakes. Alternatively, you can also make glitter yourself: mix a little salt with food colouring and then let it dry in the oven for 10-15 minutes on low heat.

Natural Confetti

Confetti should not be missing at any New Year’s party. Instead of buying it in plastic packaging, just make natural confetti yourself: collect leaves in different colors (preferably in autumn) on your next walk in the forest and process them with a perforator. The result is beautifully colored confetti, completely natural and biodegradable. Also a great idea to keep children busy.

Reduce the Plastic

Even though you’re trying to do the right thing by recycling, many things can’t be recycled. The key is to to reduce as much waste, especially plastic, as possible. Are you still using the little plastic bags in the grocery store when buying your fruits and veggies? No need for that. Bring little reusable mash bags instead or none at all. You’re going to wash them anyway before you eat them, right?

Reusable Coffee Cup

Unlike most paper items, paper cups can’t be recycled because they’re actually coated in plastic. Remember to bring your reusable coffee cup wherever you go. You forgot it? Sit down in the cafe and actually enjoy your drink in a proper mug or glass. As a last resort, order your take away cup without the lid. Environmentalist to go 😉

Second Hand

Time to redecorate the house? Instead of new furniture, buy some second hand, repair broken ones and pep up old furniture with some color and new handles. It’s fun and instead of throwing something away, you have “upcycled” something, congratulations.

Don’t waste anything

Basically don’t waste. Not water, not food, not electricity … just nothing. Nature has created this planet in such a way that every living being gets exactly what it needs. However, human greed destroys this balance.

Bamboo Alternatives

Cotton swabs are often not only used to clean the ears, but are also useful for many other things. Make sure to use environmentally friendly cotton swabs made from bamboo or similar and without any plastic.

Bye, bye Plastic Toothbrush

We are over 7 billion people on this planet. If we all use and throw away 4 plastic toothbrushes a year, that’s a lot of plastic. Bamboo toothbrushes are a great alternative!

What goes up, must come down

Children certainly like to play with balloons, but these too cannot be recycled and end up in the garbage after a few days. It’s even worse if balloons are let go to fly. What goes up must come down and causes considerable damage in nature. Explain to children how many penguins get caught in balloons and how many sea lions swallow them and perish. Bubbles are a great alternative and we mermaids are crazy about them.

Package Free

Reduce packaging and buy in bulk shops. There you can buy groceries without packaging and simply fill your old jam jars or similar with all the groceries you need. And if you can’t get past the normal supermarket, avoid plastic packaging and choose paper or glass packed items instead.

Dolphins – Only in the Wild!

Do not attend dolphin shows! Hundreds of dolphins are caught in the wild every year. Such wild catches are always a brutal affair: individual animals are separated from their families and shipped to a completely foreign environment in tiny transport boxes, where first of all they have to learn to eat dead fish. Many dolphins in captivity even commit suicide. No dolphinarium in the world can be designed in such a way that dolphins can live a species-appropriate life without suffering. Those who attend a dolphin show accept that the animals suffer for their own short pleasure. Film tip: THE COVE!

Think twice before you buy

We women know it all too well. Rarely can we walk past the clothing store without buying something. Ultimately, clothing is also just “rubbish”. So before you buy new clothes all the time, ask yourself the question: “Do I really need it? I mean really, really? I mean really, really, really?” If the answer is still “yes”, try buying second hand. You can find big treasures and unique vintage items in second hand shops. They are also much cheaper than buying new. Be a smart environmentalist.

Fishes are Friends, no Food

Reduce your fish consumption or do without fish altogether. Fishing is actually responsible for most marine litter. So-called “ghost nets” often remain in the sea and cause terrible damage even over years. Recent studies have also found that most fish contains micro plastics. Fish is not as healthy anymore as it used to be 100 years ago.

Straws Suck

Ask if plastic straws are used in the restaurant, if so, order your drinks without a straw. Make it a habit so you’ll remember this also when you are traveling to different countries. There are reusable straws available, so bring your own or just drink straight out off the glass. It’s actually not that hard to become an environmentalist, is it?

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