I, Aidan McQuarrie, am giving up my lower leg coverage privileges for an entire year. Meaning, all year around in the very diverse Edmonton, Alberta climate, I will be abstaining from the donning of pants and instead exclusively wear shorts. More specifically, the coverage of the ankle, calf, shin and knee.
By doing this I hope to raise funds for The Blue Marine Foundation. Their mission is, “The active and effective protection of 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020, delivered through a network of marine reserves and private sector led solutions in the sea." -www.bluemarinefoundation.com.
Essentially, they work to establish marine reserves that provide protection for dwindling fish populations from the devastating effects of overfishing. They do this by working with local government, raising awareness of the issue our oceans face, and raising money to work with other not for profit organizations to conserve oceans. I will be beginning January 1st 2015, and presumably end January 1st 2016 with the possibility of extending the end date if I so desire. I highly recommend you check out their website at www.bluemarinefoundation.com
Disclaimer, rules and other fun delights:
As I do not control dress codes or have infinite power over the universe, I will be forced at times into wearing pants. These times include:
events where it is deemed "unsuitable" for one to wear shorts (dress code), winter sporting activities (e.g, skiing), and any time my mother forces me to. However, anytime I leave the house or am out and about on the street, I will be of course, wearing shorts.
I will NOT be profiting from this, all donated money will go straight to The Blue Marine Foundation.
About The Blue Marine Foundation:
They are a registered UK charity that began in 2010. The foundation was started by some of the team that made the award winning documentary End of the line. When they began, little more than 1% of the world's oceans were protected. Now however, over 2.8% is protected from overfishing and destruction. In 5 years they have helped protect sea area twice the size of the UK. Their goal is for 10% of the worlds ocean to be protected by 2020.