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Chances are you'll not consider your self as a pacesetter, however as an underwater explorer, you’ve seen and skilled issues most individuals haven’t. If you speak concerning the world beneath the waves, your phrases affect others. All of us have the facility to make a distinction, and your ardour for the underwater world can be utilized as a drive for good to encourage others to comply with in your footsteps.  

The connection you will have with the ocean planet… is a super-power for the ocean. By setting a superb instance, you possibly can encourage individuals to save lots of the ocean.

Be a PADI® Torchbearer and spark change in your group; use your voice to make clear essential points and encourage others to take motion for ocean safety. Collectively, our collective actions can create a groundswell of constructive change.

“The Biggest Menace to Our Planet Is the Perception That Somebody Else Will Save It”
– Environmentalist Robert Swan, OBE

Be a Steward for the Ocean and Your Native Seashores

  • All the time clear up after your self and take away trash others might have left behind
  • Comply with boating practices that don’t hurt the reef or coastal habitats
  • Volunteer for a local beach cleanup or Dive Against Debris®
  • Tread frivolously – don’t intrude with wildlife
  • By no means take away rocks, coral or shells
  • Be a sensible tidepooler and comply with all posted tips 

Ditch the Disposable Way of life

Many people grew up studying we should always “scale back, reuse, recycle,” however individuals overlook – these phrases are a hierarchy. We’re supposed to scale back waste first and reuse what we will, recycling is the “final” choice.

Straws, disposable utensils, snack wrappers and lots of plastic luggage can’t be recycled and most plastics gadgets take as much as 1000 years to decompose in landfills. The plastic luggage we use in our on a regular basis life take 10-20 years to decompose, whereas plastic bottles take 450 years. Most of our plastic waste is shipped on barges to creating nations that may not deal with it leading to a worldwide disaster in waste administration. Furthermore, throughout transit it may get blown into the ocean inflicting fatalities in seabirds, turtles, seals, and different animals that mistake the plastic for meals.  

Be a task mannequin to others and ditch the disposable way of life. Under is an inventory of reusable merchandise that may allow you to scale back waste. In the event you already personal the gadgets under, think about giving them as presents.

Shopping bags
Travel utensils
Snack pouches
Hot and cold drinkware
Reusable straws

Our collective efforts can make a constructive impression. Merely switching to a reusable espresso mug reduces landfill waste by 10 kgs/23 lbs per yr per individual.

Be a Voice for the Ocean

Reusable shopping bags when travelling

Store Sustainably

Your decisions matter. For instance, if everybody selected sustainable seafood as an alternative of exploited species, the demand for overfished species would drop and endangered fish populations might begin to recuperate. Listed here are a couple of extra methods to buy sustainably:

Go to eco-friendly travel destinations – and create a monetary incentive for communities to guard their marine habitat. By no means buy gadgets comprised of coral, tortoiseshell, sharks or different marine life.

Purchase upcycled merchandise every time attainable. Upcycled merchandise scale back waste and convey worth to gadgets which may in any other case be thrown away, for instance:

Within the office:

  • Encourage your co-workers/employees to video convention as an alternative of touring for an in-person assembly
  • Select catering providers with eco-friendly practices
  • Ask whether or not the corporate can present reusable cups and utensils for workers and guests and set a great instance by carrying your own
  • In case your workplace has grass or different crops which require watering, recommend xeriscaping as an alternative

Select Experiences As an alternative of Issues

Right here’s one thing many PADI Torchbearers have in widespread – we’d somewhat have superb reminiscences than extra stuff. Swimming with a seal, seeing a dolphin, or listening to whale track, these are unforgettable presents from nature.

As talked about above, the place you journey and the companies you select issues. Take a look at this record of eco-operators from PADI Journey®, or search for PADI GREEN STAR™ dive outlets and 100% AWARE partners on PADI’s web site. 

Help Organizations Dedicated to Ocean Safety

Regardless of the place you reside, there’s a corporation that would use your assist. Volunteer your time, signal a petition, start a personal fundraiser, do no matter you possibly can to help organizations working to guard our oceans.

Unsure the place to start out? Listed here are a couple of of our favorites: 

Project AWARE® – a worldwide motion for ocean safety powered by a group of adventurers.

Surfrider – passionate protectors of the ocean, waves, and seashores

Oceana – a world advocacy group devoted to restoring and defending the world’s oceans.

The Coral Restoration Foundation – devoted to restoring coral reefs by means of the cultivation, outplanting, and monitoring of genetically numerous, reef-building corals.

Lonely Whale – an incubator for brave concepts that drive impactful change on behalf of our ocean

We hope the concepts above make you are feeling impressed and empowered, however for those who’re feeling overwhelmed, that’s okay. Ocean safety is an enormous job – that’s why our ocean planet wants torchbearers such as you to spark change that may create lasting change above and under the floor. 

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