Joining Forces To Save The Ocean

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This week, we're proud – and excited! – to announce our new partnership with The Ocean Basis.

PADI has partnered with The Ocean Basis to supply the PADI Group a way of partaking with seagrass, mangrove and salt marsh conservation and restoration, in an effort to scale back our carbon footprint and help the foundations of life within the ocean.

At PADI Travel, we all know all about exploring – you’re simply one click away from the world’s largest choice of dive packages throughout your complete world, together with Antarctica! But in terms of saving the ocean, we understand that we – together with the remainder of the journey business – nonetheless have some solution to go. In consequence, we’ve put our heads collectively and right here’s our ideas on taking motion…

At first look, worldwide dive journey can look like a difficult one to reconcile with a want to save lots of the ocean.

Whether or not it’s coral bleaching, local weather change or the menace to marine biodiversity posed by widespread destruction of coastal habitats, nobody can deny the elemental challenges dealing with the ocean. What’s extra, there’s no getting away from the man-made nature of those challenges, and the position that journey and hospitality have performed in attending to the place we at the moment are. It’s sufficient to make you query whether or not a visit to your favorite dive vacation spot is even value it.

Spoiler: It truly is! Dive tourism – when dealt with appropriately – is usually a highly effective software for coastal communities and conservation.

Take Misool Resort for instance – a distant getaway in Raja Ampat constructed solely from supplies discovered within the native forest. By working with the area people to arrange the resort and supply various employment, they’ve been capable of set up the Misool Foundation and marine protected reserve. This manner, biodiversity and coastal communities are capable of thrive concurrently in a method that ensures long run safety for the reef and it’s inhabitants.

Credit score: Misool Resort

Some great benefits of sustainable dive tourism outweigh the worth of merely slicing down on carbon emissions by by no means flying. With out divers to help conservation measures at house and overseas, communities are sometimes pressured to show to unsustainable fishing practices to offer for his or her household. And that, is not any good for communities or the ocean.

For sure, coastal communities and ocean well being are inextricably favored. As divers, we're able to satisfy our diving goals and help a more healthy future for individuals and planet.

That simply leaves us with one tough sticking level – the carbon emissions related to air journey. Completely, we should scale back our carbon footprint to make sure a wholesome future. Nevertheless, until you’ve obtained on a regular basis on the planet to journey by land or sea, let’s be trustworthy, you’re going to be boarding a aircraft eventually.

That’s the place The Ocean Basis is available in. In a matter of weeks, you’ll have the ability to mitigate and scale back the carbon footprint of your dive journey by including per ton carbon offset contributions to your reserving.

Simply look out for the ‘Offset Your Journey’ tab on the checkout stage – the identical place you’re already used to choosing transfers, pre-booking rental gear and reserving non-compulsory extras.

Seagrass and mangroves? Why not simply plant a tree?

Nicely for starters, as a result of seagrass and mangroves are actually highly effective.

Seagrass and mangrove habitats are up to 35x more effective than Amazonian rainforests of their carbon uptake and storage talents. So spectacular, that they're chargeable for 11% of the natural carbon buried within the ocean, regardless of occupying solely a tiny quantity of the seafloor.

Secondly, as a result of they're the inspiration of life in our ocean.

A single acre of seagrass can help as many as 50 million small invertebrates and 40,000 fish, together with sharks, turtles and manatees. As divers, that is super-important to us. Learn more about seagrass, and the important role it plays in maintaining healthy oceans here.

The scary half? Seagrasses and mangroves around the globe are being misplaced at a fee of about two soccer fields each hour.

As a worldwide group of Torchbearers, that is our name to motion. If not now, then when? And if not us, who?

OK, inform me extra about The Ocean Basis and the SeaGrass Develop Challenge.

Who higher to introduce you to The Ocean Basis, than their very own President Mark J. Spalding? Take a look at this video for a fast and inspirational intro.

The Ocean Basis is the world’s solely group basis dedicated to reversing the development of destruction of ocean environments.

The SeaGrass Develop Undertaking works along with communities to actively restore abundance and improve the productiveness of coastal ecosystems. So, what this truly means in apply is conserving and restoring seagrass and mangroves, which frequently consists of planting and dealing with locals to make sure long-term safety.

Presently, the first focus is on Jobos Bay Nationwide Estuarine Analysis Reserve, a 1,140 hectare website in Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. To study extra, click here.

For each $20 donated, one ton of carbon is sequestered from the environment.

To offer you a tough concept, a single individual flying from London to Sharm for every week in a finances resort will probably be about zero.7 tons. A pair jetting off to the Caribbean from New York for a luxurious week’s keep is available in at simply over 1 ton. A bucket-list two week journey for 2 in Raja Ampat is available in at simply over three tons, if flying from mainland Europe.

After reserving, we’ll hook you up with The Ocean Basis instantly, supplying you with the choice of estimating the precise carbon footprint of your trip by way of their Carbon Footprint Calculator. From there, you’ll have the ability to make additional donations immediately, ought to your coronary heart want.

How a lot you select to donate is as much as you – in partnering with The Ocean Basis, we’ve made yet one more step in the direction of our objective to give you the instruments and information you want to make knowledgeable, sustainable decisions.

Simply keep in mind, there's nonetheless hope and there's nonetheless time to show this round. Turn out to be a PADI Torchbearer for the ocean as we speak and be a part of the rising group at www.padi.com/onebillion

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