2020 has been one loopy yr, that’s for sure. The Covid-19 Pandemic has thrown us all off our traditional rhythm, marking chaos and exhausting occasions for a lot of.
Though the devastating results of this disaster shouldn't be downplayed, we’d be lacking the complete image if we didn’t recognise 2020 as a chance for change, an actual probability to put out our most popular imaginative and prescient of the longer term and make it occur.
As PADI Divers, it’s our legacy. Our emblem is a purple diver over a blue planet; colours of ardour, power, loyalty and belief. The diver carries a torch signifying inspirational and daring management. Virtually like a prophecy from means again when, our emblem signifies our future on this planet. Because the creation of Venture AWARE®, collectively because the world’s largest ever community of ocean advocates, we’ve grow to be a voice for the ocean.
At present, we've got a collective option to harness the facility of 2020 and be a part of a future answer, selecting to consider in hope and selecting to take motion.
Collectively, PADI and Challenge AWARE are inspiring a strong group of Torchbearers, dedicated to exploring and defending our ocean, shining a light-weight on what’s attainable,and main communities in the direction of a sustainable future.
In celebration of the ocean, AWARE Week is happening from 19th – 27th September 2020! The worldwide occasion will as soon as once more embrace actions targeted on tackling the marine particles disaster, creating consciousness for a plastic-free ocean, and empowering native communities to take constructive actions for the safety of fragile aquatic environments, fins on and fins off.
Underneath the theme – Carry The Torch For Ocean Safety – PADI’s international dive group is invited to join the growing movement of PADI® Torchbearers throughout AWARE Week to take motion for the ocean, above and under the floor. Begin your Torchbearer journey with Venture AWARE this AWARE Week!
So what does that imply for AWARE Week 2020? It signifies that this yr, AWARE Week is all about taking AWARE actions to start out your journey in the direction of turning into a PADI Torchbearer.
The PADI Torchbearer Motion might be guided by the Torchbearer Framework. 5 key objectives that may information our actions now and within the days to return, making certain our particular person contributions play right into a wider motion that may finally flip the dial in the direction of a wholesome future for individuals and planet.
This yr, for every day of AWARE week we’ll dive into every of the objectives and take motion in no matter approach we will, while preserving ourselves and our communities protected. Maintain studying to get clued up on what’s to return, and get excited about the way you’re going to become involved…
Monday 21st September
Group Aim 1: Stand Up For The Ocean
We'll converse up and use our voices to drive constructive change. We'll lend our help to environmental campaigns, signal petitions, attend key occasions, write to our representatives and have interaction in dialog with our native communities. Because the world strikes ahead, we'll proceed to be the ever-louder voice of the ocean.
AWARE Week Goal: Assist Advance The Safety Of Mako Sharks
This yr, we hope you’ll be a part of us to face up for the safety of sharks, one of the weak marine species on the planet. Final yr, Undertaking AWARE helped elevate the diver voice, securing an unprecedented vote to guard Mako sharks and rhino rays (wedgefishes and big guitarfishes) beneath the Conference on Worldwide Commerce in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
This yr, we shall be persevering with that marketing campaign to carry governments accountable. We’re selling and monitoring help from Atlantic fishing nations to deal with one of many world’s most urgent shark conservation disaster: the damaging decline of Atlantic shortfin makos.
Take Motion: Is your nation lacking from the Mako Champions Map? You possibly can assist change that! Head to http://www.sharkleague.org/mako-champions/
Tuesday 22nd September
Group Aim 2: Assume Duty
We'll take direct duty for ocean well being and act as stewards for the locations we love, each above and under the floor. We're pushed by the widespread understanding that each one life on Earth is related and that our actions have a direct influence on the pure world. We'll function position fashions in our communities and amplify the motion for the betterment of individuals and planet.
AWARE Week Goal: Create higher habits above and under the floor
This yr, we're pushed by the widespread understanding that each one life on Earth is related and that our actions have a direct influence on the pure world. As divers, we’re drawn to develop a deeper understanding of the ocean’s ecosystems so we will perceive key ocean threats, determine methods to take motion and provides tricks to be a accountable ocean adventurer.
Take Motion: Sharpen your understanding with the “Top 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet” pledge and contact your native PADI Dive Teacher to join the fins off Undertaking AWARE Specialty.
Wednesday 23rd September
Group Aim three: Dive With A Objective
We acknowledge that each dive is a chance to gather very important knowledge that can be utilized to create future safety measures for the ocean. We'll take part in conservation packages and contribute to citizen science by way of actions that protect underwater habitats and biodiversity very important to human and planetary well being, serving to the native communities the place we dive.
AWARE Week Goal: “Each Dive A Survey Dive”
This yr, we proceed to make use of our distinctive talent set to collect crucial knowledge for the safety of our ocean. By downloading the Dive Towards Particles® App and reporting what you discover, you be a part of the most important underwater citizen science motion on the planet. You'll be able to instantly inform marine particles analysis, thereby mitigating the impacts of air pollution on the ocean planet.
Take Motion: Make Every Dive a Survey Dive, Undertake a Dive Website™ and/or join the Dive Towards Particles® Specialty! There’s additionally the prospect to donate and obtain the Project AWARE limited edition PADI card.
Thursday 24th September
Group Objective four: Scale back Our Carbon Footprint
We'll restore stability by decreasing our personal carbon emissions at work and at house. We'll assist the ocean and coastal communities handle the consequences of human-induced local weather change by working with key companions to recuperate and shield seagrass meadows, mangrove forests and salt marshes.
AWARE Week Goal: Shine a light-weight on The Ocean Basis’s Seagrass Develop Program.
This yr, we pledge to do our half in preventing human-induced local weather change by mitigating our personal carbon footprint by planting seagrass and mangroves. Coastal sea beds are probably the most highly effective CO2 and carbon filters on the planet, storing upwards of 50% of the CO2 that's trapped by the ocean and offering the foundations of life within the ocean.
Take Motion: Take steps to scale back your personal carbon footprint and contribute to the conservation and restoration of seagrass meadows and mangrove swamps by donating to The Ocean Foundation’s Seagrass Grow Program.
Friday 25th September
Group Objective 5 – Make Sustainable Decisions
We'll reject single-use plastic, help real eco journey and voluntourism, make sustainable meals decisions, dive with eco-friendly operators when potential, and help companies which are taking an progressive strategy to sustainability. Our instance will affect these round us, paving the best way for systemic change.
AWARE Week Goal: Perceive Our Buying Energy
This yr, we perceive that our decisions immediately impression the ocean and the behaviour of these round us. We select to shine a light-weight on what’s potential, selecting to go for services that help a wholesome future for our planet, inspiring others to do the identical. Each buy we make, or don’t make, is an opportunity to advocate for a brighter future.