2021 is a critical year for the ocean. Regardless of the environmental and local weather disaster taking a backseat to the pandemic in 2020, the urgency to deal with key threats dealing with the ocean – and humanity – continues to rise.
There's undoubtedly a renewed sense of optimism and hope for the yr forward, however many individuals across the globe are nonetheless dealing with the realities of a COVID 19 world. The pandemic continues to be proscribing the power to renew actions and leisure passions as many nations are dealing with nationwide lockdowns which are retaining us inside and testing our artistic spirits!
The excellent news is that there’s three unprecedented and highly effective conservation campaigns happening that we will all interact with.
Grow to be a Reef Scientist from Your Couch
“One of many biggest challenges to the Nice Barrier Reef is that a lot of the world believes it’s already gone. We’re out right here right now, and we will inform you it undoubtedly isn't.” – Andy Ridley, CEO, Residents of the Nice Barrier Reef
Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef is main a world-first citizen science challenge to check the effectiveness of mass-scale human engagement in a big underwater analysis venture. On this case, anybody with web entry can play a task in figuring out the well being of the most important reef system on the planet. As PADI Divers, we already know the potential worth of citizen science (Dive Against Debris), and we're excited to mobilize tens of millions of PADI divers to assist the workforce conduct The Great Reef Census. If profitable, it might result in extra tasks of its type during which PADI Divers might take part in-with both fins on or fins off – all of the extra compelling to become involved!
The challenge is split into two levels. Stage 1 (which we discussed in this Torchbearer Q&A) was about working with divers and marine tourism operators to seize photographs of the Nice Barrier Reef. This stage surpassed expectations and the workforce now have hundreds of high quality photographs to evaluate. That is the place you are available…
Stage 2 is about analyzing these photographs. Researchers from the College of Queensland have completed a primary cross at picture evaluation and now they want your assist to ‘full the image’. If the evaluation from each teams is complimentary, then the proof can be thought-about correct and the mannequin may be rolled out the world over, offering real-time status-updates for our most treasured reefs. This may be a massively influential device in establishing larger authorized protections for coral reefs.
Get Concerned: Head to greatreefcensus.org and get analyzing! Be a part of the PADI Torchbearer Group at padi.com/onebillion and keep tuned to the Torchbearer Fb Hub for updates on actions and survey progress.
Be a part of the World’s Largest Marine Protected Space Coalition
“For Each ten giant fish that must be swimming in our oceans, there’s just one at present.” –David Attenborough, How To Save Our Coastal Seas
The We Are One Ocean Coalition’s 30×30 Campaign is an unprecedented coalition to guard 30% of our one ocean by 2030. By coming along with surfers, sailors and over 50+ different water sports activities communities and ocean stakeholders, we're proud to talk as one voice to deal with habitat loss and the marine biodiversity disaster.
By no means earlier than have communities with a shared ardour for the ocean come collectively on this scale to push for prime quality marine protected areas. Each different breath we take comes from the ocean which suggests everybody has a stake within the well being of the ocean, and a task to play in defending it. You don’t must be a diver, surfer or sailor to help this marketing campaign!
We caught up with Reece Pacheco, SVP Ocean Duty at WSL to listen to extra concerning the marketing campaign and the position that divers play as ocean ambassadors. Watch the Q&A here.
Champion Seagrass and Mangrove Restoration
“For years these ecosystems have been thought-about unhealthy breeding grounds for mosquitos, with no worth for society. At the moment, we all know this fragile tangle of life supplies useful ecosystem providers.” – Exequiel Ezcurra, Pure Numbers
The ocean is reaching its carrying capacity, which means we will not depend on its potential to endlessly take in our carbon emissions in the best way we’ve taken without any consideration because the daybreak of the economic period.
Seagrass and mangrove restoration is our secret weapon in prolonging the ocean’s capability for additional carbon uptake and storage. In flip, planting and conserving extra of those habitats buys humanity extra time to develop options that may permit us to scale back our carbon footprint at its supply.
PADI has partnered with The Ocean Foundation to boost the profile of The SeaGrass Grow Program. Whereas reforestation efforts have (rightly) acquired a robust quantity of curiosity and help up to now years, blue carbon ecosystems are but to garner the identical degree of consideration… and that’s fairly loopy contemplating seagrass and mangrove habitats are up to 35x more effective at carbon uptake and storage than the identical sq. footage of Amazon rainforest!
Why? As a result of they develop so quick! The velocity of progress allows these habitats to soak up heaps of carbon that might in any other case linger in our environment or contribute to ocean acidification.
Get Concerned: Work out your carbon footprint with The SeaGrass Grow Carbon Calculator and contemplate offsetting it. When you aren’t able to donate, then use your voice to unfold consciousness of the power of seagrass and mangroves. Subsequent time you guide with PADI Travel, add a SeaGrass Develop donation to your booking. (For those who’re fortunate sufficient to be diving these habitats whereas the remainder of us are in lockdown, please document footage of those magical ecosystems and ship them to us at email@example.com!)