Updated: May 9
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22nd, that highlights the importance of protecting our planet and promoting environmental awareness. With climate change and other environmental issues affecting the earth, it's important that we all take action to preserve our natural resources.
The ocean is an integral part of the earth's ecosystem, and climate change has had a significant impact on it. Rising sea levels, warming temperatures, and increased acidity are just a few examples of how climate change is affecting our water planet.
As Scuba divers we have the unique opportunity to witness the impact on the aquatic environment firsthand, and can help raise awareness about the importance of protecting the oceans, lakes and rivers.
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and beautiful ecosystems in the world, but they are also among the most threatened. Climate change, overfishing, and pollution are just a few of the factors that are contributing to the decline of coral reefs. We can help monitor and protect these important ecosystems by participating in reef surveys and reporting any damage we observe.
As Scuba divers we can make a difference by participating in underwater and beach cleanups. Sadly, plastic pollution is a major problem in our oceans, and it's estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. By joining or organizing a cleanup, we can help remove harmful debris from the ocean and prevent it from causing further damage to marine life. By logging and reporting the debris collected we can help to monitor the impact that society has on the environment and help with future environmental policy decisions.
We can also be mindful by practicing sustainable diving practices. This includes following responsible diving guidelines, such as avoiding contact with marine life, not disturbing the seabed, using environmentally-friendly sunscreen, disposing of litter correctly and reducing our use of single use plastics. By doing so, we can minimize our impact on the environment and help protect the marine ecosystem for future generations.
Let's become advocates for marine conservation, by sharing our experiences and knowledge of the underwater world to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the oceans and inspire others to take action.
This Earth Day, let's all make a commitment to taking action to protect our planet and its precious resources.