Hurawalhi’s Earth Day Message26 Apr 2018
On Sunday 22nd April, the Prodivers team and guests of Hurawalhi Maldives dived and snorkelled to join the largest civic-focused day of action in the world – Earth Day! The campaign for Earth Day 2018 was ‘End Plastic Pollution’.
Plastics are a substance the earth cannot digest which, when coupled with the estimated 8 million tonnes of it entering our oceans is very bad news. Plastics not only threaten marine life through entanglement, ingestion and habitat disruption, but their ability to absorb chemicals and accumulate in the human food chain has also led to plastics negatively affecting human health.
So, instead of diving with sharks or snorkelling with manta rays, the 48th Earth Day saw Hurawalhi staff and guests dive and snorkel for debris instead! They were let loose to clean up as much plastic and rubbish as they could find on a nearby reef. Whilst they may have made only the tiniest dent in removing some of the debris currently be in our oceans, every action counts.
There are so many simple ways to reduce plastic consumption in our day-to-day lives, here are some of the tips our Marine Biologist, Kirsty, shared with the volunteers this Earth Day:
- 1. Refrain from using plastic straws, even in restaurants. If a straw is a must, purchase a reusable one
- 2. Forget the plastic bag. Purchase a reusable produce bag and be sure to wash them often
- 3. Give up gum. Chewing gum is made of a synthetic rubber, i.e. plastic
- 4. Ditch bottles for boxes. Often, products like laundry detergent come in cardboard which is more easily recycled than plastic
- 5. Leave the single-use plastic bottles on the shelf. Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages, even when ordering from a to-go shop
- 6. Don’t buy foods in plastic containers e.g. berries, tomatoes etc. Ask your local grocer to take your plastic containers back
- 7. Disregard the disposable nappy. Use cloth nappies to reduce your baby’s carbon footprint and save money
- 8. Stop purchasing single-serving products. Buy bulk items instead and pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags
- 9. Refuse to buy disposable razors and toothbrushes. Purchase replaceable blades instead and toothbrushes made out of wood
- 10. Abstain from buying frozen foods. Even though those that appear to be packaged in cardboard are coated with a thin layer of plastic, plus you’ll be eating fewer processed foods
A great quote from Marine Biologist, Sylvia Earle, sums up perfectly the importance of looking after the ocean:
‘No water, no life. No blue, no green’