They say when an astronaut gets his or her first glimpse of Earth from outer space, it changes their entire life. They see the world in one, stunning vision, see its beauty, its fragility, its uniqueness in the vast emptiness of space and they are transformed into conservationists. Many astronauts afterward dedicate their lives to the health of the planet, its environment, and the people and wildlife that shares this big blue marble. I’m here to tell you SCUBA divers are cut from the same cloth. Many of us, upon entering the watery world of the deep, instantly gain a new perspective of the planet and feel the insatiable desire to conserve what’s there. Yes, we adventurers care about the planet, and here is the proof…
During the summer of 2017, the team of passionate women divers will embark on an epic three-month journey, snorkeling over 3,000 kilometers through frigid arctic seas from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Supported by a mother ship equipped with two rigid hull inflatable boats, the snorkelers will scout and document the impacts of global warming on this fragile arctic ecosystem and on the aboriginal peoples’ traditional ways of life.
In April 2014, six participants (from Australia, Finland, France and Zimbabwe) came together on Gili Trawangan to learn about coral reef conservation and the Biorock(tm) process. Guided by Delphine Robbe of the Gili Eco Trust and Siân Williams of Trawangan Dive, they spent two weeks diving and studying the ecology and biology of coral reefs and their organisms, the importance of coral reefs, the threats facing coral reef ecosystems, coral gardening and more.
Established only a couple of years ago, Dive for Cancer has created a unique identity for itself. They have pioneered a new and exciting way to draw financial aid for cancer research in Australia that has been acknowledged wholly and solely. The seed for Dive for Cancer Day was sown while going through the Cancer Council website which reveals research and efforts in progress to find more realistic cancer detection, prevention and treatment methods. It inspired our though to why not enhance participation in this direction but in a way that would gain instant attention.
Shark dive tourism has exploded in popularity over the past decade. Divers increasingly want to see sharks and are willing to pay well to have close encounters with these charismatic species. For a critically threatened group such as sharks, this is good news. Now there’s more good news for sharks. Rick MacPherson, marine biologist and conservationist had started the new website Sustainable Shark Diving because, “I believe a living shark showcased for tourism over its lifetime is better than a dead shark used once for its fins and meat.” MacPherson hope the free, open access portal for tourists and dive operators will help underscore the value of healthy shark populations to tourism as well as highlight best practices and lessons learned from shark dive operations around the world.
Sources: sednaepic.com | gilis.asia/ | diveforcancer.com.au | divenewswire.com