"What will you do to the protect the ocean?" That was the call from the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, earlier in the year. It's a call for collaboration. A call on governments, business leaders and individuals to work together and tackle the many problems our ocean faces.
This October 5-6, over 400 political, academic and civil society figures as well as industry, philanthrophy and nonprofit leaders will meet in Chile for the Our Ocean 2015 conference. On the agenda? Illegal fishing, marine plastic pollution, ocean acidification and climate change.
Project AWARE will be there to bring the scuba diver voice to this international conference. We'll urge for measurable solutions to the marine debris crisis and demonstrate how our dive community protects the ocean from trash.
So what do scuba divers do to protect our ocean? Perhaps a better question to ask is what don't we do. We're citizen scientists, educators, philanthropists and advocates. We're united together under a common passion, respect and desire to protect our ocean.
Throughout September and into October, Project AWARE brings together the global dive community once again as we launch our Beneath The Waves campaign. You can join us. Over the next 30 days share your personal photographs of underwater trash. Together we can highlight the international, trans-boundary issue of marine debris, an issue that needs urgent attention and solutions.
Divers see firsthand the devastating impact rubbish can cause on ocean wildlife. With more than 1 in 10 species affected by marine debris threatened with extinction, our actions to protect are more urgently needed than ever before.