More than 20 years ago, a group of environmental advocates at the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) founded Project AWARE. They were deeply concerned about emerging threats to the underwater world.
For two decades Project AWARE’s mission was to educate divers about emerging ocean issues and encourage participation in underwater conservation activities. More than 1000 dive operators and countless dive volunteers committed to marine protection efforts worldwide.
Today, Project AWARE is doing more. On World Oceans Day, June 8th 2011, Project AWARE flipped the switch on an unprecedented global movement of divers acting in their own communities to protect oceans. We support a movement for divers around the world to combine efforts--online and offline--for positive and long-lasting environmental change.
The new Project AWARE is dedicated to supporting YOU, AWARE divers, as ocean protectors. We’ll help you boost your dive plans to protect the ocean with helpful online tools and resources; online petitions that influence global environmental policies; and providing online data collection systems for gathering key data about the state of oceans.
We hope you’ll join Project AWARE and thousands of divers in protecting our ocean--one dive at a time.
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The Plastic Ocean Project in the United States of America is one of Project AWARE's Ocean Action Project winners. Aimed at tackling marine debris and raising awareness about plastics in particular, the Plastic Ocean Project has been touring around schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with their art exhibit "What Goes Around Comes Around". The display is made up of plastics collected from the 3 of the 5 gyres - check out what they've been up to and show your support if they come to an area near you. Great work guys!