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World’s largest scuba diver organization aims to restore ocean health and support coastal communities globally, driven by local efforts In celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8, PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) today announced the creation of PADI AWARE Foundation. The non-profit public charity is dedicated to driving local action for global ocean conservation. The new PADI AWARE Foundation shares PADI’s mission to expand advocacy and achieve critical ocean conservation goals in the years ahead. Leveraging PADI’s vast membership network of Mission Hubs across the world, the PADI AWARE Foundationä will operate as an independent non-profit organization supported by the PADI® brand and organization. In support of PADI’s mission to create one billion PADI Torchbearers to explore and protect the ocean, the new foundation will build citizen-led conservation and activism programs, as well as expand current ones, to address key ocean threats,…

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We’re hosting a One Planet Virtual Open Day on Saturday 19 June 2021. Join us online to honour the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and learn how you can contribute. You’ll learn all about our ecosystem restoration projects and why this type of work is so important today. Some of the topics we will cover include: “Why habitat loss is the biggest threat to wildlife conservation?” and “How coral farming and transplantation help with coral reef health recovery.” We’ll be joined by experts in the fields of sustainable conservation and ethical community development, as well as staff from two…

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Each month’s webinar features experts on a topic related to abandoned and derelict vessels. The goal of the series is to share perspectives from across the country on common issues arising from abandoned and derelict vessels, in hopes to help communities better deal with them. The webinar speakers are specialists from federal, state, and local governments; nongovernmental organizations; universities; and industry, and will discuss topics about communications, funding, policy, and successes and challenges under blue skies and hurricane conditions. We welcome attendance from anyone with an interest in abandoned and derelict vessels, particularly local, state, and federal agencies; tribal entities;…

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Photo via Facebook Shark Fin Win! On May 10, 2021, the culmination of years of lobbying by Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation, a significant shake-up of UK shark fin trade laws became a reality. The official news that the government is set to ban the import and export of shark fins erupted in celebratory cheers at Bite-Back HQ. From the moment Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation first revealed the loophole in the law that allowed anyone to carry 20kg of shark fins into our borders, to the series of behind-the-scenes meetings with Lord Zac Goldsmith and DEFRA, the announcement is…

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Join us online on 22 May to honour immersive and meaningful travel experiences. As the world is reopening, we’ll be talking about all the things we miss about meaningful travel, from feeling the sun on our skin to learning from local leaders. Find out what memories previous participants have made, the environmental and social impact our program managers oversee on the ground and, most importantly, how you can still travel this year. Talks on the day will cover our mission, our goals, our impact, career development with GVI, general volunteering with GVI, and our online courses. Our field staff from…

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Over recent weeks, there has been speculation about the possibility of the Maldivian government lifting the ban on shark fishing in the country’s waters. PADI®, and the dive industry at large, were instrumental in establishing these protections over a decade ago. With concern for the continued protection of sharks in the Maldives, the PADI organization and Project AWARE®, along with 200 concerned local and international stakeholders opposing the lifting of the shark fishing ban, called on the government to continue to enforce the legal protections of sharks. PADI staff met with Maldivian Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources, and Agriculture Zaha Waheed to reinforce…

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Bright Green Lies will be making its live streaming premiere on April 22, 2021. The Scuba News Canada published an article about this film by Canadian Julia Barnes in May 2020. “When I picture a worst-case scenario for the future it is one where solar, wind and hydro proliferate. Rather than seeing these technologies as solutions to our environmental problems, I see them as a way of prolonging the lifespan of an empire, powering this destructive culture and allowing industrial humans to continue their exploitation a little bit longer.”From Bright Green Lies At The Scuba News Canada by Julia Barnes…

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The local dive community are one big family here in Amed, in East Bali. Amed is a jewel that some new divers or people wanting to learn to dive might not know about. The pandemic has hit Bali hard, with tourism being the major source of income for the island (60% comes from Australia). When the tourists left, the money dried up very quickly. Balinese culture is steeped in tradition, caring for your fellow villagers and extended family members is instinctive. In the midst of the pandemic it was evident that the Balinese spirit would not be dampened . While…

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Every year, we countdown to Earth Hour, the biggest environmental movement in the world. Started in 2007 by WWF and partners, it was a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney to call attention to climate change. Now, millions of people worldwide participate by taking one iconic action together: switching off the lights. Held every year on the last Saturday of March, it continues to be a symbol of hope, unity and a commitment to protect nature. This year’s Earth Hour is March 27th at 8:30pm your local time. READ 8 GREAT WHITE Ways for Eco-Divers to Spend Earth Hour at Home With over…

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The new National Geographic Disney+ original series, executive produced by James Cameron, takes audiences deep into the heart of whale culture, allowing them to witness the remarkable communication abilities and complex social systems of five distinct whale species. This amazing, revealing, and emotional tale, told by Sigourney Weaver and featuring the extensive knowledge and expertise of acclaimed National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Brian Skerry, is an epic, revealing, and emotional story that very few have been fortunate enough to witness; until now. Showings – select to order tickets: Available March 25, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Watch now in our online…

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