In SDAA’s “Diving Green” issue, we bring you all things eco scuba. From how to travel, to where and how to dive, case studies of destinations that are making a difference, we also address the challenging question of what’s stopping us from making the changes we need to make to protect our oceans. If you want to use your diving to save the seas, this one’s for you.
Question: Would you rather be living in a time some hundreds of years ago when the seas were full and fecund and soupy with fish, but without the gear or techniques that would let you dive them, or, would you rather live in the post- Cousteau era, with the ability to get down there, but with less to see when you do?
Tough call, but there really is possibly no better time to be alive than right now. Why? Because right now we have a chance to be superheroes! But I’m talking more Avengers than Superman: Our power lies in the collective.
It’s old news that the ocean is bearing the brunt of our onslaught on the environment. We know that fish stocks are collapsing, that rising temperatures and acidification are killing our coral reefs, and that our plastic addiction is suffocating the seas.
But at the same time, here we are – a huge community of people who love the ocean, and who are watching, firsthand, as it suffers under our carelessness. And this should make us angry, like the Hulk. And, like the Hulk, we really are strong enough to turn this around when we leverage our combined force.
Divers have already provided an economic incentive that secured huge, nationwide sanctuaries for mantas in Indonesia and sharks in Palau. This collective influence can push things even further: By consistently making the right choices – those that put money and power in the places that are working towards sustainability – we have the ability to change the fate of the ocean and its coasts.
Because, with just a little help from its friends, the ocean can and will and does bounce back. It is amazingly resilient. Once we start diving green and persuading others to do the same, once we decide to be a force for change, we will not only soon be reaping the rewards – teeming oceans for even better diving – but we will also be securing a brighter future for all life on Earth.
Plus it’s actually very easy; it starts with just making the right choices when we go diving.
Who knew being a superhero could be so simple… and so much fun?
EAST ASIA AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
By Bonnie Waycott
Japan’s Yakushima World Heritage Site is not only a lush paradise on land; life is also flourishing in the waters off its coast.
APROPOS OF APO…
By Steve De Neef
From rubble to reef in the Philippines: an island goes from marine devastation to world-class dive destination.
COME FLY WITH ME
Is it possible to jet off on farflung underwater adventures without racking up the carbon footprint?
SIXTEEN OF THE BEST ECO RESORTS IN ASIA PACIFIC
For some of the world’s best diving, why not dive with the people who are making every effort to keep it that way?
OCEAN WATCH: FINNING GREEN
By Chloe Harvey
On the green accreditation for dive operators that has come from nowhere and is set to change the industry.
By Floris Van De Marel and Killian Poolmans
Transforming green intentions into actions could be as easy as reframing the issues.
DIVE LIKE A BOSS
By Alex Griffin
Time to check ourselves before we wreck… the reefs.
OCEANIA: COLLABORATIVE CONSERVATION IN KIMBE
By Justin Gilligan
How a community rallied around a dive operator and set a standard for grass-roots conservation.
PLACES OF PLENTY
A selection of the hundreds of marine protected areas (MPAs) in Asia Pacific, which, as divers, we should have on our radars.
AUSTRALASIA: REEF IN DANGER
By Judith Lowe
The iconic Great Barrier Reef is in crisis, but could declaring the danger be the key to its salvation?
SOUTHEAST ASIA HOW NOW KOH TAO?
By Alex Tyrrell
The scuba community on one of the world’s most dived islands is stepping up and setting an example.