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Help Save our Oceans

How can we help save our oceans?

With our oceans in ever-increasing trouble, Divecompare.com are helping with the plastic clean up, and you can too…

A global crisis: stop the “plastic soup”

Right now, it’s estimated that up to 12 million metric tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year. 

With a truckload of trash going into our ecosystem every 60 seconds, to join the 160 tonnes that is approximated to already exist in the seas around the globe, the current plastic situation should be considered a global crisis.

Our oceans are slowly turning into a plastic soup, and the effects on ocean life are chilling. 

Discarded plastic fishing lines trap and entangle turtles and seabirds, and plastic pieces of all sizes choke and clog the stomachs of creatures who mistake it for food, from tiny zooplankton to the majestic whales.  Over 700 species of animals are affected right now, because of the sheer levels of needless plastics waste in our waters. 

Plastic is now entering every level of the ocean food chain and is even ending up in the seafood on our plates.

Plastic Stats & Figures 2019

  • Plastic waste can be found on shorelines and beaches all over the world, even in places where no humans live, plastic pollution has found its way there.
SOURCE OCEANSOCIETY.ORG
  • Plastic is not biodegradable and it does not degrade quickly enough. Since we’ve been polluting our planet with plastics, there are now an estimated 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces combined just infecting our wildlife and poisoning the ecosystem in the open oceans. This is estimated to weigh around 269,000 tonnes.
SOURCE SAS.ORG.UK
  • Plastic is causing so many unwanted deaths to the marine life with over 100,000 mammals and turtles and 1,000,000 birds are killed each year by plastic pollution
SOURCE NOPLASTICOCEANS.COM
  • Over 90% of seabirds have plastics in their stomachs 
SOURCE PNSA.ORG 
  • 1 in 3 marine life species has been found entangled in plastic
SOURCE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
  • Nearly half of all plastic ever manufactured has been made since 2000
SOURCE: ROLAND GEYER, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA
  • Less than a fifth of all plastic is recycled globally.
SOURCE: ROLAND GEYER, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA
  • About 8 per cent of the world’s oil production is used to make plastic and power the manufacturing of it. That figure is projected to rise to 20 per cent by 2050.
SOURCE: WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Our ecosystems are in danger and are becoming more and more fragile each day, meaning our food, water, and even air supplies will ultimately come under threat. 

But it doesn’t have to continue this way... 

What can we do?

Travelling its way around the planet on vast ocean currents, plastic is now turning up in every corner of our planet, from Florida beaches to uninhabited Pacific islands. It is even being found trapped in Arctic ice. With this amount of plastic already out there, it’s important we avoid adding to it in any way we can.

Sustainable changes

Small changes we make to our lifestyle and our purchasing behaviour could make a big difference over time.

  • Avoid buying single-use or throw away plastic
  • Buy a bottle for life and refill
  • Try and find shops that use recyclable packaging only
  • Find toiletries that do not use plastic for packaging
  • Use biodegradable plastic alternatives like hemp for your shopping “bag for life”

Just making a few small changes in your life can make a huge difference, with momentum, we can change the world for the better. 

Some new Scuba rules

As part of a new campaign to get all our scuba divers and scuba instructors to police the plastic, we ask that if you’re venturing out on a scuba holiday, you remember to live and dive by these rules.

How to “Police the plastic”

  • Pick it up - if you see litter anywhere, make the effort to pick it up or it will most likely end up in the sea
  • Don’t drop - always put your plastics in a bin or in your bag until you find a bin 
  • Rally up - encourage your friends to take part and police the plastic together  
  • Stop buying - try not to buy anything with single-use plastic packaging

 Book to Dive & Help Save our Oceans

By booking your scuba diving trip with Divecompare.com you are instantly contributing to saving our oceans. We’re partnering up with anti-plastic publicists, plastic alternative business owners and plastic clear up experts and will use part of your booking fee to go towards the save our oceans campaigns.

We are calling on big corporations to act to reduce their plastic footprint and stop producing plastic packaging that is designed to be used once, then thrown away.

We’re also working hard to address other serious threats facing our oceans. Unsustainable industrial fishing is destroying habitats and endangering countless species. Climate change and ocean acidification, both the result of our reliance on fossil fuels, are having more and more extreme impacts on ocean health.

Scientists say the wave of extinction facing the ocean in the coming century could be the worst since the dinosaur age. If we don’t change the way we do things, and fast, we are on track to cause irreversible damage to the ocean and the collapse of some of the most important food sources in the world.

Fortunately, if we work together, we are within reach of a world that respects our oceans, their inhabitants and the people who depend on them. 

So book your next scuba diving trip with us, and share your anti-plastic pick up photos on social media @divecompare using #policetheplastic.

Let’s see what we can achieve together and protect what we love!