Celebrating World Oceans Day 2021
‘No water, no life.’ – Sylvia Earle
June 8th 2021 marks an important day worldwide – World Oceans Day. This year the United Nations theme, The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods sheds a light on the wonder of the ocean and how it is our life source supporting humanity and every organism on Earth. World Oceans Day was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and later recognised by the United Nations in 2008.
The International day supports the implementation of worldwide sustainable development goals and is a way to celebrate the ocean and to raise awareness about important ways people can help to protect it.
The ocean shapes the earths chemistry. It is the blue heart of the planet containing 97% of the earths water and producing at least 50% of the planets oxygen. The ocean is home to most of earth’s biodiversity. Humanity’s interconnectivity to the ocean is core to our identities, cultures, and ways of life. In the words of the legendary Sylvia Earle, “with every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea.” A healthy ocean is a critical part of the solution to climate change and the environment crises that we face today. A healthy ocean is not just an option – it is a necessity.
Villa Hotels and Resorts believe in the power of change and raising awareness for future generations. We recognise the collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature and pledge support for environmental protection and ocean preservation. Caring for the ocean is priority and raising awareness for future generations is key to preserving the blue heart of our planet. Celebrating Ocean’s Day serves as a conscious reminder of how fragile our ocean is and how important it is to raise awareness and to protect it.
As part of Villa Hotels continuous pledge to help protect our natural environment, all of our Maldives resorts donate plastic for recycling as part of the partnership with Parley for the Oceans – an organisation addressing major threats towards our oceans and fighting for environmental protection through recycling initiatives and global projects. In addition, all Villa Hotels have introduced reusable glass bottles throughout the resorts and on dive excursions as part of the pledge to eliminate plastic on the islands. DiveOceanus at Royal Island is Villa Hotels first 95% paperless dive centre with all training material, administration forms and material provided to guests digitally.
Every small action makes a big change. Some small steps that we can all take on a daily basis to work towards a better future include reducing plastic consumption by switching to reusable bags and bottles, recycling as much as you can, reducing your carbon footprint by walking more instead of driving and always making a conscious effort to leave places better than you found them. Get involved where you can, volunteering to help organisations carrying out research and activities can be a powerful way to make a change and protect the natural environment.
Joining the worldwide movement for the protection of the ocean, Villa Hotels are supporting the 30×30 nature petition to help protect 30% of the planets land and ocean by 2030. We encourage our readers around the world to sign the petition to call on world leaders to protect our planet and our future.