Be The Ocean is one of our favourite hashtags on social media. As a result, we have decided this month to give it a try. Support iniciatives happening all around the world.
Did you know that 8 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans every year? Unique marine ecosystems and communities, depending on seas for their livelihood, are threatened.
Most of the plastic that ends up in our oceans comes from waste discarded on land or in rivers by 2 billion people that do not have waste collection services. The lack of waste water collection and treatment in many developing cities is another major source of plastic waste… Of course, coastal cities are also up on this list, specially when drainages end up directly in the ocean.
Private iniciatives are teaming up with governments and investors. As a consequence, money and ideas to develop and implement sustainable projects that collect plastics and other waste. Therefore, cleaning waste water before it reaches the ocean is an imperative.
Wow, we seem to be doing great! It is really scary because it means we do not think twice about getting rid of something that annoys us. I never thought we would make these mistakes. Let´s beat the climate change! I know we can do it and put a stop to the disaster. Get going on caring and protecting. We can be a better version of ourselves. Give Nature some love, a chance, and then she can regenerate all by herself.
El Médano is bathed by the Atlantic ocean. Two unique bays, a coast line full of magic. Waves and tides that will own your soul. Golden black sand and wind. Sun and desert. So, please do not forget, every time you pop down to the beach, go hiking, climbing, cycling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving or whatever is your vibe: be tidy, be clean. Teach your kids, certainly they will copy, although I think they may surprise you!
Small revolutions are developing throughout the planet. Last year, Hawaii decided for 2021 banning oxybenzone´s due to toxicity. Remember to check ingredients used in your sun protection. If they are destroying coral reefs, imagine how they disrupt our bodies.
The E.U is also modifying policies and is aiming to support safer and more sustainable consumption and production patterns for plastic. They are really focused on all one-use products.
Start today, therefore be mindful. Our actions have consequences and as individuals we can make a change. Wherever you are, be grateful if you can flush the loo and have clean water.
Finally, help us keep this beautiful island clean. Tenerife is lucky and has a great natural water supply that comes directly from El Teide´s basalt caves. Many reservoirs storing thousands of litres. Funny because maybe you really thought you were in the desert.
We are in trouble but fortunate enough, if we are all on board, it may not be a loosing game