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There is simply no time to lose. Our planet is warming at an alarming rate, and human activity is the major cause. International scientists warn that we must reduce our emissions to avoid the brutal impacts of climate change. Without action, our oceans will lose more than 17% of all marine life by 2100 and sea levels will continue to rise with devastating effect.
The decisions we make today are critical in ensuring a clean and sustainable world for everyone. Urgent action is required by governments, corporations and individuals. While this can seem overwhelming and it’s easy to think that one person can’t make a difference, the truth is we can.
These are some of the actions we take in our daily lives to make a difference, and to help keep our oceans abundant and our planet thriving. We hope you will find some inspiration here too, and travel The Blue Path with us. Fins up!
Balancing Act – A Stable Lifestyle In An Unstable World
In 1982, a film was released that defied conventional cinema. There was no plot, no characters and no dialogue, with only a visual narrative. “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance” described a world where nature, humanity and technology are at odds against each other, with no clear winner – only losers. Nearly four decades later, not much has changed. If anything, competition has become fiercer and the stakes higher. This competition can be translated to our daily lives and lifestyle in general. In a sense, we are microcosms of the greater world. If we are to have a world that [...]
Free And Easy – The Fallacy Of The Free Market
Unicorns, like free markets, don’t exist. In high-school, we learn about Adam Smith’s free-market economy - an “invisible hand” guiding the “reasonable man”. However, upon closer inspection it becomes evident that the “invisible hand” is nothing more than marketing departments and corrupt politicians. And, the “reasonable man” is under-educated and immature. “In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only ‘the expedient exaggeration.’" - Roger Thornhill (North By Northwest) Fat and Sugar It is why advertising and marketing mean the same thing. As a result, the “invisible hand” guides the “reasonable [...]
Rethinking Plastic – Life In The Polymer Age
We wouldn’t get far in our day without it. Although it has only been around for less than a hundred years, its ubiquity compels our dependency on it. The vast majority of products manufactured today include it in some form or another, if they aren’t made out of it entirely. It is lightweight, durable, versatile, convenient and cheap. Human civilization has moved from the Stone Age, to the Copper and Bronze Ages, and finally to the Iron Age. For the last century, however, we have been living in the Plastic Age, and plastic pollution is now plaguing the planet. [...]
Veganism and Vegetarians – Let Your Conscience Be Your Food Guide
We are not vegans, but we have been eating a plant-based diet for nearly twenty years. Our reasons for this have been based on health and moral concerns. Study after study show that meat consumption leads to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and obesity, among other diseases. And, the horrible treatment of animals in the mass production of meat products is well-documented. Thirty years ago, those who cared enough to learn of such matters knew about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, the most biodiverse habitat on the planet, to make way for cattle ranches. [...]
The Zen Of Blowing Bubbles – Yoga And Scuba Diving
My heart is pounding, my body is shaking and my mind is racing. I’m terrified … but of what? Jumping into the ocean - something I had done countless times before. So, why am I so afraid this time? It is our first day scuba diving and due to a mix up at the dive shop scheduling PADI open water courses, we find ourselves kitted up and jumping in the water before receiving any classroom instruction. For some reason this scares me. Shouldn’t I at least have something beyond basic theory before jumping in with both feet – literally? With [...]