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The Green Fins Award recognises the world’s most environmentally friendly dive centres The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – is delighted to announce the winners of the coveted 2020 Green Fins Award are: Bubbles Dive Centre, Pulau Perhentian, Malaysia,Flora Bay Divers, Pulau Perhentian, MalaysiaAnd Tioman Dive Centre, Pulau Tioman, Malaysia The prestigious annual award recognises the Green Fins member with the lowest environmental impact. This year, competition was so tight there was not one, but three winners all tied in first place. What’s more, all three of the winners and seven of the global top…

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A broadcaster recounts his life, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth, to grieve the loss of wild places and offer a vision for the future. Starring: David Attenborough The celebrated naturalist focuses on both the defining moments of his career and the devastating changes he has witnessed in this special feature documentary, titled David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet. The film, coming to Netflix in October 2020, tackles some of the biggest problems facing life on our planet, offering a snapshot of the loss of global nature in a single lifetime. A clear message of hope for…

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This project aims to change students’ behavior and societies’ mindset concerning climate change and environmental threats through educacation. The Climate Action project is launched in October 2020 for the fourth consecutive time involving 1 to 10 million students across 107 countries. It is supported by governments in 15 countries. The project is free, student-centered and aims to lead to a change of behavior through education. It is in collaboration with WWF and NASA, and endorsed by Jane Goodall, President Higgins, Kumi Naidoo, scientists and public figures. It was covered by media across 45 countries including BBC, CNN and National Geographic. The Webinar – 5th November 2020…

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Join Reef-World and a panel of industry experts at the first ever Scuba.Digital for an open discussion on green tourism and how this might be shaped by a post-corona world. The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – is pleased to invite its supporters to its Sustainable Diving event on the main stage of Scuba.Digital 2020 (3pm BST on Friday 23 October 2020). At this virtual Q&A, members of the public will hear from industry leaders about the steps they’re taking towards sustainability, particularly in light of the current pandemic.  The Covid-19 pandemic has changed plans and…

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This is a month-long celebration of sharks, some of the ocean’s most beautiful, mysterious, misunderstood, and endangered species, and to the idea that we have the power to reverse the decline of these important species. Hosts Dr. Sylvia Earle and oceanographer Liz Taylor will talk about sharks and their role in the ocean’s natural order. Each town hall will be open to text and call-in questions for conversations with the hosts and guests. DIVE IN – SHARKTOBER Episode (October 15, 2020) – Shark Stewards’ David McGuire in a conversation with Sylvia and Liz, on his impassioned mission to save the shark species.…

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A large marine cephalopod belonging to the genus Enteroctopus is the giant North Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini, formerly also called Octopus apollyon). The North Pacific Octopus calls the coastal waters of the North Pacific, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alaska, Russia, Japan, and the Korean Peninsulas home. It can be found in water as deep as 2,000 m (6,600 ft) from the intertidal zone (ocean meets the land between high and low tides) and is best adapted to cold, oxygen-rich water. Based on a scientific record of a 71 kg (156 lb) individual weighed live, it is the largest octopus…

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PADI® and the Project AWARE® team are joining forces to empower people everywhere to carry the torch for ocean protection with the third annual AWARE Week. Taking place 19-27 September 2020, AWARE Week will encourage the global dive community to lead or take part in conservation activities and courses for a clean and healthy ocean. AWARE Week will provide opportunities to support ocean health, fins off and fins on, in a variety of ways so anyone can get involved in whatever capacity they can during these times. The week will emphasize PADI’s Torchbearer 5 framework – five key goals to guide community…

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The world’s oceans face a myriad of threats: Worldwide, coral reefs are being irreparably damaged. Species of marine life are disappearing at an unprecedented rate. Conservation of the marine ecosystem is at a delicate point, and there is no group better placed for the advocacy of marine protection than scuba divers. Why is it our responsibility? Regardless of our role in the dive industry, whether that be as the operator, the dive professional or the guest – we are lucky to experience the joy and beauty of the underwater world. With this joy comes a responsibility to protect and conserve.…

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DarkTyde, a new British divewear brand aimed at eco-conscious divers on a budget has been launched with a unique manufacturing and sales model. When an order is placed via DarkTyde’s website it is sent direct to a print-to-order service managed by sustainable clothing group Rapanui. The manufacturer then produces and fulfils the order directly to the customer, virtually eliminating manufacturer-to-retailer carbon emissions. DarkTyde’s entire TShirt and hoodie range is made from 100% certified organic cotton and made with all-renewable energy. The brand’s eco-credentials even stretch to shipping all products in zero plastic packaging and offering a recycling facility for when…

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Reef-World has been shortlisted as a finalist in 2020’s Con X Tech Prize to help develop this digital sustainability solution The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of Green Fins in partnership with the UN Environment Programme – is delighted to announce it has officially been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2020 Con X Tech Prize. The Con X Tech Prize provides opportunities for seed funding to anyone, anywhere to turn their bold new ideas for conservation into reality. The current round of the Con X Tech Prize attracted 167 submissions from around the world – including Uganda, Malaysia, Cameroon, the Philippines, Brazil, & more…

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