Protection of the Marine and Coastal Environment: the right moves for a sustainable future
Catamaran cruises are simply A-W-E-S-O-M-E! The sun, the sea, the breathtaking landscapes... All this is great, but we need to preserve our environment if we want to keep admiring the many beautiful things Mother Nature has given us, in the near and remote future. On the 8th June, we celebrated World Oceans Day, which was the opportunity to sensitize the public on the importance of marine and coastal conservation.
Marine pollution, illegal fishing and unsustainable aquaculture practices, to name a few, cause a lot of harm to our oceans and hence, to our planet. According to the experts of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Mauritian coasts are being eroded ever since the 60s. They also believe that Mauritius has lost up to 50% of its corals during the past 10 years. If no measure is taken, many of our beaches could disappear by 2050.
[Did you know that corals contain pharmaceutical elements which can help to fight numerous diseases such as asthma, cancer and AIDS?]
This year, as Mauritius celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence, Rogers Group has launched a new campaign called 50 eco-moves for a sustainable future. The aim is to sensitize the public on simple ways to help protect the environment.
Here are 5 eco-friendly tips you could follow when you’re at the beach or in the sea:
1. Reduce your carbon footprint
Do you live just a few steps from the beach? Leave your car in the garage. Walking is actually good for you... and for the planet as well! For those who are not as lucky, why not choose carpooling or public transport? In this way, you’ll create less pollution and you’ll be able to have a good time on the beach without feeling guilty.
2. Use an organic sunscreen
Many sunscreens contain chemical UV blockers that are very harmful to coral reefs. These chemical ingredients lead to the bleaching of the corals and can cause their death. Moreover, avoid using tanning oils as they spread on the water surface, preventing photosynthesis and affecting plankton survival. By opting for an organic sunscreen, thanks to its natural compounds, you make sure that you’re not causing any harm to the environment.
3. Respect marine species
Don’t get too close to the marine species! By touching them, you transmit human germs and make them more prone to contamination.
4. Reduce use of plastic
Bring a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic one to prevent littering.
5. Bring a biodegradable garbage bag or a basket
Don’t bury your trash in the sand. Bring an empty basket or a biodegradable garbage bag into which you’ll be able to put all your litter. Before leaving, verify that you have collected all the waste, especially cigarette butts, as they release toxic substance that is particularly harmful to marine life.
So, we can count on you to help us preserve our oceans and coasts, right? And if you haven’t yet heard about the campaign #Ispeakbluetoo, just type it on social media. All you have to do is write your name on a piece of paper, note down your spoken languages and conclude by “and I speak blue too”. Post your photo online and voilà! Don’t wait any longer, join the movement!