A couple years ago, I had the pleasure of teaching a young couple to dive in Thailand on one of my favorite reefs. Weather conditions were perfect, with mild currents and excellent visibility of the stunning topography and bright, vivid corals. Even through the regulator, I could see the smiles on my students’ faces.
We love it when businesses, especially big ones, decide to change their policies to reduce their impact on the planet. In fact, encouraging them to do so is part of why we exist! But sometimes, businesses seem to forget that when they make these promises, they have to actually follow through with genuine, sustained action.
A few weeks ago, Australia took a huge step forward in the fight to protect our oceans from plastic pollution. After enormous public pressure, community organising and hard-hitting campaigning, Australian supermarket giants, Coles and Woolworths both announced – on the same day – that they would ban single-use plastic bags in 2018. An amazing testament to people power.
Last Friday 28/07, state and territory environment ministers met in Melbourne. Plastic pollution was on the agenda - and there was a great deal of hope that NSW and Victoria would finally join the movement to ban single-use plastic bags.
Australia is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world - white sand, long stretches of coastline and breathtaking backdrops. But when you're daydreaming of the Great Ocean Road or Bondi Beach, do you include floating plastic debris in your picture-perfect visions?