No matter where you live, you are directly affected by the health of our oceans. Our own personal health and livelihoods are interconnected with the wellbeing of the oceans. Tourism is just one of manyindustries that are dependent on the oceans for economic gain. In partnership with G Adventures, and supported by thousands of travellers across the world, Planeterra has been able to support organizations around the world that specialize in protecting the health of our oceans. Planeterra has invested nearly CAD $400,000 into these programs over the last six years through the Ocean Health Fund.
Protecting fragile ecosystems
The flora and fauna that fill our planet play a unique role in creating once-in-a-lifetime tourism experiences. The following programs work to support fragile ecosystems of different species while improving the overall health of our oceans.
Three hundred million tons of plastic are produced every year, yet only 5% of those plastics are recycled. Deep waters, coral reefs, beaches and intertidal zones are all vulnerable to this influx of trash. Identifying and implementing solutions to this problem requires expanded education about the magnitude and spatial extent of marine debris, as well as a global initiative to act.
Collecting reliable and accurate data of our oceans’ health is crucial to monitor its conditions and the effects of anthropogenic impacts and climate change. Planeterra’s programs globally aim not only to address short term threats to the oceans, but also to generate reliable data that can inform decisions for a sustainable future.