WHAT IS OCEAN LITERACY?
We all know that there are oceans and seas and marvel at their beauty, and almost all of the people on planet earth have enjoyed a fish or other seafood meal at some point in the lives.
But how much do you or your company know about our oceans?
When you pop down to your local supermarket to buy groceries, you take it for granted that the suppliers of your favorite brands have thought about where the packaging ends up.
You get home to unpack the weekly shop and throw the packaging into your bin for the bin men to pick up about once a week.
That's it for most of us. We think that our responsibility ends there - and so it should.
But, the plain fact is that the suppliers of our most enjoyed products use disposable, or single use plastic because it is cheap and makes their brands attractive to their customers.
There is no law to say that food producers cannot package food in disposable plastic and no law to say that retailers cannot sell such goods. They need to make profits for their shareholders - so they are unlikely to want to change practices unless there is a good reason.
Given the current legislative state, the only reason for corporations to want to change is ethics. Not only would corporate bosses want to do something about pollution, but shoppers would also want that - if only they knew about the harm that plastic packaging is doing to marine life.
THE INDEPENDENT HENDERSON ISLAND - Beaches of a remote British island in the South Pacific are littered with an estimated 37.7 million pieces of plastic according to an article in the Independent newspaper. If the producers of all this plastic were ocean literate, as responsible corporations they may well have built in a method of ensuring that such pollution would be less likely.
It does not stop there. Plastic is just one example of the harm we are doing to our environment. Burning fossil fuels is another because it leads to acid rains and a change in ocean chemistry.
Climate change is, of course, a whole other can of worms that is just now starting to be taken seriously by policy makers in most informed countries.
Factory ships that use huge trawl nets that damage the sea floor, take too many fish and leave nets behind, is another example of harm that we are doing to our oceans, contrary to sustainable practices.
All these issue and more are part of what we call being "Ocean Literate."
Once corporations become more ocean literate, we feel sure that they will want to help us and other organizations with similar objectives to start to put things right - and that is where the Miss Ocean "awareness" event comes in.
Blue growth is essential for a healthy economy and to keep pace with the growth in population.
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