Protecting Our Oceans
Next week is a very significant week for ocean protection and sustainability. World government ministers, ocean advocates, observers, scientists and business leaders are all coming together to identify solutions for a healthier ocean. And it’s all happening in Bali.
Paul Strike, Fourth Element’s MD and co-founder has a busy, but vitally important week ahead…
Global Ghost Gear Initiative Annual Meeting, Bali.
Thurs 25th / Fri 26th October.
International members of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative will be evaluating the way forward for keeping our seas free from ghost nets and protecting the lives of millions of marine animals. GGGI is supported by 80 organisations across 50 countries including representatives from industry, government, academia, charities and NGO’s. Members include PADI, World Animal Protection, Project Aware and Ghost Fishing.
Fourth Element is working at the forefront of the GGGI, with our MD Paul Strike a member of the Steering Committee having spent the last two years chairing the Solutions working group.
“Dive Against Debris” Clean-up Dive, Bali
Sat 27th October
Between meetings, representatives from World Animal Protection, GGGI, Project Aware and Fourth Element have elected to spend their “day off” doing a clean up dive. They will be collecting and removing any discarded marine waste or debris including ghost nets, plastic, and any objects that threaten the natural marine environment.
There are going to be approx twenty divers and snorkelers cleaning a portion of the Samir reef, off Samawang beach, with others conducting a beach clean in the same area.
Our Oceans Conference, Bali
Mon 29th / Tues 30th October
The theme of this year’s Our Ocean Conference is Our Ocean, Our Legacy, reflecting our choices and actions to maintain the sustainability of the oceans’ resources and to preserve the ocean’s health. The oceans are under immense pressure due to adverse impact of human activities. Marine pollution, bleaching coral reefs, raising sea temperature, and unsustainable fishing continues to occur.
Invited by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia, Paul will be representing Fourth Element in discussions that will highlight sustainable, ecological and economic approaches to protecting and restoring the ocean.
Participants will be announcing their commitments during the conference, contributing towards global efforts to preserve the oceans’ health. Paul will be presenting our own pledge, which will build on our commitment in 2017 to eliminate single use plastic from the packaging of all our products and to incorporate more recycled plastic yarns in our product line. Watch this space for details!
“This conference will gather the commitments from cross sectors to find the best solutions for a healthier ocean. No matter who you are, no matter where you live, ocean is an important part of our life. It is our shared responsibility to protect our ocean,” Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, Indonesia
OUR OCEANS AND MICROPLASTICS
Earlier this month, research took place on the Elysium Epic Expedition to to survey key areas of the Coral Triangle to assess microplastic pollution levelling a region which has previously been thought of as relatively unpolluted. This research, led by principal scientist Charlotte Young, was sponsored by Fourth Element and the preliminary results will be presented at the Our Oceans Conference by Dr Sylvia Earle in her keynote presentation “Leaving Legacy for Tomorrow”.