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Plastic has become an everyday feature in our lives. We go to the local coffee shop and get a cup of coffee with a plastic lid, we sip out of our plastic water bottle throughout the day and carry our groceries home in plastic bags. Fifty percent of the plastic we use is used once and thrown away. Now times this by the 7 billion people that live on this earth.
A lot of this plastic ends up in our decreasingly beautiful oceans. Eighty percent of the litter found in our oceans comes from the land, and most of this is plastic waste. The Projects Abroad Conservation Project in Thailand has found extensive evidence on this through their beach clean-ups and Dives Against Debris.
The aim of the beach clean ups and Dive Against Debris is to remove the rubbish from the beaches around the Krabi province and local islands, and dive sites surrounding Ao Nang and Koh Phi Phi. The data is collected and analysed to show the impact that litter has on coastal environments and coral reefs. The results that have been found during one year, from September 2013 to September 2014, from the 3 120.1kg of rubbish collected from coastlines and 456.1kg that was collected in diving sites, most of the items found were plastic.
Plastic is not something that will just decompose; it takes 500 to 1 000 years for plastic to break down. While this is happening, and after, it is plaguing the ocean and marine life. One million seabirds and 100 000 marine mammals are killed every year from plastic in the oceans. Sea turtles and a growing number of fish species have been found with plastic surrounding their bodies or plastic in their systems. If you’re thinking, ‘This doesn’t affect me,’ you’re very wrong. Plastic is entering the food chain. ...
Scuba diving in the ocean is like entering a different world, one with ship wrecks and life that one doesn’t see every day. In this new realm, there are things you should keep in mind so that it doesn’t get the better of you.
1) Your equipment needs to fit you snugly. A too-tight mask that cuts off your circulation or loose flippers that keep falling off could make your diving experience an unpleasant one. So, make sure your mask, fins and snorkel fits you properly.
2) Study! Reading the material and making sure you understand it is crucial in being prepared for your dive as there are risks that could be encountered.
3) There are many small steps involved. You cannot don your equipment and jump into the ocean as soon as you decide your want to dive. When you begin, your first dive will be in either a pool or very shallow water, a place where you will be able to stand. This is so that you can get used to the equipment before going too deep.
4) Being underwater is not the calmest of places! During your first few dives, you’ll notice that your breathing can be very noisy. Once you become accustomed to it, you won’t notice it anymore. Sound waves travel a lot quicker underwater. It will seem like all sounds are coming from above your head when you are diving; but don’t worry, you will soon adjust to this.
5) Being an excellent swimmer or a bad swimmer does not make a difference. Whilst diving, your legs do most of the work, not your arms (they are practically useless underwater). You use your legs to propel you – this is where flippers in handy. Even though you don’t need to be an amazing swimmer to ...
In honor of International Day of Disaster Reduction on October 13th, volunteers make a comic book to raise awareness in the young kids about disaster created by human. The short story presents the contrast images of advance technology made available by human and the sick earth planet harmed by human.
Highlight from community team
Community volunteers are now road showing from one to another school in Krabi area.
Generally, each day volunteers begin their days with warm up activity before the English and art and crafts sessions. Recently, they had a great day with high school students teaching basic vocab. The highlight of the day was the activity during the ice breaking which is called "Human Chain".
The children learn English for tourism and craft work at our 4 stations where they learn 3 main topics; transport and direction, food and restaurant, tourist attraction. The last station is craft. They made a bag and painted it with English words on the side “Keep Calm and Speak English”.
They will be able to use this bag later as a shopping bag or for their school. It should help at least decrease the usage of plastic bags and be more environmental friendly.
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My fundraising page gives a general insight of the Diving & Marine Conservation project I'm going to be embarking on. If you could all share this and maybe have a look at the page,I'd be so grateful. If anyone is thinking of sponsoring me or wants to help in some way please let me know. Whether it's helping out in the littliest of ways,I thank you in advance!