Richard Branson – My home, Necker Island, is surrounded by the most beautiful blue seas full of such diverse wildlife. It really is as nature should be – thriving and healthy. But unfortunately, there are other parts of the ocean that are not in such a good state.
It’s terrifying when you read some of the facts: We’re fishing out the ocean at a rate that will leave nothing for our children, and their children; we’re choking it with plastic and other pollution; the ocean is getting hotter and more acidic, and having all sorts of nasty knock-on effects such as coral bleaching.
Like many people, I fell under the spell of the ocean as a child – fishing with my father – and this bond has grown stronger through the years. I snorkel and sail with my own children and grandchildren. But will future generations will be able to do the same? That’s up to us.
The bold announcement from President Modi’s in India to outlaw single use plastics in India by 2022 sets a positive tone for this World Oceans Day.
I really care about the ocean and can’t just sit back and watch it being destroyed. If restoring the ocean to health seems a daunting challenge, we should look below the waves for inspiration. Having had the huge privilege of swimming with magnificent creatures, such as humpback whales, whale sharks, and even getting a kiss from a stingray (not something I recommend), I am in total awe of our underwater world.
That is why I joined the Ocean Elders and why our companies like Virgin Australia have partnered with Greening Australia to invest in preventing sediment run-off that is harming the Great Barrier Reef.
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