Unfortunately, in the various regions of our blue planet, we had to find out again and again how bad things are for our planet. From coral bleaching to ghost nets, from invasive fish species to tons of garbage. Our hours in the water and in nature have already revealed a lot to us. Since we love the unique underwater world, we would like to preserve it for others and future generations as well. That is why sustainability and the protection of our waters are very important to us. For this reason, we try to get involved as much as we can, we do continous education and we also focus on sustainable living and diving in our courses.
So far, however, a very neglected topic is the footprint of the internet. The internet causes as much CO2 annually as global air traffic. And the trend is increasing. It is precisely for this reason that we have made a conscious decision to design our website to be sustainable and with a minimal carbon footprint. In addition to green hosting, this also includes a CO2 footprint of just 0.15g per website visitor. On average, traditional websites have a footprint of 4g per website visitor. In addition, with the creation of this website, 1m2 blossom sponsorship was acquired for life. If you want to know more about sustainable web development and blooming sponsorships, take a look at it bienen web solutions. Many thanks at this point also to the it bienen team for creating the page.
Every year 5,000-10,000 new ghost nets or network fragments land in the Baltic Sea alone. There they swim around for up to 600 years and continue to “fish” senselessly. A variety of marine life such as crabs, fish, birds, whales and sharks perish miserably in these ghost nets. We have decided for ourselves that we want to change something and are actively involved in salvaging these ghost nets. Our last deployment took place in cooperation with the WWF on Rügen, where we checked possible suspicious positions so that any nets found could then be recovered. In order to reduce the number of possible networks and for more sustainability in everyday life, Sabine also does without any fish products.
We find garbage on countless dives. Sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller. Hidden under the surface of the water for many, we are fully aware of how littered our waters, and also our nature in general, really are. That is why we keep organizing cleanups on banks and in the water, or take part in some. One of our greatest successes was in Comino, Malta in 2018. With this clean-up organized by us, we and 14 volunteers were able to recover over 300 kg of rubbish from the Mediterranean within 2 hours. Over the years we have now cleaned over 1 ton of garbage from the sea. With every cleanup we organize, there is usually a small workshop with simple tips for more sustainability above and below water.