It has been discussed and campaigned a couple of months now. And more people are embracing it as well as giving out their opinion about it. It’s one of the moves geared towards conservation of mother nature.
How does she do it?
Have you heard of Lauren Singer, a regular New Yorker who could fit her four years waste in a jar. She a true definition of almost zero waste.
Her own words, “I do compost and recycle but only as a last resort — I try to avoid packaging at all costs”
She is quite impressive, right? And shows that it’s possible to reduce our waste when we decide to.
Is zero waste possible?
Am yet to totally agree with it since at some point we will encounter some unavoidable waste. And it takes time and discipline to give up habits. So to me I guess, it should be almost zero waste. As opposed to zero waste.
So what’s the idea here?
Whether zero waste or almost zero waste, ways to get there are similar. And they include:
Refraining from use of one use plastic stuff.
That includes plastic bags, disposable utensils, among others. This one is almost catered for by most countries. As ban on the one use plastic is being enacted to these countries.
Wildlife destinations in Africa you need to check out. It’s holiday season and travelling is one of the things that makes it more merrier.
It’s that time of the year where families come together. Or you get an opportunity to have some quality me time if you prefer your own company. All in all, it’s time to just relax and have some good time.
Beaches and big hotels maybe most preferred by many. Enjoying some vitamin D and sand bathing. What if you still get that vitamin D and get to make awesome memories. This is because Africa is hot, literally hot. Vitamin D from the sun is everywhere every day at least twelve hours.
Africa is still developing, so most of it is still in its raw state. Developments are yet to cover all places. So you will be able to get an insight of how things ran many years ago in its remote places. Simply, Africa is full of surprises and very welcoming to everyone in the world.
That said, what are some of these places can you be able to enjoy all these.
Here we go:
It hosts the greatest wildlife estate called Maasai Mara National Reserve. Also known as one of the best wildlife destination in the world. The Maasai Mara Reserve is also where the greatest wildebeest migration takes place.
It’s a home to a variety and good number of national parks and reserves. Not forgetting the historical sites, cultural centres, sanctuaries, nature parks, mountains, among others.
Where do we stand as a planet? In terms of natural resources and health of our atmosphere. Do you have any idea? Or have any clue?
Unfortunately some people don’t believe in science or their research. Hence ignoring all the reports given regarding anything. Am not sure what they use to understand the changes we have been experiencing as a planet.
Climate change and global warming are no longer theories. Their effects are heavily being experienced all over the world:
The oceans are becoming warmer each day.
Sea levels are rising.
The poles are melting at an alarming rate.
Rainy seasons and patterns have greatly changed and disappeared in some places.
Species are getting extinct each single day.
Temperatures have risen as the ozone layer continue becoming thinner as days goes by.
So what are some of the major changes in our planet:
Land-dwelling species have declined by 40% since 1970.
Marine animal populations have fallen by 40%.
Birds populations are down 25%.
Freshwater animals have plummeted 75% since 1970.
50% of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last 30 years.
These stats are really worrying and alarming. It also shows that if nothing is done urgently and we continue to contribute negatively to our planet. Then we will kill it sooner than we thought. Mother nature is at its final kicks and we need t resuscitate her.
What I learnt from the Blue Economy Conference 2018.
The conference lasted for three short days and I believe its was a success. As I got to learn more and I know some people somewhere agree too.
It had the best timing and if all the wordings are made to reality. Then our oceans are in great hands.
So what re some of the things that really impressed me
Blue economy will unlock potential by marine and its resources.
For a long time, we (developing countries), have not taken water resources seriously. We lack an effective framework to sustain-ably exploit these resources.
Requirements for a sustainable blue economy
A successful blue economy has to be sustainable. To avoid over-exploitation and destruction of the resources we look forward to exploit. Unlike gold mining, ocean will need to be allowed time and subjected to conducive environment for its resources.
For fishing to excel, then we should not fish the little ones or flock in the water bodies. We should allow fish time to procreate and grow in size. Hence able to strike the balance.
Blue economy plays an important role to other economies
Blue economy is a new dimension in our economies and hence inadequately exploited. It’s the new jack pot and we should be careful to do things right from the very beginning.
If sustain-ably exploited, then we are to gain much more and still maintain healthy waters.
Conservation of marine and its resources is paramount
A healthy ocean and other water bodies will be able to offer the resources to be exploited. Hence their conservation is a must. For a cow to give more and good milk, then you have to take good care of her. Same applies to all water bodies. It’s a two-way traffic relationship.
Successful blue economy is a global teamwork
No one country can claim ownership of the oceans and its resources. This is because they touch different continents and always on the move with its resources. The fish migrate all the time, same to other species found in the waters. So if one country decides to mishandled these species while they are in their territory. Then the effect will be felt by all nations associated to that ocean.
As a planet its our responsibility to collectively take good care of marine and its resources.
Nations got an opportunity to read their commitments towards sustainable blue economy during the conference. This shows how serious we need each other to succeed and have healthy oceans.
Sad fact: Research shows that if we don’t stop treating oceans like dumpsites. By 2050, plastic will be more than fish in our oceans.
The Blue economy conference for 2018 kicked off two days ago and will be concluding today. It brought many nations, organisation and people together.
Let’s get to understand what it entails
In general terms, it is use of marine environment for its economic value. Include activities such as fishing, marine tourism, marine sport, transport,among others.
Did you know?
Oceans covers 72% of our planet surface.
Ocean helps to both generate oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide. Its literally gives us life just like trees.
Oceans recycle nutrients and regulates global climate and temperature.
Ocean provide employment and source of food.
Humans are known to take more than needed when it comes to exploiting resources. Especially natural resources. Hence needs to be put on check before they can cause depletion of whatever they are exploiting.
And that’s where the blue economy conference comes in. It is used as a tool to ensure sustainable exploitation of marine resources. As well as ensuring that environment is well taken care of.
According to World Wildlife Fund, Blue economy means use of marine and its resources for sustainable economic developments.
They are geared to promote three key agenda, which includes:
Overall contribution of the marine environment to economies.
Addressing the environmental and ecological sustainability of the marine environment.
Blue economy as a growth opportunity for both developed and developing countries.
Which are some of potential for blue economy?
Marine biotechnology and bio-prospecting
Existence of biodiversity
Over-exploitation of marine resources.
Illegal undertakings in oceans , that is, illegal fishing, use of illegal equipment.
Waste disposal to the oceans. There’s inadequate care for marine environment and its ecosystem.
It’s important to be safe while enjoying game drive. We still need you to explain to us all the fun stuff and experience you get there. And you can only do that by being back completely and healthy. With no incidents.
Every conservation area does have rules and regulations. Which helps to guide and guard all the visitors. Sadly, just like the terms and conditions, very few do read them. Most of us just ignore and think we can handle it with no guidance. Until we do something crazy and things turn ugly.
Wildlife kill or get killed. They have no rules to follow or care about any. After all, its their home and they are wild. They have their own ways of living. They only care about what to eat, reproduce and survive. So they will literally do anything to keep it that way.
Some incidence that made me wanna pull some visitors’ ears
If you do game drives frequently, you get to meet different types of visitors. They sometime do crazy stuff either due to ignorance or lack of knowledge.
Taking photos carelessly in the wild
The selfie generation is the most annoying one. While in the wild, put a pose to your selfie moments. There was this family who had got out of their car to take selfies and photos. In the middle of the park. There were bushes nearby. They seem not to understand what danger they were exposing themselves to. Can you imagine they were in company of two toddlers?
Its very dangerous to get out of your car while in the wild. Unless you have a sign advising you so. Anything could have been in that bush. And wildlife could harm you badly before you make it back to your car. So its a terrible and dangerous to get out of your car while game driving.
You may think that you have checked for any wildlife presence. Hence safe to get out. But its wildlife habitat, they know their home well. And hiding favours them. Most wildlife will just allow you to spot them. But if they decide to hide, you will not be able to spot them. Let that sink in and remain in your car always.