The Waves of Change Blue Community program is an opportunity for coastal communities to declare their own work to protect the oceans and promote ocean sustainability.
The oceans are under increasing threats from pollution, overfishing, impacts of climate change including coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and increased storm intensity. The Waves of Change campaign is responding to these issues with ocean clean up programs, improving ocean literacy, supporting ocean champions, ecosystems restoration, and programs to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change
Unless policies for protection of the oceans and promotion of ocean sustainability are increased, coastal communities are likely to experience adverse impacts.
The good news is that every community has the opportunity to do its part to reverse current trends. Every community has its own unique challenges and opportunities to become a Blue Community.
The process is simple and straightforward. Each community wishing to be recognized as a Blue Community is invited to present to the Waves of Change Campaign its commitment to the policies and programs that protect the oceans and promote ocean sustainability along with examples of how it is acting on this commitment.
The Blue Communtiy program is presently working to support the Global Sustainable Tourism Critiera for communities seeking certification.
To get your community started on the path to better protecting the oceans and promoting ocean sustainability consider the 20 Possibilities for a Blue City.
Buildings, Energy, & Transportation Choices in Tourism: A Key to protecting coastal habitat and marine environmentsLast Updated on 2013-03-28 00:00:00
The Blue Community initiative has developed 12 strategies for coastal habitat and marine environment protection for the tourism industry. Three of the strategies focus on buildings, energy, and transportation. These strategies can go a long way in protecting coastal habitat and marine environments as well as reducing carbon emissions and mitigating impacts from climate change and ocean acidification.
According to the Rocky Mountain Institute Reinventing Fire initiative, buildings in the U.S. are energy hogs consuming 42% of the energy and 72% of the electricity.
In the Blue Community initiative, building design is key to saving energy, water, and reducing the risks of disaster. A paradigm shift in building for the tourist industry can be found in the Monolithic Dome construction process.
This process allows tourism resorts to reduce... More »
“Much Better than Climate Change Adaptation”Last Updated on 2013-02-08 00:00:00
October 27, 2009 and I was getting off Vancouver’s SkyTrain at the Lake City Way Station. With me was my friend Jennie Moore, Director of Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship for the British Columbia Institute of Technology. “There it is,” I said, camera in hand. “I’ve been looking for that poster for my ecological city slide show.” Before me was a sign I’d seen several times flashing by through the window of my moving train. It turned out to be part of a campaign by the Vancouver Aquarium. Featuring an image of a polar bear floating on a slab of ice in an almost open ocean, the copy read:
“Adaptation is not an option. Canada’s Arctic. In the grip of change. Visit the new exhibit to understand the impact.”
The polar bear, on all fours, gazing to the horizon, looked like any you’d expect on a... More »
Lessons from Climate Change: Past & PresentLast Updated on 2013-01-09 00:00:00
Join broadcaster, distinguished conservation biologist and author Dr Reese Halter as he discusses environmental wins from 2012. In order to fully appreciate the speed of climate change today Dr Reese will draw upon climate examples from the past. Colleges & Universities, Cities & Towns and Corporate America are helping to reduce our water and carbon footprints -- good news abounds !
The presentaton will include a review of the 12 Blue Community Strategies developed in collaboration with Walt Disney World for protecting our coastal habitat and marine environments. This will include showing some of the videos Dr Halter narrated in a collaborative production of the USF Patel Collebe of Global Sustainability, Walt Disney World® Animal, Science, & Environment team, and the International Ocean Institute Waves of Change Blue Community initiative.
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Snap Shots Last Updated on 2012-09-27 17:05:45
A few clips from video at the Monterey Bay Aquarium to give you an idea of some of the wonders of the sea that you can see. :)
Snap Shots of 300 DolphinsLast Updated on 2012-09-19 00:00:00
On a whale watching trip in Monterey, CA our boat, the Princess Montery, was surrounded by an estimated 300 dolphins. The video is a snap shot of a few of them.
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