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.
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