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How CAN THE EVENTS INDUSTRY HELP PROTECT LIFE BELOW WATER?
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Below Water, presents the importance of the world's oceans. It is vital that we conserve the ocean's ecosystems, and sustainably use its resources.
71% of the Earth's surface is covered in water and 96.5% of this is held in oceans. But the oceans are suffering. By 2050, it is estimated that fish populations will drop by 90% if we continue fishing unsustainably, and 60% of coral reefs are at risk of being lost due to increased ocean temperatures.
This month, Positive Impact is focussing on how the events industry can help conserve the oceans, seas and marine resources.
Here's how royal Caribbean plans to offset their ship's carbon emissions! Have you found any examples of events helping marine conservation? Tweet it and tag us @pievents
THIS MONTH WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF INTERVIEWING DORIS RAGLETTI, AN INSPIRATIONAL ADVOCATE FOR THE RIGHTS OF MOTHER EARTH. WE DISCUSSED TOPICS SUCH AS GLOBAL COLLABORATION , SUSTAINABILITY AND THE RIGHTS OF MOTHER NATURE!
On collaboration ...
On the declaration of rights for Mother Nature....
'Participate wherever your heart beats. Everyone matters. If its that your heart beats for animals then join as a volunteer with some organisations that work to take care of them. If it's for the planet just join anywhere, every organisation is happy for everyone's contribution and everyone has a different thing to give and it's very fulfilling! Just jump!
'I believe if the UN were to adopt this declaration, acknowledging nature as a living being, it would change the focus of the United Nations and it would cause a shift from the current anthropocentric world view to the necessary earth centred world view. Which would really put our focus on the earth and a truly sustainable future. We all depend on nature.'
TOP TIPS ON WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP TO ACHIEVE THE SDGs
TIP 2: "Make a difference in easy steps. Reduce, reuse and recycle!
TIP 1: " use soft materials, made from biodegradable, organic and fairtrade materials, and invest in organisations which work to achieve the SDG goal, such as charities which work on clean energy for reforestation or support women in africa and asia for a sustainable future.
TIP 3: "Come from the heart and do events without stuff. Without fancy brochures... that has always been at my heart and look at our collaboration, it was just being human and the loving and commitment of everyone involved. That made it real and we didn't take a lot of things... it was the joy of doing all this together and the love for it that really made it work."
For more top tips, case studies and inspiration, visit our website here!
Royal Caribbean International is an international cruise ship company with over 25 ships. They are committed to guest experience, as well as protection of the natural environment and citizen responsibility.
Royal Caribbean has set ambitious environmental goals which it hopes to achieve by 2020. These include emission reduction, sustainable sourcing and destination stewardship.
In order to achieve these goals, Royal Caribbean has been proactive in their approach. An example of their actions include partnering with OceanScope, who operate labs on ship to collect data important to climate change research.
In 2016, Royal Caribbean International donated $100,000 to responsible shark and ray tourism.
35 ships are fitted with Advanced Emissions Purification Systems which reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 98%.
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IBTM World is the leading global event for meetings, business travel and conferences, organised by Reed Travel Exhibitions. Positive Impact Events has worked with them to tell the story of the power of events and how to create a sustainable event industry.
Some of the main tips include:
1. Creating initiatives to welcome minority groups.
2. Identify waste and come up with innovative solutions to address it.
3. Collaborate with the local community.
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