When we talk about going green, the three Rs, carbon footprints, and even the Incredible Hulk spring to mind. When we talk about going blue, we could only think of incredibly dull Mondays. But it isn’t rocket science; it’s just about conserving the ocean.
Bluub, the newest addition to our Resorts World Sentosa family, went on a quest to find like-minded people to share why loving our oceans is important. He latched on to Biswajit (Bis) Guha and Eileen Toh from the Resort’s Education team, who tell us what going blue is all about and how we’re celebrating World Oceans Day at the S.E.A. Aquarium this June.
Bluub: Hi Bis and Eileen! Are the oceans important?
Bis: Yes! We depend on the oceans for food, medicine, energy, commerce and other uses.
Eileen: And the ocean is an amazing ecosystem which covers 70 per cent of the planet.
Bluub: What is going blue?
Bis: Going blue is about making a conscious effort to care for the oceans and the animals and plants that live in them.
Bluub: The ocean is being destroyed; why?
Bis: It’s because we pollute the seas and we litter! Littering is a global problem; plastic bags, fishing lines and cigarette butts are thrown into oceans and drains, causing animal deaths and killing ecosystems like coral reefs.
Bluub: What can we expect at the World Oceans Day commemorations at the S.E.A. Aquarium?
Eileen: Games and information booths on how to keep our oceans safe for future generations . There will also be two 5 to 7-minute skits titled Marine Life at Pulau Semakau and Project Horseshoe Crab at the Ocean Dome. Animals like sea cucumbers and horseshoe crabs will be involved in the “live” performance.
Bluub: That sounds fun! What can we learn?
Eileen: We can learn about the earth’s water crisis: issues such as coral reef damage, runoff pollution, trash islands, and sustainable fishing. I hope it can eradicate some common misconceptions!
Bluub: What needs to be done to promote the conservation of our oceans?
Bis: We need to rethink our consumption habits and how we can stop marine pollution, and what we can do to reverse the situation.
Eileen: Everyone needs to be wowed by the beauty of marine life. Like world renowned environmentalist, Baba Dioum, put it: “In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”
Want to go blue? Head down to the S.E.A. Aquarium from now till 30 June 2013 to learn more about how you can be an Ocean Hero and commemorate World Oceans Day. For more details, visit our Marine Life Park blog. To find out more about the S.E.A. Aquarium and buy your tickets, visit the website here.