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International Mother Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, an important opportunity to reflect on the importance of our planet and our relationship with it. As a green surfer, I am concerned about the impact we are having on the land and oceans and I believe that this day is an opportunity to take action and raise awareness about caring for the environment.

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Our planet needs us to take care of it. Image by jannoon028 on Freepik.

“Restore Our Planet”, motto of this day

This year’s main theme for Earth Day is “Restore Our Planet.” This theme focuses on the urgent need to address global climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as the importance of restoring and protecting natural ecosystems.

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As a green surfer, I am committed to doing my part to help restore and protect the environment. Through my love of surfing, I have witnessed firsthand the effects of climate change and pollution on the oceans. The loss of coral reefs and declining populations of marine animals are just a few of the effects I have seen on my travels around the world.

Hey, hey!!! That we have found Nemo!!! Photo of Clownfish and Blue Malawi Cichlids swimming near Duncan Reef. Image by wirestock on Freepik.

The oceans are an incredible source of life, not only for the creatures that live in them, but also for us humans. The oceans provide a wealth of food and resources for our survival, including shellfish and algae, and provide us with opportunities to explore and recreate. Personally, I really enjoy surfing, as it gives me the opportunity to connect with nature and feel the energy of the sea.

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In celebrating International Earth Day, I think it’s important that we all take action to reduce our impact on the environment.

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Here are some ideas that may help:

  1. Reduce plastic consumption: Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants in the oceans. Try to reduce the use of disposable plastic in your daily life and opt for reusable alternatives, such as stainless steel water bottles and cloth shopping bags.
  2. Consume consciously: Think about the amount of resources you use in your daily life and try to reduce your ecological footprint. This could include cutting back on meat, choosing locally sourced foods, and reducing the use of cleaning and beauty products that contain toxic chemicals.
  3. Participate in cleanup activities: Join a local group to do a beach or river cleanup. These activities are a great way to make a tangible difference in the environment.
  4. Support environmental organizations: There are many organizations dedicated to protecting the environment and restoring natural ecosystems. Consider making a donation or volunteering with one of these organizations to help make a difference.
  5. Educate yourself and others: Learn more about environmental issues and share that information with others. Education is key to inspiring positive change in our society.

The oceans: the habitat of surfers

As surf lovers we cannot be indifferent to the attacks and risks to which our waters are subjected. Waters that consume our energy with each stroke and each wave surfed. Waters that recharge us with energy, happiness and life because it is undoubtedly the origin of our passion.

You don’t know what a sunset is until you’ve experienced it in the water. Image by wirestock on Freepik.

In addition to the benefits that the oceans provide to humans, they are also vital to the ecological balance of the planet. The oceans absorb much of the carbon dioxide we release into the atmosphere, helping to reduce the effects of climate change. They are also a vital habitat for countless species of animals and plants, and their disappearance would have catastrophic consequences for biodiversity and the stability of ecosystems.

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International Earth Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with the land and oceans. Action is needed to protect and restore these ecosystems. As a green surfer, I think it’s important that we all do our part to help preserve our planet for future generations.