The single most important thing that I can share with fellow divers is information about the current state of the ocean. I have often felt like the problems the ocean is facing are too big for me to change and I’ve felt quite hopeless. It’s sad to see a piece of plastic while I’m diving or whenever I go for a walk on the beach on the East side of the island, I take a trash bag because I know that there’s going to be a lot of plastic. Recently I got to meet George Cummings. He is one of 1500 ocean ambassadors to the UN. These 1500 people represent the voice of the ocean and it’s creatures and the UN has put the health of the ocean as a top priority and feels that if the ocean gets to the point beyond saving then the domino effect will be catastrophic and will cause the problems that were their top priority to get that much worse.

When asking George about his work this is what he shared, “Like the many problems of the Ocean, there are many Ocean SDG14 solution projects. I am standing on the shoulders of amazing people who have joined in an amazing collections of SDG17 partnerships from Austin, Cozumel, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, hundreds of exhibitors from the DEMA dive tradeshow, 100s of dive shops, dozens of dive certification and training groups, heads of SDG departments at Fortune 500 companies down to ultra small businesses, NGO groups, Universities, High schools, friends and family. However what SDG14 really needs is 8 billion Planet Ocean inhabitants working on the Ocean solutions. Sharing emails like this with UN Ocean solutions is one of my many SDG14 Ocean ambassador roles.

Plastic in the Ocean with Turtle

Everyone is an Ocean stakeholder, because 50% of our Oxygen comes from Ocean algae. You don't have to be a diver, or a shark scientist, or coral farmer, or a mangrove farmer to need a healthy ocean.

- George Cummings -
Cozumel Shark

The UN is in an awareness battle it is the #1 problem, ignorance is universal everywhere I go. The close second biggest problem for the UN is providing individuals with behavior changes that they might be able to do to help SDG14. So many people are frustrated, hopelessly lost or hung up with this question;" What can I possible do to help solve the immense Ocean problems?

In June 2017 1,500 others and I were vetted, trained and empowered to be the voice of the Ocean and her creatures to the UN Ocean conference, we received 100s of workshop hours in SDG14 training over a five day dawn to dusk work week. As a recently inducted SDG14 Ocean Ambassador it is my sincere hope and desire for this document to expand your SDG14 knowledge of all things Ocean at the UN. Your role will be to help me, by you sharing this collection with anyone you know who breathes air.

Everyone is an Ocean stakeholder, because 50% of our Oxygen comes from Ocean algae. You don't have to be a diver, or a shark scientist, or coral farmer, or a mangrove farmer to need a healthy ocean. If every person knew all the variables of all the conservation problems, plus the reality of a very short timeline left to restore Ocean Health they too would agree with my colleagues there is no greater SINGLE source of life that impacts more lives than the Ocean, therefore it’s restoration is a global Priority.”

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Here are some additional information that was shared with us to help spread the word about how to protect our oceans.

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Sustainable Development Goals

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The Ocean we Need for the Future

Proposal for an international decade of ocean science for sustainable development.

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