Did you fall in love with the aquatic realm the first time you went underwater? If you're like most divers, your first experience meeting and greeting the denizens of the deep most likely left a lasting impression - and sparked a deep sense of caring about the health of our ocean planet.
On a more practical level, the commitment of divers to environmental conservation helps preserve dive sites around the world -- so divers like you can return to favorite sites year after year.
The PADI organization recently introduced a new program â€“ the PADI Green Star AwardTM - that assists PADI Dive Centers and Resorts in identifying their environmental footprint and offers them a range of actions they can take to lessen any negative effects.
PADI Dive Centers and Resorts who have earned the Green Star Award demonstrate a dedication to conservation across a wide range of business functions, including (but not limited to):
"Environmentally friendly" transportation practices
Optimized waste management
Use of sustainable materials
Paperless interactions with their PADI Regional Headquarters
Donation to Project AWARE