Our planet does not really have a birthday but every year on the 22nd of April, an estimated 192 countries celebrate and appreciate the oceans, land, air and wildlife that animate life on earth.
Here is how we celebrated Earth Day at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu along with some very eager students from Baa.Hithaadhoo.
Located amidst the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean filled with countless species of fish, lush greenery and white sandy beaches Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu has much to be thankful for. This year, to show our appreciation for planet earth and our pledge to protect it, we held various activities for our guests, associates and neighbouring communities.
On the morning of earth day, we went out on a manta ray excursion and as soon as we spotted a group of these beautiful fish feeding at the surface we jumped into the water. Soon after because of the red coloration on the water’s surface we realised that we were not just swimming with manta rays but also through an incredible natural phenomena: coral spawning! During mass spawning events millions of coral simultaneously release eggs and sperm into the water, making way for a new generation of corals.
Later that day children from year 8-10, their parents and school representatives from Hithaadhoo, a local neighbouring island, arrived at our jetty for an afternoon full of activities.
To plant awareness into the heart’s of our associates, guests and local community and to inspire appreciation for the earth we gathered together for a fun tree planting activity.
Following the tree planting all were invited to take part in an interactive presentation on marine debris by myself and Chiara.
During the talk, our very own wonderful Maldivian Executive Chef Faiz, surprised the audience with a special dish he prepared in honour of earth day: a fish stuffed with plastic bottle caps, cigarette buds, and food wrappers! YUM! This dish was meant to demonstrate that what we put into our oceans will end up in our food
After being versed in marine debris, it was definitely time to play! The students, their parents and school representatives gathered in our football court for some games organised by our HR department. It was great to see people of all ages coming together to play musical chairs, draw the eye on the elephant and lime on spoon!
And what better way to wrap up earth day than with a marine biology show at the Conch Bar. It’s important that we communicate to our guests that they have chosen to stay at a Resort that is aiming to protect its environment through several initiatives such as:
- Participation in national identification projects for sea turtles, manta rays and sharks
- Coral nursery projects
- Educational outreach efforts for our guests, local communities and associates
- Partnership with a charity called the Olive Ridley Project fighting against ghost nets in the Indian Ocean with whom we are opening a turtle rescue center on our island.
What initiative are you taking in your life to protect your oceans?
This year, in honour of earth day Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu has decided to banish plastic straws from its outlets because they are one of the top five marine debris!
Remember that without the blue, there is no green!