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The Republic of Palau in the Western Pacific has today launched the Palau Pledge, a world-first eco-initiative that asks all inbound visitors to make a compulsory promise, directly to the children of Palau, to preserve their home before they can enter the country.

The Palau Pledge is a new immigration policy that takes effect this December. Palau has become the first country to update its immigration policy and landing procedures to implement such legislation, aimed at preserving its culture and the beauty of its natural environment for future generations. It also hopes that other countries will follow suit to protect the planet for children worldwide.

The Palau Pledge is based on the Palauan tradition of BUL, a moratorium declared by Palau’s traditional leaders that places an immediate halt to the over-consumption or destruction of a species, place or thing.

Find out more about the Palau Pledge by reading the full article here.

By Travindy for Travindy.

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World Oceans Day – Join the “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” Movement

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World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day was first enforced at the UN General Assembly on 5th of December in 2008, where June 8th was designated to be the day to be annually celebrated as “World Oceans Day”. The theme for 2016 is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”.

With Oceans covering about 70% of the earth’s surface, and holding 97% of the earth’s water, oceans make up around 99% of the living space on our planet by volume. However, 40% of our oceans are heavily impacted by human activity.

Our oceans are polluted, fisheries being depleted, and coastal habituated are being destroyed. The oceans regulate our climate and are home to an incredibly diverse wildlife. The oceans provide food for millions, if not billions of the world’s population.

Find more information on the background of World Oceans Day here.

Here are “10 Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean:

  • Reduce the effects of climate change on our oceans
  • Make sustainable seafood choices
  • Reduce your use of plastic products
  • Take care of the beach
  • Don’t purchase products that exploit marine life
  • Sustainable seafood choices for your pet
  • Support the work to protect our oceans
  • Engage your community
  • Travel responsibly
  • Educate yourself

Read more on National Geographic.

Get active and help preserving our oceans; for inspiration on how to participate please visit http://www.worldoceansday.org/.

Also, to contribute you can join the ONEWORLD ONEOCEAN movement and support The Ocean Project.

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