I love the Whitsunday Islands. I started my career as professional diver there, with millions of amazing memories. This regions has suffered more than any other are, with cyclones, shark incidents, the bush fires and now the virus. We formed very strong relations with local business, especially Ocean Rafting and the Hamilton Island Group.
Together with Corona (the beer!) we took a special bunch of selected influencers to the island, then hosted our Ocean School concept, cleaned up some of the remote southern beaches, enjoyed the paradise like beaches such as whiteheaven beach and inspired each other to protect our Oceans, especially the Great Barrier Reef.
Going back to the Maldives almost feels like going home by now. This time it took me to the far northern region, into an Atoll i have not only never visited, but we were also the 3rd ever airplane landing on this Airport. The community received is with flowers and one of the most welcoming ceremonies. They are asking for help, because they drown in plastic.
Parley and ARD working on a documentary to look at sustainable solutions for Island nations like the Maldives.
In the Images below you can see the 3 of the 4 local female Hero's (top left) that are leading this movement. We did education sessions and cleanups (top right). On one island (bottom left) we could witness the impacts of styrofoam boxes which are used to ship fresh produce around the country and from overseas like Australia or Sri Lanka. These are hard to recycle, and end up on islands or washed up on beaches. You never stop learning!