For decades, mankind has been destroying the world’s ecosystems. What took millions of years to build takes only moments to ruin. Many oceans’ ecosystems are in immediate danger. Without healthy oceans, the world as we know it will collapse.
I keep hearing friends and relatives talk about how future generations may never see a dolphin or shark in their natural environment, or go whale watching, or swim in clear oceans.
The younger generation feels annoyed that their voices aren’t heard and their opinions don’t count. Organisations that could make a difference don’t listen to them.
On top of that, people are tired of hearing bad news, uncertain information and conflicting opinions about the planet. They don’t know who to trust anymore. They are also angry with governments and politicians for being more concerned about winning votes than saving dolphins, stopping global warming or reducing plastic waste in the sea.
So I wrote this book to turn this anger into something positive – by putting our beliefs into action and make a real difference.
No one can do everything. But everyone can do something. Which is why this book is written as a manifesto to deploy the power of the masses. To turn the tide, I need everybody’s help – to launch a movement to save our planet, and ourselves.
With this book, you will find out what’s happening to our oceans, and more importantly, how you can do your part to help. Such as stop using disposable plastic items, buying seafood from sustainable sources, and speaking to people around you to get them to do the same.
Here’s a video synopsis of the book
“Together We Can Turn Tides: a Manifesto to Save the Oceans, Planet & Our Earth” was launched at S.E.A. Aquarium’s first Dive Social Night on 18 March 2017.
The book is currently available at http://creatingpositivefootprints.com
About the author
Jeroen van de Waal is the CEO and founder of Orca Scuba, a boutique PADI dive center based in Singapore and Pulau Rawa, Malaysia.
He grew up in the East of the Netherlands, far away from the oceans. From an early age, he was intrigued and inspired by the expeditions of French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. But life events took him away from his dreams and trapped him in the corporate rat race. After having lived and worked on most continents over the past 25 years, he now uses his life experience to protect the oceans and create positive footprints.