World Ocean Day
Design Hotels member MASON Pattaya recently took part in the Baan Amphur Beach Cleaning activity with MQDC, inviting its personnel to collect litter along Baan Amphur beach on the occasion of World Ocean Day, promoting awareness in the value of the planet’s seas and oceans and the need for conservation of maritime resources.
With three quarters of the planet covered in ocean, it is undeniably the world’s most crucial ecosystem, supporting all life on Earth. These massive bodies of water influence the wind and weather, harbour over 230,000 species and are a major source of salt, crude oil, natural gas and numerous other minerals. Humanity depends on the world’s oceans for industry, agriculture, daily life and even leisure, yet each year dumps some 12 million tons of plastic waste into it. Only five percent of this waste is seen floating on the surface of the water, with the rest scattered or sunken.
Research by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources approximates that there will be a one to three ratio of plastic garbage to fish by the year 2025, triggering an imbalance in the marine ecosystem that will impact life both on sea and land. For these reasons, acknowledgement is needed in the importance of the ocean and conservation efforts must begin before the issue gets out of hand.
MASON, an ultra-modern, luxury resort located on Thailand’s eastern coastline, devotes great importance to environmental conservation, especially of maritime resources. With an aim towards long-term sustainable development, MASON joined in the effort to save the world’s oceans by collecting litter along Baan Amphur Beach alongside MQDC, providing an opportunity for its personnel to better the ocean. The activity resulted in a large volume of tourism and community generated waste being collected, a small contribution to the major effort of maintaining the world’s oceans forever.