EDEN Vlog #03 – Eco Scuba Diving in Indonesia

You got it baby! (Splash) Welcome back to Eden’s vlog where we are
sharing our adventure and the mission that we’re all on together of planting
trees and saving lives. So today may seem a little bit off topic
because we’re gonna focus more on ocean and ocean health but it’s important to
understand that the health of the ocean the health of mangrove systems and the globe in general well they’re all connected. So to go scuba-diving off of Biack
Indonesia involves getting in a boat specifically designed to take you to a
reef system. You go for 45 minutes to an hour on the boat get your scuba gear all
on and make sure it’s all working because if you don’t you die and that’s
not good. Once your gears on you drop over in the
into a whole new world. Getting to Indonesia and not going scuba
diving would be a crime in my opinion. Indo is at the heart of the Coral
Triangle where the highest diversity of coral species in the world live and
breathe and when you get down there and you see the diversity and the creativity
and the beauty it is just spectacular to experience it firsthand. So you may be asking what in the world does scuba diving and reef system have to do with Eden Reforestation’s focus on trees? Well believe it or not they are in fact connected. Especially again with mangrove
systems. There’s no ecosystem that stands alone. All ecosystems are connected to other ecosystems. So the systems on the
land that they have their intricacies interact with mangroves, mangroves
protect the land soil erosion, absorbed by the mangroves as the
mangroves do their part they also provide habitat for for fish for crabs
for shrimp to breed and to grow they grow up once they’re big enough they go
back into the reef systems and if one is hurt the other is hurt and you and I are
hurt. Life in a fishing village is very
different from what you and I experienced living in the Western world. It’s much more relaxed.
Much more peaceful, frankly. They do what they need
to do one day at a time and frankly it’s idilic. But you got to keep in
mind they are subsistence fishers which means they basically catch enough
or harvest enough one day or one week at a time; and there are no backup systems.
So if some aspect of the environment begins to fail their subsistence
capacity fails as well and they become truly vulnerable and that’s where they
enter into extreme poverty. So across our coastal project nations Madagascar
Mozambique Indonesia we’ve seen the same pattern. We provide them with an income
as mangrove restoration workers and in that way they’re lifted
socioeconomically even as their environments healed and that environment
allows the fisheries to become sustainable once again so both systems
begin to inch up and work effectively together. Wrapping up, I want to toss out something
and I’m not a big fan of I’m not a big fan of hope I want us to do not hope and
as you consider your commitment to alleviating extreme poverty in helping
the environment we’re not offering hope so much as we’re offering people the
opportunity to have the dignity of employment to restore their own
ecosystem. You’re joining in on a partnership that has a multiplication impact of positivity and there’s just nothing about this that
isn’t a win-win. I know we’ve been looking at reefs but I think you’ve been
able to see that reefs, mangroves, land, oceans, fish, crab, they’re all connected and a really cool thing is if you fix one system like the mangroves then you begin to fix the others as well and our planet is absolutely worth saving as
you’ll see in a future episode we need to save the planet it’s the only one with beer. Subscribe to the vlog Share it with your friends get involved and let’s
change the world together.

4 thoughts on “EDEN Vlog #03 – Eco Scuba Diving in Indonesia”

  1. My dad is a marine biologist with 25+ years of expertise in this area, working on coast restoration projects in the caribbean, indonesia and bangladesh. We've been supporting Eden for a while now but would like to get involved even more. Perhaps we can link up and help you with some of the mangrove/coast restoration projects.

    kind regards,


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