March 22 marks World Water Day, a day bringing awareness to advocacy for the sustainability of freshwater resources. This year is all about accelerating change to solve the water crisis around the globe. We have a lot of catching up to do, and it requires every single person to understand and act.
World Water Day also marks the start of the 3-day United Nations Water Conference, where government officials from around the world come together and make “voluntary commitments to accelerating progress on sustainable development and other internationally agreed water-related goals and targets.” These commitments form the Water Action Agenda and act as a reminder for the rapid change that they seek in 2023.
Diventures is inspired by the overall goal of World Water Day and what it represents. As a company focused on bringing safety and fun to the water, we understand how important it is to protect our waterways for the future.
At least once a year, our teams around the country are either diving our local lakes or hiking our parks with the goal of leaving them cleaner than when they came. Lake cleanups may seem small compared to the oceans, but cleaning local waterways enhances our own ecosystems and drastically changes the quality of the waters on the coasts.
In the past five years, our Atlanta team has pulled over 1,200 lbs of trash out of their local lake. In 2022, our Omaha team collected 4,935 pieces of debris in just a four-hour period.
Children’s Ecology Classes
To continue living our mission of furthering ocean health education and conservation in our communities, we provide free children’s ecology classes at our swim locations. These classes give children the opportunity to learn about marine, ocean health and conservation topics over the course of 12 months.
Adult Continuing Education
Oceans Update Presented by Diventures and hosted by Alex Brylske, PhD, is a six part webinar series that reviews ocean and aquatic science and conservation items happening in real time around the world. Each episode explores the significance of our marine ecosystems and engages in rarely discussed aspects of marine life with expert Dr. Brylske, Founder of Ocean Education International.
Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Diventures is the official Ocean Health Conservation & Education partner with the Omaha Zoo, one of the largest zoos in the world. The various conservation projects we sponsor with the zoo include:
- Coral research, conservation and restoration through the Zoo’s partnership with SECORE International
- Ocean and freshwater policy, conservation and awareness by supporting the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP)
- Community education and engagement through the Ocean Health Conservation Program
- Funding the Conservation Education Coordinator at the Zoo
- Financially supporting the recently opened sea lion exhibit
Learn more about World Water Day and create your own personal commitment checklist.