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Act locally, think Mediterranean

THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION

Climate change is everyone's business and you have an important role to play in it too!

Recommendations for different audiences

If you visit a marine protected area

USE RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES when possible

By using wind and solar energy, with windmills and photovoltaic panels, you avoid the carbon dioxide emissions that are a product of the use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil or natural gas. 

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Reduce the amount of waste you produce every day, and buy fewer new things whose production and disposal involve additional greenhouse gas emissions. If possible, reuse products and recycle materials that can be reused in the production of new products.

WATER CONSUMPTION

It takes a lot of energy to bring water to our homes and to make it drinkable and safe for us to use every day. Save water because you will also save energy.

ELECTRICAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Reduce power consumption, unplug the devices you are not using, as some devices consume power even when they are turned off. Use energy efficient devices with a higher energy class (A or even A+++).

EAT LOCAL PRODUCTS

Consider buying food that is grown locally, thus also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The further the food we buy travels every day, the more greenhouse gases are produced during transport from the place of cultivation to our plate.

FISHING TURISM. EXPERIENCE

Fishing tourism and taste lesser-known species of fish, caught fresh from the boat. This is an authentic maritime experience.

TRANSPORT

Cars, lorries, planes, cruise ships and other motor vehicles are responsible for one third of greenhouse gas emissions. Choosing your means of transport intelligently is crucial to mitigating climate change. Whenever you can, choose to walk, cycle or use public transport.

FOOD

REDUCE MEAT CONSUMPTION. Adopt a vegetarian diet or promote the Mediterranean diet, recognised by the international scientific community as one of the most balanced and healthiest eating patterns and lifestyles in the world. It consists mostly of plant-based foods, the consumption of seasonal and local products, and seasoned with spices and aromatic herbs.  

The 7 principles

LEARN the 7 principles of Mediterranean sea culture. Ocean culture (OC) has been defined as understanding the influence of the ocean on people and the influence of people on the ocean. These are the 7 principles applied to the Mediterranean Sea:

The 7 principles of Mediterranean sea culture

PRINCIPLE 1: The Mediterranean Sea, semi-enclosed by land on three continents, is part of a large ocean and has many unique characteristics.

PRINCIPLE 2: The Mediterranean Sea and its living organisms shape the characteristics of the Mediterranean region and adjacent land masses.

PRINCIPLE 3: The Mediterranean Sea has a great influence on the climate and weather of the Mediterranean region.

PRINCIPLE 4: The Mediterranean Sea made the Mediterranean region habitable thanks to the wealth of life it contains, and thus became the cradle of Western civilisation.

PRINCIPLE 5: The Mediterranean Sea is a centre of marine biodiversity, with a high level of endemism.

PRINCIPLE 6: The culture, history, economy, lifestyle, health and well-being of the peoples of the Mediterranean region are inextricably interconnected.

PRINCIPLE 7: Although the Mediterranean Sea was explored centuries ago, much of it is still unknown.