Better Blue





Better Blue (无境深蓝) 


Let Humans and Marine Life be Friends.







The Condition of Our Oceans



Healthy oceans are the life support system for our planet, providing 97% of the Earth's liveable habitat and a home to more than 700,000 species. However, due to human activity, such as disposing waste. Our oceans are in more trouble than ever before. Currently only about 2% of the world's oceans are protected. The lack of protection means that up to 12 million metric tons of plastic - everything from plastic bottles and bags to micro-beads – end up in our oceans each year. That's a truckload of trash every minute.


The increasing amount of plastic waste is devastating the habitat of marine life. Discarded plastic fishing lines entangle turtles and seabirds; marine life mistake plastic waste for food; microorganisms consume micro-plastics, accumulating plastic even at the lowest level of the marine food chain. Plastic waste is present at all levels of the food chain, it accumulates and inevitably ends up on our plates. In face of the troubles plastic brings to marine life, ChinaNext is taking action—through Better Blue.



About Better Blue

 


Better Blue sustains the diversity and richness of marine life, whose habitats are rapidly disappearing due to human activity. Its projects range from protecting dolphins and whales in aquariums, to reducing plastic waste in the oceans. Better Blue's mission is to solve problems in marine ecosystems by combining the efforts of private, public and third sectors. To develop public awareness for ocean protection, it launched seminars, workshops, and courses nationwide. Better Blue trains professional divers to take part in marine sanctuary protection, marine life census, and other activities vital for improving the ocean's environment.


Since its launch in 2015, Better Blue partnered with more than 20 institutions, and established "Blue Spaces" ocean awareness centres in more than 30 cities. It aims to become a communication platform for ocean conservation. Under ChinaNext's Guidance, Better Blue will continue to improve current methods and guidelines for wildlife monitoring and diver training; upon that, it will improve the public and divers' awareness of ocean environments.




NextLeader:Miao(王淼)


Miao Wanggraduated from the University of Manchester, where she earned a master’s degreein international development. She also obtained a LL.M and Bachelor of Artsfrom Jilin University. On top of being Better Blue’s leader, Miao is an avidscuba and free diver, and she has a Standard Red Cross First-Aid qualification.Miao offers consultations for Project AWARE, and works as one of the firstambassadors for Project Seahorse’s Chinese Conservation programme. Apart fromdiving, Miao learnt to be a sommelier to persue her interest in wine.