A whole bunch of dive industry members have banded together to change the way they run their businesses, focusing on reducing their environmental impact by 2020.

Fourth Element, Global Underwater Explorers, Suunto, AP Diving, PADI, Aqualung, Beuchat, Halcyon, Shearwater, Dive Rite, SubGravity, the British SubAqua Club, Paralenz, KUBI, DIVER Magazine and many others have signed up to make a “Mission 2020” pledge.

With pledges ranging from the elimination of single-use plastic packaging to conducting hundreds of underwater clean-up dives, members of the dive industry are making a change for good.

Mission 2020 was started by Fourth Element co-founders Jim Standing and Paul Strike.

Strike says:

“There is huge power in cooperation. As an industry, we have an opportunity to work together to protect the oceans for future generations. We hope that Mission 2020 will help to inspire collaboration and the sharing of ideas, and we are starting to see this even at the early stages of the project. It’s more important than profit, competition and balance sheets — it’s about our community working together to make a difference and we have been overwhelmed by the positive response we have received so far.”

To find out more, go to mission2020.org.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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