Costa Cruises and WWF: safeguarding the marine ecoregions
Since July 2005 Costa Cruises is supporting WWF Italy to help safeguard of the sea. Since 2009 the partnership between Costa Cruises and WWF Italy decided to help safaguard of Mediterranean Sea. At first the partnership helped safeguard of some of the most precious and endangered marine ecoregions on the planet: the Mediterranean Sea, the region of the Greater Antilles and the North-East Coast of Brazil.
For our younger Guests
Through our Squok clubs, our staff will encourage children and teenagers to take part in fun educational activities:
SEA GAME: learning through playing. A memory game to learn the names of many of the species found in our seas.
STICKERS: colourful and fun souvenir stickers for the brightest sparks.
POSTER: a fun way to get to know the inhabitants of the marine kingdom.
COLOURING PICTURES: a way for our youngest guests to meet new « friends ».
WWF’s "Earth Hour" initiative
Costa Cruises took part in the WWF international “Earth Hour” event with the biggest fleet in Europe. On 26 March 2011, at 8.30 pm, all the lights were symbolically switched off on 14 Costa Cruises ships around the world and at the Company's offices in Genoa to show support for the WWF awareness-building campaign for a more sustainable future. On 26 March, at 8.30 pm, Costa's ships sailing around the world – in the Mediterranean, South America, the Arab Emirates, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the Far East – symbolically switched off the “bunting”, funnel and outer deck lighting, in accordance with safety requirements. The event was also celebrated on board with a special candlelit dinner in the ship's restaurants. Guests taking their holidays on the Costa fleet were thus made aware of the Earth Hour event.
Costa Cruises for the environment
Costa Cruises has made a commitment to safeguarding the environment with what could be defined as the first « green » fleet in the world, as confirmed by the Green Star award obtained by Costa ships in 2005. This certifies that the technology with which the fleet was built is aimed at respecting the environment and keeping the air and sea clean. Costa's commitment is also reflected in the system of certification introduced to the company in 2004 that demonstrates respect for the best international standards in terms of Social Accountability, the Environment, Safety and Quality.
Creating a "marine culture"
WWF works in over 40 countries to protect the sea: creating and managing protected marine areas, striving to prevent the excessive exploitation of the sea, and promoting sustainable fishing. WWF recovery centres take care of injured animals and return them to the sea. More than any other species, marine turtles and whales are symbolic of WWFs commitment: migrating from one sea to another, they serve to remind us of the importance of crossing national borders in an attempt to protect something that belongs to all of mankind. Planet Ocean would be a more suitable name than Planet Earth: salt water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and 95% of its life-supporting space. It is estimated that up to 10 million different species live in the ocean, from enormous blue whales right through to tiny seahorses. Safeguarding the riches of the sea means preserving one of man’s most precious resources. 60% of the world’s population lives within 64 km of the sea: fish is the principal food source for a billion people. Despite this only 0.5% of the sea is protected.