From narrowboat liveaboards to dinghy and yacht sailors, personal watercraft owners and motor cruisers, The Green Blue Boating Pledge is a new way for all boat users to show their commitment to protecting and respecting the environment.
Launched yesterday at the Southampton International Boat Show, the pledge has been created for boat users to actively declare their commitment to following sustainable boating practices with simple and practical guidelines.
The Green Blue hope the pledge will help raise awareness of important environmental issues, such as water pollution, and will inspire boat users to learn more about what they can do to lower their impact whilst on the water.
The fifteen Pledge points are all focussed around the strapline: ‘Respect, Protect, Enjoy’, with each point selected as playing a positive role in the well-being of surrounding habitats and wildlife.
Boat users can sign-up online to join the Pledge on The Green Blue website and will receive a Pledge certificate and a metal pin badge.
“The Green Blue Pledge, which is supported by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine, provides simple guidelines that help us respect and care for both the marine and inland environment we enjoy – how could any self-respecting boat user not sign up?” says Mike Golding OBE, award-winning sailor and Patron of The Green Blue.
If you are visiting the Southampton International Boat Show (16 – 25 September) you can make the Pledge at The Green Blue stand in Ocean Hall (stand J202). Alternatively, you can join The Green Blue Boating Pledge by visiting The Green Blue website.
The Green Blue is a joint environment programme between the RYA and British Marine to encourage a more sustainable recreational boating sector.