Message from Expedition Andaman Sea’s Chief SDG Officer Christoph Impekoven in the name of the Global Offshore Sailing Team
Dear followers and friends,
As members of the Global Offshore Sailing Team (GOST), we recognize the critical importance of our oceans to the sustainability of our planet. As sailors, we have a deep appreciation for the beauty and power of the sea, and we also understand the significant role that the ocean plays in regulating our climate, supporting our global economy, and providing critical resources to our communities.
The oceans are home to millions of species, and they support the livelihoods of millions of people around the world. From the seafood we eat to the tourism industry that relies on healthy coastlines and coral reefs, our oceans play a crucial role in our daily lives. They also serve as a critical carbon sink, absorbing approximately 25% of the carbon dioxide that we release into the atmosphere.
However, despite the oceans‘ importance, they are facing numerous threats, including climate change and pollution. These threats not only harm the health of our oceans and the creatures that call them home, but they also impact human health, economies, and cultures.
As a team, we are committed to promoting sustainable practices and raising awareness about the importance of protecting our oceans. We believe that through education, collaboration, and innovation, we can help to build a more sustainable future for our planet.
The United Nations has set out ambitious goals for sustainability, including the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals that aim to improve environmental performance, social impact, and corporate governance. We believe that these goals can only be achieved if we prioritize the health and sustainability of our oceans.
One of the areas of the world where the health of the oceans is especially important is the Andaman Sea. The Andaman Sea is home to a diverse array of marine life, including numerous endangered species such as sea turtles, sharks, and dolphins. The sea is also critical to the economies of the communities that rely on it for fishing, tourism, and transportation. However, like many other areas of the world, the Andaman Sea is facing significant threats from overfishing, pollution, and habitat destruction.
As sailors, we have had the privilege of experiencing the beauty and power of the Andaman Sea firsthand. We have seen the incredible diversity of life that calls it home, and we have also witnessed the impacts of human activity on its health. It is clear to us that urgent action is needed to protect the Andaman Sea and ensure its sustainability for future generations.
In conclusion, the oceans are critical to the sustainability of our planet, and we must all work together to protect them. As members of the Global Offshore Sailing Team, we are committed to promoting sustainable practices and raising awareness about the importance of protecting our oceans. We hope that you will join us in this effort, and that together we can build a more sustainable future for all.
Global Offshore Sailing Team
Global Offshore Sailing Team (GOST)
Since 1999 GOST accomplished over 30 expeditions world-wide with more than 80 passionate sailors from over 20 nations, founded by Skipper Jochen Werne and co-founded by Guido Zoeller.