The Earth is our home – the only home we know of. It is our responsibility to preserve and protect it for generations yet unborn; it is our duty to allow them to enjoy the beauty and magnificence of the planet as we know it. It is too selfish to allow it to continually change for the worse, which we know happens because of our careless footprints. We burn fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil for generations; while we are at it, we clear forests hastily, and now we have dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere, the temperatures are rising, reaping the ill-effects of our actions. It’s in fact a domino effect. Warmer temperatures would mean water (which includes the 20 percent of the world’s fresh water supply) evaporating more rapidly resulting in lower water levels and possible shortages. With the burning of fossil fuels comes the greenhouses gases and smog-causing pollutants which have been linked to many health problems like respiratory diseases and cancer. Every day we feel the effects of climate change in the form of extreme weather events, milder winters, hotter summers, higher levels of smog in the cities, changes in the timing and rate of reproduction of some mammals, and glaciers in every region of the world are melting, putting millions of people at risk for floods, droughts and lack of drinking water.
Indeed, over the past 50 years, humans have modified the Earth’s environment to a greater extent than throughout the rest of the history of humanity. We are living at a critical time and we are all personally responsible for the future of the Earth. Because each person has a role to play, each person has the power and duty to mobilize themselves to act. One person has already made his part and continues to do so with his GoodPlanet Foundation. Since 1990, Yann Arthus-Bertrand has flown over approximately 100 countries, inviting those who would like to listen to reflect on the evolution of our planet and on the future of its inhabitants. Created in 2005 by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the GoodPlanet Foundation seeks to inspire a lifestyle that is more respectful to the Earth and its inhabitants. It proposes realistic, optimistic solutions and encourages each individual to become committed to the planet, through a series of programs, which is constantly being developed and strengthened in order to “bring ecology at the heart of consciousness”. In 2009, it was awarded public interest status and 3 years after, the Foundation obtained the IDEAS label, awarded by an independent committee, which recognizes its budgetary management, the effectiveness of its programs and the quality of its governance.
Omega in 2011, as part of their social responsibility, worked alongside the GoodPlanet Foundation to raise public awareness of our oceans and sharing its dedication to sustainability – together, they aim to raise awareness of the beauty and majesty of the oceans, the dangers they face and the importance of preserving and appreciating these natural resources – and with it the inspiration to create the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet – an innovative wristwatch that serves as a tribute to the GoodPlanet Foundation and the positive work it does for our environment and underwater ecosystems. Omega has committed a portion of the proceeds from the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M GoodPlanet to fully funding a project to preserve the mangroves and seagrasses in Southeast Asia and educating the local population about the conservation of these important natural resources that are such a critical part of a balanced eco-system.
Yes, saving our ocean doesn't have to be a daunting task that means sweeping life changes. Simple things can make a difference. Like buying a timepiece. The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet features a bold blue lacquered dial with applied indexes. The polished and facetted rhodium-plated hour, minute, seconds hands and aluminum-fashioned GMT hand are coated with white Super-LumiNova which emits a blue light. The exception is the minute hand which emits a green light, as does the dot on the diving bezel. There is also a date window at the 3 o’clock position. A domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal – enhanced with anti-reflective treatment on both sides – protects the dial from damage above and below the water’s surface. The bright orange GMT scale on the bezel ring and central GMT hand make it possible to track two separate time zones, ideal for the frequent traveler who enjoys taking in the beauty of the oceans, lakes and rivers first-hand. The lacquered orange 24-hour scale stand out on the bi-directional polished blue bezel ring, a useful feature which complements the helium-escape valve located at 10 o’clock on the brushed and polished 43.5 mm stainless steel case. The caseback, engraved with “GoodPlanet Foundation”, also features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, making it possible to see Omega’s revolutionary technology within. Inspired by the diverse and captivating colors of the ocean, this timepiece is available with a classic stainless steel bracelet, or a sporty blue rubber strap. Like all of Omega’s Seamaster Planet Ocean timepieces, this model was designed with extreme adventurers in mind and is water resistant to 60 bar (600 metres / 2000 feet). At its heart is the exclusive Omega Co-Axial calibre 8605, a self-winding movement with a three-level Co-Axial escapement and Si14 silicon balance spring, this remarkable timepiece performs with such reliability and accuracy that it is offered with a full four-year warranty.
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