To mark World Tourism Day, Six Senses Laamu has introduced a Sustainability Camp for teenage guests.
Complementing the brand-wide Climate Warriors initiative and the resort’s Junior Marine Biology programme, the camp will cover a wide range of sustainability-related topics such as reducing waste, green agriculture and conservation.
“The programme aims to give teenage guests and their families insights into the sustainability initiatives and techniques used for the resort’s operations and provide a skillset for the daily improvements they can make at home, striving towards a more sustainable way of life,” according to Six Senses Laamu.
The Sustainability Camp takes place over three days, with two 90-minute sessions per day. Four sessions are available for each topic, allowing guests to choose two for each day’s activities. Each session is led by a designated guide specialising in the topic who assists participants with crafts and workshops while sharing their knowledge and experience in the area.
“Zero Waste” introduces guests to a coconut oil or soap-making workshop, making crafts out of coconuts and other recycled materials, or a sustainable Alchemy Bar spa workshop to make their own beauty products. “Zero Waste” focuses on being creative with used items, identifying reusable materials, reducing single-use plastics, and encouraging teamwork.
“Home Grown” invites participants on a seed-to-farm journey, where they can learn how to plant and grow their own micro-greens using compost and watch them grow over the duration of their stay. Another option is Conscious Cooking, where chefs guide guests through easy-to-make, plant-based recipes with ingredients they can grow themselves, or Garden Mixology, where they select fresh ingredients for juices and mocktails. These sessions focus on sourcing fresh and sustainable ingredients and the impacts of food waste.
“Nature Conservation” dives into the marine conservation and sustainability initiatives already in place in the resort. Participants can get hands-on with citizen science sessions, including an introduction to the local megafauna and seagrass meadows, an adventure on a neighbouring island to discover the Maldivian way of life or Carbon Caring, an introduction to blue carbon habitats, and the importance of under-appreciated wonderlands such as mangroves and seagrass meadows. These sessions help guests understand how carbon is stored in these habitats and what they can do to protect them. They focus on encouraging curiosity for marine species and conservation and creating awareness of how everyone can get involved.
”Over time, we found that many teenagers were very interested in learning more about sustainability and marine conservation, but we didn’t have activities attractive for their age group. Our Sustainability Camp is a chance to share our insights, skills and, above all, our passion for nature and conservation to help shape the next generation of conservation heroes,” said Greg Holder, Guest Education Coordinator of the Maldives Underwater Initiative.