Happy World Ocean Day! The ocean is home to millions of creatures and marine life and is part of our ecosystem and survival. Understanding that the choices we make NOW can help share the future.
Ready to help make the world a better place? Here’s 8 things you can do to save our ocean!
- Don’t purchase items that exploit Marine life – Avoid products produced through unsustainable or environmentally harmful methods. For example, avoid cosmetics containing shark squalene and jewelry made of coral or sea turtle shell. These products are directly linked to unsustainable fishing methods and the destruction of entire ecosystems.
- Mind your carbon footprint and reduce energy consumption (There are many simple ways you can reduce your energy use such as turning off lights when not in use, taking the stairs (instead of lifts), using the fan instead of air-conditioning. Ride a bike, walk or use public transportation. Use high efficiency appliances in your home.
- Take care of our beaches and keep it clean – Much of the plastic and debris found in the ocean has its beginnings in beach litter. As beach crowds increase, so does the amount of trash left behind. Don’t let your day at the beach contribute to the destruction of our oceans. Bring a trash bag with you for your garbage and volunteer for beach clean-ups.
- Use fewer plastic products – Plastic debris in the ocean degrades marine habitats and contributes to the deaths of many marine animals. Because floating plastic often resembles food to many marine birds, sea turtles and marine mammals, they can choke or starve because their digestive systems get blocked when they eat it. Help prevent these unnecessary deaths—use cloth grocery bags and reusable water bottles.
- Make safe sustainable seafood choices – Avoid eating marine life that are an endangered species.
- Reduce Pollutants – Choose non-toxic chemicals and dispose of herbicides, pesticides, and cleaning products properly.
- Speak out against illegal fishing practices like fish bombing
- Share this with a friend – Tell people what’s going on with the world’s oceans and what they can do to make a difference. Spread the word!