Our oceans are rising, our oceans are being polluted every day, and ocean acidity has increased. Oceans play an essential role in keeping the Earth’s carbon cycle in balance. As the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises, the oceans absorb a lot of it and acidity of the seawater increase. This means higher temperatures, intensified hurricanes, more floodings, melting glaciers and the rising of sea levels.
These are things you can do to protect and conserve our beautiful Blue Planet. All waters lead to the Ocean, and we all have the power and responsibility to protect them.
1. Skip the Straws and Plastic bottles
Cut down on single-use plastics (straws, water bottles, plastic bags). If every person used five fewer straws per year, we could keep more than 1.5 billion straws out of the ocean. Stop purchasing plastic bottles and chose carton or a reusable water bottle instead.
2. Reduce your Carbon Footprint
The oceans absorb a significant amount of heat and carbon. Do your part: turn off your lights. Unplug electronics, adjust your thermostat, walk or ride your bike, and demand renewable energy options. Find more ways to reduce your carbon footprint in this article.
3. Protect Ocean Species
Certain products contribute to the harming marine populations and fragile coral reefs. Always be respectful of marine environments. Avoid items such as coral jewelry, shark products, or tortoiseshell accessories. Stop supporting Seaquariums, whales and dolphins live less in captivity.
4. Increase your Ocean IQ
There are many ways to educate yourself about the ocean. Support organizations that are working to protect the oceans, beaches and marine wildlife such as WWF, Mission Blue, Ocean Conservancy, Oceana, and Sierra Club by volunteering our giving your financial support.
5. Enjoy the Ocean responsibly
Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water. Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. If you’re set on taking a cruise for your next vacation, do some research to find the most eco-friendly option.
6. Sign up, Sign on and Speak out
Tell your friends and family why the ocean matters and let your leaders know that you care and you want to protect the ocean. Volunteer for beach and rivers cleanups too and share this blog with your family and friends on your social media channels.
Be healthy, be happy, be the change!