More than 70% of our planet is surrounded by water. The majority of people depend on it for their living and nourishment for trees and other trees. Moreover, it is an essential part of nature wherein a huge chunk of our ecosystem relies on.
Nowadays, the ocean is in danger due to man-made factors. Climate change, overfishing, and pollution are destroying marine life. As humans, it is our responsibility to take care of the ocean. With simple acts, we can do so. Read through this article to learn how we can help save it.
1. Reduce your carbon footprint
Carbon footprint is historically defined as the amount of carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuel by an individual or a group. Sources that produce carbon footprint are heat caused by burning of fossil fuel and electricity. It plays a significant role in climate change and a threat to the survival of marine life.
You can reduce your carbon footprint by unplugging appliances that are not in use, switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, and walking or biking as an alternative to using your cars.
2. Ditch single-use plastics
Avoid using plastics that are only good for one use as those contribute to polluting our oceans. These are hazards to sea creatures. Fishes get caught in plastic takeout cup holders and snack wrappers causing them to die of suffocation. Microplastics are also a big contributor to marine pollution.
Practice recycling and reusing and cut down on disposable packaging and products to lessen the burden it puts on marine life.
3. Eat sustainable seafood
Yes, it is also imperative in helping save our oceans to be conscious of the seafood products that we consume. Certain types of fish are nearing the brink of extinction due to overfishing. The ocean eco-system needs to recover from this depletion.
Learn more about sustainable seafood brands so you can buy those instead. Check the labels since normally, brands indicate it on there if their product is sustainable.
4. Purchase ocean-friendly products
Most cosmetic and cleaning products are made from environmentally harmful products. When disposed of after consumption, the leftovers of these products may also cause suffocation as fishes tend to eat small ones and mistake them for food like plastic microbeads for instance.
Make wise choices and pick non-toxic products. Read labels to be informed of the products you are picking.
5. Spread the word
Awareness is key. Gather credible information and spread it much like businesses in coastal areas like Hamilo Coast. Let everyone know that our oceans need our assistance.
The Hamilo Coast has made its purpose known of protecting the ocean with their efforts to promote sustainability through initiatives like monitoring sea turtle hatchlings until their release, an annual coastal cleanup, and waste segregation and management.
6. Lessen the use of fertilizer
Fertilizers, while helpful to your gardening plans, are also toxic to the ocean once disposed of. Heavy amounts of fertilizer block oxygen flow under the ocean, thus putting aquatic life at risk.
Use your fertilizers sparingly to avoid contaminating the ocean.
7. Do not buy products made from marine life
When you travel for vacation to coastal areas, you will see shops that sell shells, jewelry, and all sorts of other products. Do not spend your money on them. These products are made from sea creatures, some of them are probably near extinction. Plus, destructive fishing method was used to catch them–such a big no for the marine life. Instead opt for eco-friendly marine products such as naturally recycled sea glass.
8. Learn more about the ocean
There is no better way to help the ocean than educating yourself about it. Knowledge is a very potent tool that all of us can use to provide the proper help.
A little thing can go a long way. Helping our oceans also helps our planet, which in turn helps us to live a better life. Do what is necessary for our mother nature.
Angelo Castelda works as a contributor for a news magazine in Asia. He loves to learn and understand diverse cultures and aims to share through his writing his experiences around the world.