Earth Day Suggestions To Protect Whale Habitat
With 70% of our planets surface covered in water, our oceans are the habitat for all but a handful of the world’s whales. Not only does the ocean provide habitat, but it’s also responsible for maintaining stable weather and capturing the majority of atmospheric carbon. Needless to say, the oceans are pretty important for our planets health and there are plenty of simple things you can do to protect our oceans and in turn, habitat for the world whales.
Use ocean-friendly cleaners. A little baking soda, vinegar, olive
oil, lemon juice and other common household items can go a long way
towards keeping your home fresh, clean, and safe while protecting the
health of beaches and our ocean. There are a number of safe
ocean-friendly cleaners on the market today such as those found at
Don't make yours a hazardous home! There are now many
effective non-toxic and "green" alternatives for all household products
including paint, pesticides, and cleaners. You can also make the switch
to rechargeable batteries and recycle old batteries before they leach
toxins into your local water systems. If you have hazardous materials
in your home, store them safely in spill-proof containers and dispose
of them properly at a hazardous waste recycling program in your area.
If your town or city doesn’t have one yet, lobby for one. Your
neighbors and the ocean will thank you!
Keep the beaches open! The number of beach closings and advisory days in the US topped 25,000 in 2006 according to the NRDC.
Runoff from roads, parking lots, roofs, farms, and lawns followed by
sewage, are the largest sources of bacteria and other pollutants that
foul beach waters and lead to closures.
You can take simple actions to keep your favorite beach safe for
swimming including using a bag to "scoop the poop" left by your pet;
replacing chemical fertilizers with compost (enriches soil) and
mycorrhizae (helps plants take up water and nutrients); replacing
chemical pesticides with natural pest controls; maintaining your septic
tank to prevent leakage that can make its way to beaches; and disposing
of oil, grease, and toxic wastes properly.
Choose Ocean-friendly Seafood: With demand for seafood
growing, improving the sustainability of wild-caught and farmed fish is
necessary to protect our ocean and seafood supplies into the future.
The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly
three-quarters of ocean fisheries are being fished at or beyond their
limits, while a recently published study in the journal Science
projected that—without a change in course—all currently fished wild
seafood species will collapse before 2050.
However, we have the power to change this alarming trend. By
choosing seafood that is ocean-friendly, you can help chart a new
course. Lean more about sustainable seafood from the folks at seafood watch.