The ocean is one of our greatest sources of life on earth. It provides us with more than half of the world’s oxygen and is home to millions of species that play critical roles in marine ecosystems. Now more than ever, the ocean needs our help. Human-caused threats like ocean noise pollution, ship strikes, and entanglement in fishing gear are threatening the lives of marine animals. Our actions have impact, and together, we can build a healthier future for the ocean. Here are some easy steps you can take to protect marine animals and critical ocean habitats.
Conserve water and reduce runoff
All water eventually finds its way to the ocean. Unfortunately, contaminated water can carry harmful chemicals that kill marine life and produce dangerous algae blooms. To reduce runoff and conserve water, you can…
- Take shorter showers
- Use a rain barrel to collect water for your garden
- Turn off automatic watering systems in your yard when it rains
- Limit laundry days to when you have a full load and regularly wash small items by hand
- Turn the water off while brushing your teeth
Reduce plastic usage
Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter our ocean and threaten the lives of marine animals. Birds, dolphins, whales, and turtles become entangled in plastic and die from suffocation, starvation, or drowning. If consumed, tiny particles of plastic can cause fatal health issues for marine animals. To help protect marine life from the dangers of plastic, you can…
- Refuse plastic straws at restaurants and bars
- Ask for no plastic silverware when ordering takeout
- Carry a reusable water bottle
- Recycle at home and at the workplace
- Participate in neighborhood and beach clean-ups
Become a responsible traveler
Travelling is a great way to see new places and appreciate the beauty of coastal ecosystems. While doing so, remember to be aware of your impact on the environment and make sustainable decisions. To become a responsible traveler, you can…
- Respect marine animals and their wild spaces
- Take photos and selfies at a safe distance away from animals
- Clean up after yourself when visiting beaches and natural spaces
- Before travelling, research the region’s local seafood and fishing practices to help you make sustainable food choices. Ask questions in person and look for sustainable seafood certifications in restaurants
- Partake in eco-tourism activities that support local communities
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The problems we face are urgent, complicated, and resistant to change. Real solutions demand creativity, hard work and involvement from people like you.