It may seem at times that we as individuals can do little if anything to help protect the oceans. But this is not true. Simple little actions, if done by large amounts of people, can change the world for the better. Here are some easy tips to help save the oceans that everyone can do:
1. Buy Seafood from Sustainable Fisheries
Experts believe that about 85% of seafood sources are currently in some state of over-exploitation. It is even possible that the world’s oceans may run of fish. You can change this by only buying sustainable seafood from restaurants and markets. Look for one of the following terms when buying seafood:
2. Use Less Energy
Carbon dioxide created from the burning of fossil fuels affects more than just the climate. It is also making the oceans more acidic, which in turn is causing the destructions of corals worldwide. To help change this, drive less. Use public transportation or either ride a bike or walk. Also, use energy-efficient appliances and turn them off when you are not using them. Finally, use less heat in the winter and less air conditioning in the summer.
3. Use Reusable Shopping Bags and Water Bottles
Plastic in our oceans is a problem for multiple reasons. Not only does it damage ocean habitats, but it also leads to the needless deaths of countless sea life. This is because they often eat it, and it can choke them or block their digestive systems. So, next time you go food shopping, instead of getting plastic bags from the supermarket, bring your own bag, made from anything other than plastic. Also, use reusable water bottles as well.
4. Dispose of Hazardous Waste Properly
Hazardous waste, such as motor oil, often makes its way into oceans. This is because it was not disposed of properly. So, it is important to only dispose of hazardous materials at special facilities designed specifically to handle them. Some companies will even come to your home and pick them up.
5. Cut Down on Fertilizer
Excess fertilizer used in farms and gardens often finds its way into the oceans. This can cause what is called a dead zone, which is a large area in the ocean that has oxygen levels so low that it cannot sustain marine life. Dead zones have been found in our oceans that are as large as New Jersey. So, it is important to use as little fertilizer as possible in your gardens.
6. Help Clean Up Beaches
If you live near the ocean, a day at the beach can be a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. We all enjoy ocean activities like parasailing, jet skiing and more. But it can be even better if you are doing something useful. So, instead of just lying around, grab a bag and collect trash you find there before it ends up in the ocean.