When it comes to something as big as the sea, you may feel like a small drop. Are the things that you personally do going to really help in the effort to save the ocean? The truth is that the ocean wouldn't be as big as it is without all those individual water drops. By starting a revolution on your own, you can convince other drops to join you. Before you know it, you'll have a movement the size of a lake and growing. Here are some great methods you can use to help save the oceans.
Only Buy Sustainable Seafood
There are many options out there to purchase seafood, however, not all seafood is obtained and supplied in the same way. Global fish populations have seen a sharp decrease as habitats are being destroyed and unsafe fishing practices are reducing global stock. To do your part, be sure to only purchase seafood which was harvested in a sustainable way. The most common identifiers are those that say 'line caught', 'sustainably caught', 'diver caught', or 'sustainably harvested'.
Reduce Your Energy Consumption
We've all heard about our carbon footprint. Burning fossil fuels causes spikes in carbon dioxide levels. This makes the ocean more acidic. This acidity wreaks havoc on the ocean and its aquatic environment. For example, water acidity weakens the calcium skeletons of coral in the ocean. This is leading to a decrease in coral which, affects many other aquatic environments of the ocean. To do your part, be sure to do your best to reduce your energy consumption. Things like turning off lights when you're not in the room or turning down the thermostat when you're not home can do wonders over time to reduce your own personal carbon footprint.
Pick Up Litter
Litter can create a big problem for the ocean's environment. When plastic debris is left near the shores or dumped in the sea, it can end up being consumed by the sea creatures. Marine birds, mammals, and turtles all easily mistake plastic for food. This can lead to choking or blocks in the digestive tract that can cause unnecessary deaths of these marine animals. Spend some time walking along the shoreline and picking up litter. Also, be sure that you always properly dispose of garbage and recycling so you don't contribute to the littering problem.
Learn More About Marine Life
The ocean doesn't function on its own. The millions of marine creatures that live below the water help to sustain the ocean. By investing your time in marine biology internships, you can discover more about how the aquatic environment works. When you better understand the ocean and its complexities, you can better educate others about methods to save the oceans. Remember that knowledge is power.
Oceana is an organization that is full of activists who focus on ocean conservation. This organization has over half a million active members who are working around the globe in over 200 countries to help conserve the ocean. This group is geared towards achieving change on a measurable scale by advocating science-based changes to government policies throughout the globe.
Avoid Single-Use Products
Products that are only meant for one use create a large amount of garbage. This is the type of garbage that ends up in the ocean. In order to do your part to prevent this problem, you should opt for only using products designed for multiple uses. Opt for reusable items like hard water bottles and canvas bags. The more single-use items you can eliminate from your daily routine, the more you'll be able to contribute to reducing the amount of garbage that ends up in the ocean each year.
Saving the oceans requires everyone to start somewhere. While you may have questions whether your impact will really matter, the truth is that it will. If everyone would simply try to be more environmentally-friendly, the world would be in a much better state.