It‘s a plea that’s heard across the world,
It’s no secret that the world’s oceans aren’t as clean or as cared for as they should be. Human disturbances, global warming—there’s so much at stake. With a body as vast as the ocean, it will take a worldwide effort to truly make a difference.
However, this doesn’t mean that it’s too late. Even small changes can make a big difference.
If you’re interested in preserving the ocean, here are some things you can do.
Carbon footprint can be defined as:
The amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organization, or community.
In short, the carbon footprint includes all the emissions of CO2 we cause; whether due to non-biodegradable plastics, oversetting the thermostat, using too much electricity, or even by using certain types of light bulbs. Being more conscious of energy use and waste disposal can greatly impact the environment and translate into less usage of fossil fuels, which emit CO2when burnt.
Look for terms that define your seafood product as sustainably harvested, sustainably caught, line caught or diver caught.Global fisheries are on the brink of disaster and are in different phases of overexploitation. Finding sustainable food will ensure that your partiality toward seafood is not causing problems for the seafood population.
Run-off from the water that’s used for agriculture and gardening often ends up in the ocean. This water ends up creating an area which is now known as the dead area, a zone which has very low levels of water. Keep in mind, marine life, like humans, needs oxygen to survive. As such, if your coastal area registers dead zones, it might be time to push back on the use of fertilizers.
Beach litter isn’t just damaging from the environment and shoreline. Quite often, this litter ends up floating into the ocean and becomes a toxic choking hazard for fishes, big and large. Always throw away trash in the appropriate trash cans or keep a bag with you. Also, volunteer for events for beach cleanups and bring in others so they can help as well.
For example, at The Ocean Vibe, we donate 10 percent of our net income to the Ocean Conservancy and the Sea Turtles Preservation Association. So if you shop for ocean conservation apparel at our site, you automatically contribute to our efforts of safeguarding our planet’s oceans. In short, with every ‘save the ocean apparel’ you buy, you do your part in saving the ocean as well!
Change does not happen in a day. But by doing our part, and making the masses aware, we can slowly but surely make some positive difference that would preserve our oceans for future generations!
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