In honor of the world’s oceans- the most essential, plentiful, life-giving resource we on Earth were blessed with- I would like to draw attention to a few ways to protect and care them, and one enormous improvement project hopefully being launched soon.
Here are 10 Things You Can do to Save the Ocean, as suggested by National Geographic (because what more credible source could there be?)
- Mind your carbon footprint and energy consumption; it’s a global warming thing.
- Make safe, sustainable seafood choices. Ecolutionist.com has a great guide to decipher, which are safe and which to skip.
- Use fewer plastics
- Help take care of the beach- leave it cleaner than you found it. Every time.
- Don’t purchase items that exploit marine life. These items most popularly include coral, tortoiseshell, and shark products.
- Be an ocean-friendly pet owner: consider their food, how their waste is disposed of, and don’t ever release aquarium fish into the wild.
- Support organizations working to protect the ocean
If you are interested in volunteering on a marine conservation project, here is a great resource provided by workingabroad http://www.workingabroad.com/projects/C3/marine-conservation; the Marine Conservation Institute also is a wonderful resource for information as well as ongoing projects and news at http://www.marine-conservation.org.
- Influence change in your community, especially existing marine conservation projects.
- Travel the ocean responsibly- never throw anything overboard, and be aware of any life in the waters around you.
- Educate yourself! The more you learn, the more you can take action and inspire those around you.
The hot topic we’re celebrating today, here is a summarized article explaining 20-year-old Boyan Slat’s ingenious plan for taking care of plastic pollution. http://www.theoceancleanup.com/press/show/item/19-year-old-invents-feasible-solution-to-cleanup-ocean-garbage-patches.html