“With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea.” -Sylvia Earle
Due to irresponsible practices, the health of our oceans and marine life is at an all time low. In appreciation of National World Oceans Day, we have compiled a list of 8 easy ways you can help save the ocean!
1. Ditch the disposable lifestyle
Each year, billions of pounds of trash and other pollutants enter the ocean. This accumulation of waste is toxic and often fatal to marine life when they are entangled in the debris or even mistake it for food. Nowadays it’s extremely easy and even economical for you to make the switch to reusable products! Ditch the disposable plastic water bottles for a BPA-free reusable one, switch your plastic drinking draws for silicon or stainless steel (or ditch them completely) and remember to RECYCLE!
2. Shop for sustainable seafood
Global fish populations are rapidly decreasing due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for overexploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable.
3. Dispose of hazardous materials responsibly
Disposing of used motor oil and other hazardous materials such as batteries at designated drop-off points or recycling centers can prevent toxic leaks from escaping into the ocean. It’s even recommended to wash your car at a commercial car wash instead of your driveway since by law, car washes must treat their wastewater before disposal. Find where to safely dispose your motor oil here and where to recycle batteries here.
4. Purchase ocean-friendly products
When shopping, try to avoid products that are created through environmentally harmful and exploitative practices. Stay away from coral jewelry, tortoiseshell accessories or shark products.
5. Vacation responsibly
This summer when you head over to California or your preferred oceanside spot, help to do your part by picking up any plastic or other trash that you see on the shore! You’ll feel great knowing that you’re doing your part and can enjoy a safe and clean beach to relax on.
6. Make your vote count
The upcoming midterm elections are one of the most important because as you will be voting for your state and local leaders. Let this be a chance to do research on where your politicians stand on issues like climate change and sustainable practices.
7. Support ocean conservation organizations and research
Many institutes and organizations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine life. Find an organization you like and consider giving a donation or even volunteering your time.
8. Reduce your carbon footprint by going solar
One way to drastically decrease your carbon footprint and save not only the ocean but our planet is by going solar. Generating electricity with solar power instead of fossil fuels can dramatically reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, which lead to rising global temperatures that impact marine life. Click here to learn more about solar and to request your free custom quote.