How You Can Really Help to Save the Oceans
If we look at the problems facing the world’s oceans today, it seems ridiculous that one person can affect such vast bodies of water. But if you take that attitude then there would be no change whatsoever. Although a great deal of the pollution in our seas and oceans is commercial, there is plenty of personal waste that we as individuals have contributed to.
The vast amount of plastic that is discarded is largely attributed to consumers, so if just one person puts a stick in the ground and says “no more”, then perhaps others will follow and a groundswell will start to clean our oceans up. Here are some tips how you can really help, so don’t delay, get eco today.
Reduce Your Plastic
Almost eighty percent of debris in the oceans is made up of plastic. And scientists believe that by 2040 there will be more plastic in the oceans than marine life, calculated on a weight ratio. A great deal of this plastic is industrial but there is also a high proportion of consumer waste that can easily be eradicated. When out shopping always opt for recyclable packaging, take your own shopping bags with you. Why not take your own coffee mug to work and wash it after each coffee. Always think reusable and whenever possible refuse plastic packaging.
Use Fewer Chemicals
Many products we use at home contain chemicals that are dangerous to marine life, household cleaners and pesticides are particularly bad. And the chemicals you spray on your lawn and flowers can easily enter into water sources and eventually pollute the seas. If you have to spray your roses with anti-bug repellant then look for organic options, perhaps brush your driveway instead of hosing it as this will help to reduce the amount of chemicals getting washed down drains, etc.
Eat Sustainable Seafood
For a long time now, we have been overfishing our great seas and oceans to almost the point where some species of fish are close to extinction. A big problem is how commercial fishing is carried out, it has little regard to by-catch and often these fish are simply dumped back into the oceans dead. If consumers stopped requesting the most popular species of fish then supply would taper off. When in restaurants, study the menu for sustainable fish, opt for fish that are a little less popular but can be just as delicious. When shopping at the fishmonger always look for signs that the fish is sustainable, this may be line-caught, or in-season.
Reduce Energy Consumption
Without doubt climate change is now really starting to impact the world, and as our oceans become polluted with more acidification then the sea levels rise which greatly affects the marine life living in them. You can save money and also the environment by being more energy prudent at home. Change to LED lighting, use timers and sensors to control domestic appliances. All these tips will help you to contribute to stop the pollution of our oceans, and make the world a better place to live.