It’s World Oceans Day and these simple daily gives will get you celebrating! The oceans make up 71% of our earth’s surface, and they are being threatened by our current lifestyles. The international conservation organization, Oceana, has information on how oceans are affected by our actions and what good work is already being done to protect our seas. But each of us can also do something to help look after the oceans; by being mindful of how we live our lives and spend our money, while also living harmonically with our environment, we can really make a difference. Check out the list below and see which ideas you can factor in to your life. You can also make suggestions to like-minded friends, or your kids, who might want to help make a difference to our planet. If you’d like to learn more about World Oceans Day, click on the link World Oceans Day – Uniting Ocean Action Worldwide on 8 June 2020
Using less water means that excess wastewater will not flow into the ocean. Try taking fewer or faster showers; don’t leave the tap running while you brush your teeth; fix leaky, dripping taps.
When purchasing cleaning products, choose non-toxic chemicals. Take the time to dispose of herbicides, pesticides, and cleaning products properly – they shouldn’t go down the drain in your sink.
Avoid cosmetics that contain shark squalene, jewelry made of coral or sea turtle shell, souvenir shells of conchs and other ocean animals. These products support unsustainable fishing and threaten important species and ecosystems. Where possible choose sustainable seafood.
Cut down on what you throw away. 17.6 billion pounds of plastic leaks into the marine environment from land-based sources every year, which will never decompose. Look for plastic-free packaging alternatives when you are shopping and bring a reusable bag. Look for petitions, or get on social media to urge companies to provide consumers with plastic-free alternatives. Say no to single use plastics such as straws, plastic cutlery, coffee cups, water bottles, plastic bags, balloons, plastic-wrapped produce and take-out food containers.
Use fuel efficient vehicles, carpool, walk, take the bus, or ride a bike. Less pollution means less damage to the planet.
Choose energy efficient light bulbs and avoid leaving the thermostat too high. Can you layer-up with a sweater instead up turning up the heat?
When fishing follow “catch and release” practices and keep more fish alive. Encourage others who fish to do the same.
Be careful to take all your trash with you when you go out for picnics in the park and the beach. Treat the earth (and ocean) as if it was your home (because it is!).
Volunteer for cleanups at the beach and in your community. Volunteering is also a great way to meet new people and feel awesome.
Parents – get your kids excited to take part in helping the oceans. Use social media and chats with friends and co-workers to boost petitions and encourage more conscientious behaviour for our oceans. Sign up for the 365give Challenge to teach your kids and their friends to give every day. This is simplest way to get kids to be aware of their planet, give back through simple acts of giving and inspire others to do the same.