Our oceans cover 70% of the earth’s surface that provide us with many benefits. 50% of the air we breathe is produced by the ocean and stores 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. Since it covers so much of the planet’s surface, the ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles regulating earth’s climate and the weather patterns. And these are only some of the benefits directly relating to humans, not to mention the vast ecosystems that need preserving for the organisms and aquatic marine life below.
- Demand plastic free alternatives
As we know our oceans face a massive threat from plastics that find their way into the oceans. An estimated 17.6 billion pounds of plastic is leaked into the marine environment from land-based sources every year. We have the power to urge companies to provide their customers with plastic free alternatives to eradicate the use of single use plastics such as straws, cutlery, plastic bags, water bottles and fast-food containers.
- Conserve water
Use less water so excess runoff and wastewater will not flow into the ocean. This reduces wear and tear on major resources such as wastewater treatment plants and distribution systems that deliver water to the public.
- Reduce your carbon footprint
Carbon dioxide a widely known greenhouse gas makes our oceans more acidic which contributes to the loss of corals and marine life.
Here are some simple ways you reduce your carbon:
- Instead of driving your car you can ride your bike, walk or use public transport.
- Whenever leaving a room turn off the lights after you.
- Put on more layers in winter instead of turning on your heating.
- Vote on ocean issues
Electing public officials that support good ocean policies can help us protect marine life and our oceans. Doing your research on political candidates that show the same beliefs as you can help to make an informed decision on who we put into power. Once In office, follow up with them regularly to remind of them of the policies you care about.
- Leave nothing behind
As beach crowds increase over sunny days, so does the amount of rubbish left behind from beach goers. Don’t let your day out contribute to the mass destruction of our oceans that littering causes. So on your next day out remember to only leave behind your footprints in the sand.