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7 Impactful Things You Can Do to Protect Our Oceans and Marine Life

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Did you know that the ocean covers 70% of the planet*?

It’s dynamic, powerful, and full of life. In fact, every living thing in this world depends on it—but it’s in danger.

From climate change to plastic pollution and overfishing. Humans are tragically treating these life-giving waters.

So what can we do about it?

If you’re wondering how you can protect our oceans, you’ve come to the right place.

Read on to find out how YOU can make a difference today.

plastic waterbottle floating in ocean

Take Action to Protect Our Oceans

When you start to see the scope of the problem, you may feel powerless.

But don’t give up.

You can make a difference.

If each of us follows these next 7 tips, we really could save our oceans.

So what are you waiting for?

Let’s start saving this planet!

1. Get Educated

Ignorance is bliss, right? Instead of burying your head in the sand, find out what’s going on.

Because if you don’t know what’s going on, how can you make a difference?

Read the news, watch videos online, and talk to people about protecting our oceans.

Learn about what’s happening in the Arctic, overfishing, trash in the ocean, and our Eco-system problems.

Find out more about creating your own sustainable Eco-systems through algaebarn.com.

And once you know what’s going on, spread the word.

Then others can join you in making a difference.

2. Say Bye-Bye to Plastic

A huge thing you can do to save the marine animals is to cut down the amount of plastic you use.

Is it really an issue?

According to National Geographic, every year, 8 million tons of plastic are thrown into the oceans.

And these ever-durable plastic products are so strong; they can take 400 years to break down.

Who can forget the Time.com tragic video of the turtle with a plastic straw stuck up his nose?

Or the photo from National Graphic of the seahorse clinging onto a Q-tip.

And the huge garbage patches that float throughout our ocean.

Make it your aim to stop using single-use plastics.

Such as plastic bags, straws, bottles, takeout containers, and more. Instead, use stainless steel straws, reusable bags, and bottles.

There are so many alternatives, use them!

tutle swimming under water with plastic bag on fin

3. Recycle Like a Boss

Of course, when it comes to trash, there are some things that you don’t have control over.

So make sure to recycle all that you can.

Every area has different standards, so make sure you know what you can recycle in your local area.

Some things you can recycle may include:

Paper (newspapers, birthday cards, envelopes, and phone books)

Metal (spray cans, tin foil, and food cans)

Glass (bottles and jars)

Electronics (old phones and tablets)

If it’s a food container, make sure to clean it out before throwing it in the recycling.

And don’t forget recycling isn’t only about trash.

You can recycle water or start a compost bin in your garden too.

Less trash that’s sent to landfill means less trash floating in the ocean.

recycle logo

4. Save the Seafood

Another way to save our oceans is to reduce the amount of seafood you consume.

Seafood is so popular; it’s led to overfishing.

In fact, the average person now consumes about 20kg of seafood each year, according to ecomagazine.com.

This means global fish populations can’t sustain themselves and are rapidly decreasing.

Some areas that used to be thriving with marine life are now fully fished.

Try to reduce the amount of fish you eat.

And when you do buy seafood, choose carefully where you buy from.

Buy from companies that use well-managed wild fisheries to supply seafood.

How do you know if something is truly eco-friendly or not?

Look for an Eco-certification on the packaging.

fishing boat fishing on ocean

5. Cut down Your Carbon Footprint

For years you may have heard the news about how burning fossil fuels creates too much heat.

But how does it affect the oceans?

The warmer waters affect the Eco-system in many ways.

For instance, it bleaches coral reefs and causes marine life to reproduce in different ways.

It also leads to rising sea levels, which can cause even more issues on land.

So cut down your carbon footprint! 

You can do this from your home by:

turning off the lights

unplugging electronics

adjusting your thermostat

washing your clothes at a lower temperature

You could even ride your rydoze bicycle or walk to work.

And always opt for renewable energy options in your home and community if possible.

6. Eco-Friendly Travel

You can continue to save our oceans while traveling too.

Book your next vacay through a responsible travel company that dedicates itself to making your trip an eco-friendly one.

Try to book tour guides who actively care for the environment too.

When you arrive at your destination, be respectful of marine life.

For example, nesting sea turtles, coral reef systems, and beaches in general.

Be discerning about what you buy too. For example, coral jewelry, tortoiseshell accessories, and other trinkets made from marine life.

These are damaging to the ecosystem and also threaten many endangered species.

Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but memories!

7. Raise Your Hand and Volunteer

One of the best ways to save the oceans is to raise your hand and volunteer.

How can you volunteer?

You can do it in pretty much any way that takes your fancy.

For example, head to a beach cleanup in your area.

If nothing’s organized, try organizing one yourself.

Or just grab a trash bag and see what you can personally do in the afternoon.

Another idea is to collect trash, create a work of art, and raise awareness through your artwork.

You could even organize a charity music event and collect donations.

Or ask your friends and family to sponsor you to do something crazy with all donations going to your chosen charity.

Another way you can help to keep the ocean clean is to donate to ocean-related causes outright.

Supporting these initiatives either one time or with regular donations is a simple way to give something back.

The opportunities are endless, so use your imagination.

It Starts with You!

The greatest threat to this planet is the belief that someone else will save it.

If we want to protect our oceans, it starts with each and every one of us.

Follow these tips and see the difference you can make to our magnificent planet.

For more eco-friendly travel tips and hacks, check out the “Travel” section of this blog.

 

*https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/oceanwater.html

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