The world is a wonderful place, therefore, we should be taking care of it, and, doing what we can to protect it. Over 70% of the earth is ocean, it is our life source – it produces at least 50% of the planets oxygen, provides the main source of protein for more than a billion individuals, with some communities livelihoods relying on the fish population, to survive.
June 8th 2020 marks World Oceans Day. A day to educate the public the impact of human behaviour on the ocean and spread the knowledge to help protect this resource. Sadly, 90% of the big fish population has been exhausted and an estimated 50% of coral reefs that are home to a large number of the fish population have been destroyed.
We have put together a list of things you can do to help protect our oceans, the creatures that live and thrive there and the environment.
There are plenty of things you can do on a daily basis to help improve our environment and the environment for other living things.
10 ways you can help our oceans
- Use less water.
Using less water is a very quick and easy change to make. From turning the tap off in between brushing your teeth, using left over drinking water to hydrate your plants or use for boiling foods and opting to take a quick shower rather than a long bath, you can make a difference.
- Reduce pollutants
Use non-toxic chemicals to clean and try and use natural products where possible. Dispose of all chemicals properly.
- Reduce waste
Cut down on what you throw away. Try and recycle where possible, donate unwanted clothes to local charity shops and choose packaging free fruit and veg at the supermarket.
- Shop wisely
Check the label. Try and purchase sustainable seafood and organic products where possible. Purchase less plastic wrapped food and remember to bring a reusable bag each time you shop!
- Reduce vehicle pollution
Think about how you get around! Can you walk to the shops instead of driving? Share transport or get public transport to work? You can also try cycling too and from work, many businesses offer a cycle to work scheme.
- Use less energy
In a technology rich world, this one can be trickier than others. You can swap out non-energy efficient light bulbs for energy efficient bulbs, only use the heating when really needed ( a good pair of socks and a jumper are a good go to when the weather turns chilly).
- Fish responsibly
If you fish for fun, fish responsibly, the Ocean Service recommend following a catch and release practice, to keep more fish alive and stop populations from dwindling.
- Practice safe boating
If you’re fortunate enough to own a boat or go boating, make sure when popping your anchor down, you do so in the sand. This will prevent damage to coral reefs and sea grass.
- Respect nature and habitats
Take care of the environment around you, treat it with care and respect.
Volunteering can make a big impact to wildlife and your own personal life. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and feel part of the community. You can take part in beach clean-ups, litter picks and more, simply search beach clean ups UK to find out more.