World Oceans Day: Here Are 8 Things You Can Do to Save It
The barrage of threats facing our oceans today might seem like an overwhelming tsunami of problems. Plastics are harming marine life.is warming the oceans and increasing their acidity. Waters are being . But there’s hope, according to experts and activists, who say there are a slew of steps you can take to help make a difference.
“Things are bad but we’re at a state where we can definitely make a change,” said Samantha Mackiewicz, director of World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day takes place every year on June 8 to celebrate Earth’s waters and highlight the challenges they face. This year, the focus is on, which is permeating our oceans.
1. Stop using plastic bags
There are likely dozens of other ways you could cut down on single-use plastics, which are things like Ziploc bags, disposable coffee-cup lids and plastic wrap. Experts and activists also suggest using cloth bags instead of disposable ones for groceries.
2. Spread the information
“Talk to your friends and family about why the ocean is important and why you take steps to help it, and challenge them to do the same,” said Mackiewicz, the director of World Oceans Day.
3. Plan a garbage cleanup
A good way to make a difference is to organize a garbage cleanup now. Whether it’s an inland cleanup or one near the coast, plan one in your community.
4. Stop overfishing
Things like overfishing and illegal fishing have left many marine species severely depleted, with some on the brink of extinction, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). So buy your sea food from proper fisheries.
5. Use public transport
An action like this can reduce your carbon footprint, and multiplied by the efforts of millions of others around the world, that may help slowand ocean acidification — a change in ocean chemistry which threatens marine life.
6. Talk to the authorities
Individuals can have an impact on the health of our oceans by supporting policies that reduce carbon emissions. Make sure your elected representatives support keeping high standards for fuel emissions, embracestrategies and support subsidies for solar and wind power.
Experts say recycling is an obvious action to take. Check on what can be recycled in your community, and make sure you’re separating out your plastic.
8. Think before you act
That’s what Kallan Benson, the 14-year-old oceans activist, would say to someone who asks what single action they could take to make a difference. The idea is that the more someone thinks about plastics and plastics pollution, the environment and the consequences of our actions, the more likely they are to act on it.Disclaimer:We do not allow users to post content which is copyright and We take strict actions against the users who post infringement content on our website.Although we do not host any content, users post embed videos from youtube, facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo and are moderated before posting but we still take strict action against the copyright videos posted.If you are an official representative of any company whose videos are posted illegally on our website or you think some video infringe the copyright then you can simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org