Have you experienced the breathtaking views, fun adventures, and peaceful moments that our oceans and shores have to offer? To continue appreciating and enjoying these experiences with the ocean, it’s necessary to establish sustainable practices to protect it and its inhabitants.
However, it can be overwhelming to find your role in protecting the ocean, so we’ve collected these six simple lifestyle changes to help you make a positive impact.
1. Increase Your Ocean IQ
“People protect what they love.”Jaques -Yves Cousteau
Whether you visit your local river down the road or live close enough to the ocean to hear the waves crashing on the shore, take time to explore the waters around you! Spending time in or around water is one of the best ways to learn about its environment and the wildlife surrounding it. And, if a coastline classroom isn’t an option for you, there are plenty of online resources to help you learn more about our oceans.
2. Eat a More Sustainable Diet
Consuming a plant-based diet is good for both our health and the environment. According to Dr. Dana Hunes from UCLA, “Shifting away from animal-based foods adds up to 49% of the global food supply without expanding croplands, but would also significantly reduce carbon emissions and waste byproducts that end up in our oceans.” So, not only would eating plant-based help keep your body healthy, but it would also help keep our waters clean.
3. Support Ocean Conservation Efforts
Send your help directly to the source by supporting organizations working to protect our oceans. Here are just a few examples:
- Ocean Conservancy
- Sea Shepherd Conservancy
- Ocean Preservation Society
- Surfrider Foundation
4. Use Plastic-Free Alternatives
The problem with traditional packaging is that it creates human-generated trash, which is harmful to wildlife and the environment, especially plastics. It’s the cause behind the gut-wrenching photos we see of floating garbage in the ocean and choked animals on the shore. The solution to reducing the waste to protect our oceans starts with:
- Reducing, reusing and recycling disposable packaging
- Swapping to reusable glass, metal, biodegradable and compostable options
- Reducing your personal use of disposable packaging as much as possible
The less amount of waste we create as a community, the better we’re able to preserve our oceans, beaches, and our planet.
5. Put Your Unique Skill to Good Use!
Do you want to help protect our seas, but you’re not a marine conservationist? No problem! Consider getting involved with an organization working to protect the ocean habitat or volunteering with local beach cleanups. Your unique set of skills may be just what an organization is missing. Reach out and get involved!
6. Sign Up and Speak Out
Being an ocean advocate can be as simple as speaking up. Spread the word to your friends and family about the impact we have on our oceans, and how important it is that we keep them clean. You can also let our leaders know that you’re on the ocean’s side. Get started with WWF’s Action Center.
There are so many simple changes that you can make at home which will make a positive impact on the ocean. You’ve already taken the first step, and now it’s time to go one step further! Do your part to protect our oceans; there’s no better time than right now.
All photos from Pixabay.