Happy World Ocean's Day! The ocean is the heart and lungs of our planet. Covering more than two-thirds of the Earth's surface, they are home to a plethora of creatures and produces more than half of the oxygen we breathe. There are a lot of things we can all do to protect marine ecosystems... here are 5 simple things you can do to help our oceans!
1. Conserve Water
We all must do our part in conserving our precious water supplies! Here are 100 ways to reduce your water usage… or you can implement these today:
2. Reduce Waste
Hey Northern Hemisphere, it's summer! So that means you're all probably flocking to the beaches to get some cool relief from the sweltering heat. But as our numbers increase (and parking spots decrease), so does the amount of trash. Don’t let your day at the beach - or anywhere outside, really - contribue to the pollution of our planet. Remember: "leave nothing behind but your footprints."
3. CHOOSE SEAFOOD Wisely
Seafood can supply the nutrients, vitamins and omega 3s essential for strong bones, brain development, and healthy heart and immune system. When you're out shopping, make sure to choose options that healthy for you and the oceans! "What's that mean, Meli?" Before buying that fish or shellfish, make sure it comes from sustainably-managed fisheries. Here are some handy resources to help you make that decision.
4. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Carbon dioxide is making our oceans more acidic, contributing to a whole slew of problems (like destroying our corals on a global scale). You can reduce your carbon footprint by adopting some of these simple measures:
5. Vote For The Environment
Electing public officials that support good ocean policies can help us protect marine life and our oceans. Before exercising your right to vote, do some research on your candidates to make an informed decision. After they have been voted in, make sure to contact your local representatives, politicians, and lawmakers to follow up on their ocean-friendly policies.
What are you doing to celebrate world ocean's day?
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