Every action we take, regardless of where we reside, has an impact on the ocean and the marine life it holds. The ocean is the downstream of everything. Even if you live far inland, there are many things you can do to benefit marine life.
Reduce your carbon footprint and energy consumption
Reduce global warming by taking simple steps that will almost certainly save you money in the long run: drive less, walk more, use less electricity and water. Reduced “carbon footprint” will benefit marine life thousands of miles away. The prospect of an acidic ocean is frightening, but we can restore the oceans’ health with a few simple changes in our behaviour. This includes simple things like turning off the lights or TV when you leave a room and driving in a fuel-efficient manner. The less energy you use, the less our climate heats up and the ice won’t melt.
Limit plastic usage
So many oceans around the world have been polluted by garbage, plastic and debris. Plastic, which can persist for hundreds of years, can endanger wildlife and also be toxic for the environment. Reduce your use of plastic and purchase items with minimal packaging. Moreover, avoid using disposable items and use brown paper or cotton bags instead of plastic bags whenever possible.
Participate in beach cleanups
Trash in the environment can endanger marine life as well as humans! Pick up litter on a local beach, park, or roadway before it enters the marine environment. Even trash from hundreds of miles away can get carried away into the ocean. You can inquire with your local NGO’s and environmental protection department to see if any cleanups are planned. Explore and enjoy the ocean without disturbing marine life. Moreover, encourage your friends and family to participate in beach cleanups.
Don’t purchase items that destroy Marine Life
There are certain items that are harmful for coral reefs and marine populations. For example, fertilisers on farms flow into waterways which eventually flow into the ocean. This can be toxic to sea animals as well as humans. When smaller organisms consume the trash in the ocean, bigger animals who prey on them also get contaminated. When buying sunscreens and floor cleaners, make sure they are reef-friendly because the chemicals can cause coral bleaching.
Volunteer to protect sea animals
By volunteering for marine conservation, you can support efforts to preserve and safeguard the ocean while repopulating the incredibly vulnerable ecosystems that it contains. You’ll volunteer your time and talents to assist and gather important data and support important marine conservation efforts. Additionally, you’ll get the chance to visit some of the most amazing and uncharted natural areas in the world.