We hear about global warming and the declining state of the environment daily, and it can get disheartening to any sane person with some small sense of compassion. Sometimes the problems are so big that they become too overwhelming for us to deal with—or so we think—and so we choose to either ignore the issues or push them aside to be solved later.
The reality is that everyone knows that there is no “later.” We’ve seen this story before, and we’ve seen its ending. The problems we are so scared to face will continue to grow to proportions so radical we will no longer be able to ignore what we had once tried to forget. The consequences too radical to neglect, some are moved to action.
The oceans have been under siege for years. One consequence of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels, for instance, is losing coral reefs on a global scale. However, as individuals, we can have a large impact.
Below are 9 specific ways you can have a positive impact on our oceans.
1. Do reduce your personal energy use and carbon footprint. Although it sounds like a tall order in the age of tech, these two seemingly huge steps can be taken easily.
a. Done using a device? Unplug it from the outlet. Some electronics can be real “electricity vampires,” the most common of which are televisions and video game consoles.
2. Do get out to vote for causes that bolster protections for oceans and water sources.
a. If you feel especially ambitious, you can join an activist group like Oceana and take your advocacy to the next level.
3. Do try to use fewer plastic products: the end of a disposable plastic’s life-cycle can end up as ocean refuse, trapping marine life and killing thousands.
a. Bring your own reusable bags to shop for groceries.
b. Use reusable water bottles instead of buying disposables.
4. Do turn off the faucet while brushing those pearly whites.
5. Do have a separate receptacle on hand in the kitchen to dispense of cooking oil. You don’t want to put oil down the drain.
a. This same idea applies to the disposal of any hazardous material. If you are using oil or acrylic paints for personal projects, it is never an environmentally sound decision to flush paints down the drain.
6. Do clean the beach when you visit.
7. Do purchase products that are friendly to marine life.
8. Do make sustainable seafood choices.
a. Make the conscious decision to frequent groceries and restaurants that sell only sustainable seafood.
9. Do educate yourself about oceans and current issues threatening their vitality.
a. The more you learn about something, the more invested you tend to become.
b. More impassioned, armed with the knowledge of the serious issues facing our environment, and a subsequent set of ideas on how we can improve our quality of life, you will be ready to inspire anyone to action at any moment.
This article is provided with the hope to educate on the ocean from Parasail Destin.