August 12, 2019 4 min read

We often think green instead of blue when talking about climate change, tackling global warming, and protecting the environment.

However, there is a reason why our planet earth is known as “The Blue Planet.” Oceans are the source of food, water, and oxygen, and they make our lives possible.

More than 200 million people are living their life depending upon income from fishing, while over one billion people depend on marine food sources for their food.

The need for a clean ocean

Oceans are not just the planet’s richest repository of wonders, and they are incredibly essential to for us. Below are some facts highlighting the need for clean oceans and proving their worth for protection.

  • More than 75% of all living species on earth are found under the ocean.
  • Oceans produce more than 50% of the oxygen that we consume. Also, they absorb 60% of CO2 and 50x faster from our environment as compared to tropical forests.
  • There is only one-third of ocean species are discovered yet, and two-third is still believed to be discovered.
  • Plastic items are the most common element of pollution found in oceans.
  • Ocean pollution is killing more than a million sea creatures annually.
  • More than 80% of sewage that enters the ocean is untreated.
  • There are many dead zones created by polluting materials in oceans, making marine life impossible in those zones.
  • It is estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fishes by weight by the end of 2050.

5 Ways to Play Your Part to Keep Oceans Clean As a Surfer

1. Cut your carbon footprint

You can reduce the hazardous effects of climate change on oceans by cutting your carbon footprints. Michelle Stanford, senior research analyst at King Essay recommends to leave your car at home, be conscious of your energy usage at work and home, and switch to compact fluorescent lights. Also, use fans instead of air conditioners, take stairs, and plant more trees to help oceans cover the carbon saturation. 

Disposable plastic materials that end up into the ocean contribute to the destruction of habitat and kill thousands of marine animals annually. Use reusable non-disposable glass containers and bottles, carry your own cloth bag on shopping, and recycle every possible thing.

2. Be selective with seafood choices

Marine life population is depleting rapidly because of significant demand, unsustainable fishing, and unfortunately, the loss of multiple habitats. When dining out or shopping for groceries, choose seafood that is sustainable and healthy. Also, don’t ask for overexploited species and encourage others to do this so.

Read food labels carefully to consider unsustainability, avoid wild-caught fishes to get to your aquariums and don’t flush pet litter to prevent marine life from harmful pathogens. Many products can also harm fragile coral reefs; hence avoid purchasing them such as tortoiseshell hair accessories that are made from hawksbill turtles or coral jewelry and shark products.

3. Support NGOs to enhance awareness

There are several NGO’s and institutes that are consistently fighting and playing their role in protecting marine wildlife and ocean habitats. Register yourself as a volunteer or ambassador with these organizations and consider giving financial support if possible or just volunteer for advocacy or hands-on work. Get involved in projects and get your spirit to the coast.

Read food labels carefully to consider unsustainability, avoid wild-caught fishes to get to your aquariums and don’t flush pet litter to prevent marine life from harmful pathogens. Many products can also harm fragile coral reefs; hence avoid purchasing them such as tortoiseshell hair accessories that are made from hawksbill turtles or coral jewelry and shark products.

The more you will get to know about major challenges faced by the ecosystem, you will feel connected, and you will more want to help to make sure it’s safe and healthy. Spread the awareness to educate others as well.

4. Influence the community by an implementation

Inspire and spread the need of oceans by not just doing mouth fire, but implementing the way outs and set an example. Merge with your local marine conservation projects and offer your contribution.

Social services team at Premium Jackets encourages people to patronize stores and restaurants offering sustainable seafood and provide a solution to those spots offering endangered species.

5. Take care of Mother Nature

Always clean up while bodysurfing, diving, handboarding or even just relaxing on the beach. Appreciate the beauty and explore opportunities to serve Mother Nature without interfering with wild or marine life. Don’t remove corals or rocks and encourage others as well to respect and take care of marine life. Also pay attention to the sunscreen you use.

Participate in recreational practices and avoid throwing anything overboard. Respect marine creature underwater, around you. Get to an eco-friendly option before planning your next vacation on a cruise or going for boating.

Take-home messages

Protecting oceans along with its endangered species is a global concern, and uncounted numbers of both governmental and non-governmental organization are making efforts to save the ocean for our future generations. Unfortunately, there are more than 140 species beneath the ocean surface are at the risk of extinction.

Hence to protect the ocean, play your part to keep it clean. As mentioned above, cut carbon footprint, recycle where possible and encourage others by spreading awareness and inspiring them by an implementation. People cannot change for what they are not aware; help them to get a mutual effort for better.

Author Bio:

Stella Lincoln is a lifestyle blogger and avid traveler. She loves to explore new places and is associated with many NGO’s. She is currently working as a Lifestyle Blogger at Crowd Writer. She visits beaches regularly to get connected to the coasts.

 

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