10 Ways to Save the Oceans

Environment

Oceans cover about 71% of the Earth. Rivers, lakes and seas are all part of the ocean system. When these are polluted by us, it destroys the oceans and their resident creatures. Here are 10 ways to save the oceans
 
1) Mind your carbon footprint
 
Donít travel by car unnecessarily. You can walk and reduce the effects of climate change on the oceans. Other than this, you can reduce your energy consumption by switching to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and switching off electrical appliances when not in use. You can also take the stairs instead of the elevator.
 
2) Support organisations
 
Many institutes and organisations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. Find a national organisation and consider giving financial support or volunteering for hands-on work. If you live near the coast, join a local branch or group and get involved in projects close to home.
 
3)  Make sustainable food choices
Fish is eaten by many people and the global fish population is depleting rapidly. The high demand for fish, loss of habitat and
unsustainable fishing practices are among the main reasons for this. Whenever you go shopping or out for dinner, you can reduce the demand on fish by choosing seafood that is both healthy and sustainable. Always make sure you donít waste food and abstain from eating fish during their breeding season, which is the monsoon.
 
4) Use fewer plastic products
 
Plastic bags clog drains and are usually thrown into the ocean, which is used as a dump yard. These bags end up contributing to habitat destruction and can entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact carry a reusable water bottle, store food in non-disposable containers, carry your own cloth bags when shopping and recycle plastic bags whenever possible.
 
5) Educate yourself 
 
Read more about marine life and anything related to the oceans so that you have sufficient knowledge and are well acquainted
with all the issues that raise concerns. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more youíll want to help ensure its health. Share that knowledge to educate and inspire others.
 
6) Travel the ocean safely
 
Boating and other recreational activities on the water should be practised responsibly. Never throw anything overboard and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. If youíre set on going on a beach holiday, make sure you do some research to find the most eco-friendly options.
 
7) Influence change in your community
 
You can create awareness in your community by telling people of the dangers that marine life is facing. Voice your concerns if you spot a threatened species on the menu of a restaurant or at a seafood shop.
 
8) Don't purchase items that exploit marine life
 
Coral jewellery, shark products, tortoise shell accessories and similar products are available at many places. However, these are not always produced using the right means. It is best to avoid purchasing such items.
 
9) Take care of the beach
 
The beach is the best place to play and make sand castles or go out with family for a picnic. But do not forget  to clean up the beach after youíre done. Donít litter on the beach and use a dustbin for all your waste. Never throw things into the sea and appreciate the ocean without interfering with its wildlife. You can also ask other people to do the same and participate in beach clean-ups.
 
10) Be an ocean-friendly pet owner
 
Pets like strolling on beaches. When youíre at the beach with your pet, make sure you clean the mess your pet makes. Also, cat litter should never be flushed as it contains pathogens harmful to marine life. Avoid stocking your aquarium with wild-caught saltwater fish and never release any aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water. This is harmful to them and the existing ecosystem.

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