World Oceans Day on Tuesday 8 June has reminded us that we humans cannot survive without our oceans. These ecosystems are powerful yet fragile, and each year we hope to reflect and inspire other eco-conscious individuals to take another step in supporting the health of our environment and our oceans. There are a great number of ways that you can support ocean biodiversity from your home, from the beach, and through your community and we want to highlight some of those techniques in honor of World Oceans Day.
Reduce your plastic usage
The #1 thing that you can do to support thriving oceans is to ditch plastic. The fight against plastic is far from won and Earth requires a global mobilization to continue transitioning away from plastic towards more sustainable materials such as bamboo, hemp, or cork. Transitioning towards a plastic-free life has never been easier than it is now and you can find common items made from sustainable materials, like our bamboo sunglasses!
When possible, choose non-toxic cleaning supplies and try your best to reduce the number of harmful pollutants that you use. If they must be used, be sure to dispose of these chemicals properly so that they are not leaked into the ocean through wastewater. However, you can easily make many of your own cleaning solutions without the use of toxic chemicals that are harmful to your health and oceans.
Reduce vehicle pollution
Did you know that 25% of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels is absorbed by the ocean? This increases the ocean’s acidity and makes it difficult for coral to regenerate and for shelled creatures to have protection and a home because the acidic water breaks down any hard skeleton or shell. By taking steps to reduce your vehicle pollution, you can help the ocean restore a healthy PH level and protect many species. Rideshare, biking, walking, or taking public transport whenever you can are beneficial in reducing vehicle emissions.
Catch and release fishing is encouraged to help sustain healthy fish levels. Cutting out eating fish altogether will significantly help fish communities repopulate and will discourage overfishing from big industries. If you cannot cut fish out of your diet, we highly recommend buying your fish from local fisheries and only buying sustainably caught seafood. This allows fish populations to thrive and supports your local community.
Respect ocean habitats
When you are anywhere in nature, it is imperative to remember that the environment is not just your playground; it is home to millions of other species that rely on the delicate ecosystem around you. Being respectful of nature, animals, and biodiversity can go a long way in preventing any damage or harm to these species’ fragile homes. Always remember to leave no trace, do not approach wildlife, and care for the land as if it were your own home.
We believe that every day is World Oceans Day and we want to see marine life thrive through our mindful practices of taking better care of the planet. There can always be small ways to improve our sustainable habits that will positively affect the environment. What changes will you make this year?
Learn more about World Oceans Day at https://unworldoceansday.org/un-world-oceans-day-2021/.