Ways to Save the Oceans and Its Ecosystem

Ocean water covers 71% of the planet and holds the biggest percentage (97%) of Earth’s water. It is also the major source of food and livelihood for many people across the globe. But despite its importance, it also the most neglected part of our planet.

From illegal fishing practices, treating beaches, seas, and oceans as dumping sites, to various coastal developments, the marine ecosystem has experienced too much abuse. And if not addressed soon along with climate change, oceans will break so is our survival.

For the billions of food and livelihood the ocean provides, humanity still failed to give back. Fortunately, there are hundreds or thousands of organizations that have put together their time and effort to protect the oceans and their habitats.

And you too can do your share in protecting and saving the marine ecosystem. Here are the choices when done collectively can do a great impact to save our oceans for the generations to come.

Go for plastic-free options

When doing grocery or shopping, you have the option to bring your own eco-bags or reusable containers. Suggest to companies and restaurants that plastic-free choices will not only lessen the use of plastic bags, disposable cups, cutlery, take-out food containers, and food wrappers but will  save the oceans.

Plastics remain to be the biggest contributor to ocean pollutants. These dumps are harmful to marine animals because of unnecessary deaths, choking, and pollution.

Reduce Carbon Footprint

Carbon footprints cause the ocean water to be acidic which damages corals. Conserve electricity by switching off lights and unplugging appliances when not in use. And be more eco-friendly by opting to walk, bike, or commute.

Avoid Ocean-Harming Activities and Products

Do not support any products made of shells, sea turtle shells, sea pearls, and such as these can harm the ocean species. Do not buy from local fishermen who practice illegal fishing methods. Avoid patronizing products made of ingredients or materials from the ocean.

Enjoy the Water But Do Not Leave Anything Behind

Always practice CLAYGO or Clean As You Go wherever you are. When you are out on the beach with friends and family, do not forget to collect and dispose your trash properly.  Leave footprints but not your trash.

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