Over 70% of the globe is covered by water. It is our life supply, sustaining humankind as well as all other organisms on the planet. The ocean supplies at least half of the world's oxygen, is home to the majority of the planet's biodiversity, and is the primary source of protein for over a billion people worldwide.
In addition, the ocean is critical to our economy, with ocean-based sectors expected to employ 40 million people by 2030.
Every day, we feel, should be World Oceans Day. The 4 R's — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Refuse – are well-known ways to help reduce the damage to our blue world. Here are eight more things you can do to help the sea become the change we all want to see:
Choose to be sustaiable with your seafood choices
Demand, habitat degradation, and irresponsible fishing techniques are quickly depleting global fish stocks. When shopping or dining out, choose seafood that is both healthy and sustainable to help lessen demand for overexploited species. Alternatively, you can simply refuse to consume fish.
Reduce using plastic
Plastics that end up as ocean garbage degrade habitat and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals every year. Carry a reusable water bottle, store food in non-disposable containers, purchase with your own cloth tote or other reusable bag, and recycle whenever possible to reduce your effect. Straws, bags, and bottled water are all examples of single-use plastic.
Protect the beach
Always clean up after yourself, whether you're diving, surfing, or just lounging on the beach. Without messing with wildlife or removing rocks and coral, explore and appreciate the ocean. Encourage others to appreciate the environment by participating in local beach cleanups or encouraging others to do so. On turtle nesting beaches, turn off the lights at night and support sustainable development initiatives.
Shop marine-friendly products
Certain items contribute to the devastation of coral reefs and marine life. Coral jewelry, tortoiseshell hair accessories (produced from hawksbill turtles), and shark products should all be avoided. Sharks provide squalene, which is used in cosmetics.
Choose to be ocean-friendly pet owner
When choosing a diet for your pet, read the labels and think about how sustainable the seafood is. Never flush cat litter down the toilet, as it may contain diseases that are dangerous to marine life. Avoid putting wild-caught saltwater fish in your aquarium, and never release aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water, as this can introduce non-native species that are hazardous to the ecology.
Support your local environment organizations
Many organizations and institutes are working to safeguard ocean environments and marine life. Look for a national organization to support and consider donating money or volunteering for hands-on work or advocacy. If you live near the seaside, get involved in local projects by joining a local chapter or club. Sign petitions to support these organizations' efforts to promote ocean-friendly legislation and policies.
Refuse to attend Dolphin or Orca shows
The general public is becoming increasingly worried about the practice of keeping marine mammals in captivity, thanks to documentaries like Black Fish and The Cove. Do your study and don't spend your money to visit these creatures in captivity to encourage such attractions to change their business methods.
Be responsible when traveling in ocean
Boating, kayaking, and other water-based recreational activities should all be done responsibly. Never toss anything overboard, and keep an eye out for marine life in the area. When feasible, stay in eco-friendly hotels and resorts. If you're planning a cruise for your next holiday, do your homework to identify the most environmentally friendly alternative.
This world Oceans Day, we must strike a new balance based on a real understanding of the ocean and humanity's relationship with it.On World Oceans Day, we need to create an ocean connection that is inclusive, innovative, and guided by historical lessons.