Actions We Can All Take to Ensure a Bluer World: 7 Ways to Save the Ocean

Actions We Can All Take to Ensure a Bluer World: 7 Ways to Save the Ocean

It goes without saying that we must assist the ocean. A portion of the Gulf of Mexico appeared to be a cauldron of flames last year due to a fire brought on by the rupture of an undersea gas pipeline. Even while the images and videos were horrifying, the truth is that our oceans always face problems; many of them are just less obvious.

Greta Thunberg, a young climate activist, is credited with saying “our house is on fire.” In this metaphor, the ocean is included even though the Gulf of Mexico fire has been put out.

It wasn’t just one event where the ocean caught fire. The effects of the climate crisis are visible everywhere. Some have no room for plausible denial since their connection to human activities is so blatant. Consider the Pacific trash vortex, also known as the Great Pacific garbage patch, which swirls in our waters and occupies an area of more than 600,000 square miles.

Other climate crisis-related occurrences, such as Texas snowstorms and severe heatwaves in the Pacific Northwest, can be dismissed as peculiar weather, especially if you’re hearing about them rather than experiencing them yourself. However, as these climate events occur more frequently, they continually leave local communities defenseless and serve as a stark reminder that infrastructure wasn’t designed to withstand such unheard-of extremes.

Of course, protecting our oceans—and, by extension, the food chain—requires more than just outlawing plastic straws and Styrofoam containers. In actuality, oil firms used the emphasis on human action to counteract the effects of climate change as a marketing ploy.

Many contend that businesses are only shifting responsibility by instilling guilt in the minds of consumers, and we agree with them. Joining a movement for climate justice is the finest thing you can do for the oceans. We can only compel states and businesses to accept responsibility for the destruction they have wrought on the world by establishing collective power.

Nevertheless, despite how much we know that reducing, reusing, and recycling are insufficient, we may manage our concern about the climate by taking little steps. In light of this, we’ve compiled eight straightforward steps that we can all take to protect our seas and, in turn, our world. Just keep in mind that the struggle for climate justice and accountability continues.

1. Composting and reducing food waste

Food waste accounts for 40% of the food supply in the US, according to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t realise how much food waste contributes to global warming. The fact is that surplus food rots and releases methane if it is not properly disposed of.

Despite not being hazardous to people, methane is extremely flammable. Methane directly causes or exacerbates problems like rising ocean temperatures as it is emitted into the atmosphere. Additionally, this adds to a number of problems, including coral bleaching and iceberg melting. But this food waste byproduct also seeps into the ground and taints the ocean floor, so it’s not just about atmospheric methane.

Methane emissions can be easily decreased by composting food waste. Instead of being buried in a landfill, potential food waste can decompose when there is oxygen present. Compost not only reduces methane generation, but it may also be used to enrich your own garden. Try lowering your food waste in addition to composting by shopping locally, according to a pre-written grocery list, purchasing unwrapped (or “naked”) products, and exercising your inventiveness as a chef when it comes to utilising food scraps and leftovers.

2. Eat fewer fish (or Fish Responsibly)

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), due to human activity, about one-third of freshwater fish are in danger of going extinct. We catch more fish than is necessary for human food in addition to adding approximately 400 million tonnes of pollution to the water every year. Furthermore, fish populations have already decreased by about 35% as a result of climate change.

Fish populations are quickly declining, and humans are part of the problem. Fish take years to develop, thus overfishing actually inhibits the capacity of species to naturally repopulate the ocean. Scooping up netfuls of fish from the ocean floor upsets entire ecosystems. Want to conserve the fish and contribute to the ecosystem recovery of the ocean? Reduce your fish consumption, and when you do, only buy sustainably caught fish from reputable vendors.

3. Decide to Use Plastic

-Freeway Life

According to National Geographic, 8 million tonnes of plastic debris are dumped into the ocean annually. Plastic trash, like food waste, poses a serious problem for the ecosystem of the ocean (s). Additionally, it immediately endangers marine life, which consumes plastics or becomes stuck in them and frequently perishes. It gets worse because only in the last 15 years has half of all plastic been produced, so it’s not just a matter of inevitable buildup. Plastics are certainly more cost-effective and handy, but there are serious consequences.

Therefore, many people are committing to a plastic-free lifestyle in order to aid in saving the ocean. The United Nations (UN) has even urged the people to consider how they dispose of plastic and methods we may live without it or replace it because the problem has grown so contentious. Grab some aluminium straws and reusable bags, and if you must use plastic, recycle it properly.

4. Fourth, lessen your carbon footprint

You may have heard this expression recently in reference to NFTs. The phrase “carbon footprint” refers to how much we contribute to the atmosphere’s greenhouse gas emissions, for those who need a fast refresher. According to research conducted by scientists, an increase in carbon emissions directly contributes to climate change and global warming.

The good news, though? Since it is a simple metric to measure, you may discover how to reduce your carbon footprint by making little changes to your lifestyle. Consider buying energy-efficient appliances, buying food from local producers, walking or bicycling, saving water, and turning off lights when not in use. These are certainly modest steps, especially in light of the enormous carbon footprints of household names, but they do add up.

5. Steer clear of anything that damage the ocean

Although plastic has already been brought up, did you know that several common personal care items can potentially affect the ocean? Because they include pollutants that are more difficult to degrade, they accumulate in the ocean instead of degrading naturally. The outcome? Marine life is harmed.

What products are responsible for all of this harm, then? It’s possible that many of your self-care products include harmful substances unless you’ve recently done an inventory of your toiletries. For instance, you should stay away from preservatives, the substance Oxybenzone, which is present in sunscreen, lipstick, mascara, and face washes, as well as micro-beads.

Want to thoroughly review your offerings? The Code of Federal Regulations contains a comprehensive list of marine contaminants. Consider switching to sustainable, zero-waste alternatives if any of your personal care products contain any of the contaminants listed.

6. Recycle your trash to properly dispose of it

We can handle food waste and plastic disposal with recycling, as you are probably aware. When Philadelphia launched the first recycling programme in 1690, recycling in the United States officially got its start on a broad scale. The recycling rate was only 7 percent at the time. To conserve the environment, people and businesses have launched a number of recycling projects over the years, with positive outcomes.

Cities all throughout the world have implemented more thorough recycling programmes as public awareness of the climate catastrophe has increased. The recycling rate is currently around 32%. Yes, that is a noticeable improvement, but there is still a very long way to go. Visit your local municipal or county website to learn more about how your community approaches recycling and how you can support the health of the ocean.

7. Uplift Climate-Focused Organizations and Activists by Educating Yourself, Volunteering, and Doing So

Education is crucial as always. After all, understanding the state of the ocean now is the best way to learn how to save it. There are many studies, books, podcasts, TED Talks, and other resources available that can give you a more complete understanding of the state of the oceans. Always rely on reliable, factual sources, such as National Geographic and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Visit the website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to learn more about federal policy. While well-known groups like Greenpeace are constantly in need of help, consider broadening the activist groups and organisations you support and learn from. Support and contribute, for instance, to lesser-known groups like Earthjustice that work to both combat climate change and advance climate justice. And give priority to helping Indigenous activists and Indigenous-led groups that are leading the fight to protect our water sources, forests, and land by supporting, learning from, and making donations to them. You should promote and support the following excellent organisations:

Movement of the sun

Native American Climate Action

Native American Environmental Network

Project for Lakota People’s Law

Of course, there are many, many more important organisations, therefore, as usual, look for regional organisations in your area in addition to those with a wider audience.

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