What Is Happening to Our Oceans and Ways to Clean it Up
Would you head to a dirty beach with trash strewn all over it, the water all dirty and carrying all sorts of debris? Chances are you would avoid such a beach and go out of your way to find a clean one with clear waters. However, have you ever asked yourself why some beaches and waters are clean while others are not? Do you take a moment to think of how you can help clean it up and maintain it so?
Our oceans despite being an essential part of life support due to their stake in water cycling and oxygen production have undergone poor treatment from humans. This interferes with marine life and destroys the environment at the coast. Trash is not only an eyesore but also a pollutant and harms the water, marine wildlife and even the humans themselves who frequent these beaches and swim in such waters. Oil spills are also a hazard to the ocean life and more often than not, many oil companies who cause them are not tasked with cleaning them up, punished in any way or enforced to employ measures that would prevent these spills.
As a result we have ended up with oceans having polluted water, suffering marine animals and beaches that are an injury waiting to happen to those who frequent them. In fact, did you know that by 2050, if no action is taken, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish? Yes, you read that right. A report from World Economic Forum estimates that by 2050, plastics will exceed fish by weight if no drastic cleanup and maintenance measures are employed. So, how can we clean up our oceans?
Learn About the Ocean
This will help you realize how your actions impact the ocean. By educating yourself on the ocean trash and pollutants issue and actions you can do to restore and protect the oceans, then sharing this information with friends and those around you, you are already taking the first step in clean up.
Be Cautious about Your Carbon Footprint
To save the oceans and prevent your contribution seek to always be conscious about energy using and the waste you create. Hence, be energy efficient, use fewer plastics as these end up as ocean debris and recycle, reuse and repurpose items as much as possible.
Responsible Ocean Travel
Be responsible on such travels and never throw anything overboard. During these explorations avoid buying anything that exploits marine life such as shark products and coral jewelry.
Always Clean Up After Yourself
Whether you are enjoying a day at the beach or just surfing and diving in the water, clean up afterwards. In fact, participating in local beach clean ups will give you great insight into this.
Support and Get Involved with Organizations Cleaning and Protecting the Ocean
This will help them in the clean up pollution efforts. By offering financial support, volunteering for advocacy and on other projects you can make a difference and inspire others to do the same.