Water Wise | Ocean Sustainability
I’ve been living on a rock in the middle of the ocean for all of 24 years, so I see the impacts we have on our oceans first-hand. Unfortunately, not as bad as larger masses of land near oceans. Micro plastics to large masses of waste line our shores, and the planet as a whole is taking a hit. Blue Planet and Planet Earth have always been my favorite documentaries and with the more recent iterations, – Blue Planet II, Planet Earth II and Netflix’s Our Planet – we see how Earth is drastically changing due to humans.
Here are a few (of many) tips to help preserve our oceans and planet.
Reduce energy use.
Using energy produces carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels that are raising our oceans acidity. Because of this, we’re losing our coral reefs and our lush ocean floors are growing grey and brittle. Cars, home appliances and home lighting are all typically apart of our every day lives, but being mindful of how we use these resources are what will make the impact. Walk or use public transportation, energy efficient appliances, and consider switching your bulbs throughout your home.
About 80% of all of the plastic water bottles we buy are ending up in our oceans or landfills and ironically, are the biggest percentage of plastic entering our oceans. Be one more person to keep plastic out of our oceans by opting for reusable versions instead. Glass and stainless steel are great alternatives that can be used over and over again.
Due to climate change, sea life are losing their natural habitats as the years go by and by demand, unsustainable fishing is reducing our ocean life. Once bountiful seas are depleting and it’s all directly impacted by our choices. When shopping for seafood, be conscious of where and how the food was sourced.