70% of our planet is covered by the most valuable natural resource called oceans. Oceans are gigantic bodies of water that serves humanity in many ways- from providing food to simply beautifying our planet earth.
And what are we doing in return? The facts will shock you. Eighty percent of pollution to the marine environment comes from the land. 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year. Human activities are continuously eroding marine life. Overfishing is driving many fish populations to extinction, carbon emissions are acidifying the water, and rising global temperatures are making it very difficult for the marine life to survive.
Plastic is the ubiquitous material that is threatening everything that depends on water and is degrading the health of oceans at an alarming rate. So now it is very important to stop polluting the oceans further and start cleaning them to sustain the beauty of our planet.
Following are some simple steps, we all can adopt to clean oceans:
- Try to limit the use of energy:
- Use public transportation instead of your own vehicle.
- Use high efficiency appliances in your home.
- Turn off appliances when they are not in use.
- Turn up your thermostat a few degrees in the summer and down a few degrees in the winter.
- Try to avoid non-biodegradable plastics:
- Avoid single use plastics.
- Use reusable plastic products.
- Use cloth grocery bags or paper bags and carry your own bag for shopping.
- Use glass water bottles instead of plastic bottles.
- Pick up the garbage near beaches.
- Bring a trash bag with you for your garbage and volunteer for beach clean-ups.
- Buy ocean-friendly products.
- Avoid products produced through unsustainable or environmentally harmful methods. For example: cosmetics containing shark squalene, jewellery made of coral or sea turtle shell.
- Use little amount of fertilizers.
- Look for fruits and vegetables that are grown without pesticides.
- Choose non-toxic cleaning products and low-phosphate detergents.
- Share your knowledge with friends.
- Try to create awareness by telling other people about the plight of oceans and what can they do to make a difference.