Every year on 8th June, World Ocean Day is celebrated around the world. It aims to bring awareness to how important it is to protect our oceans, not just for the planet but for our livelihoods.
70% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean and without it we would not survive.
10 Ways To Help Save The Ocean
1. Carry a reusable bottle
It saves you money and reduces the amount of single use plastic
2. Use bamboo, glass or metal straws
Paper straws are also a great alternative for a picnic or party and can be recycled!
3. Observe and don’t touch
No matter how tempted you are to be the next Octopus Teacher or to touch that cute little clown fish, please don’t. The more animals get used to us the more harm we can cause to them and even to us!
4. Use a reef safe sun cream
Many sun creams contain chemicals such as Oxybenzone which can critically damage and bleach coral reefs that have taken thousands of years to grow.
5. Host or volunteer for a beach clean up
Even the smallest of actions can help and that one piece of plastic you pick up can save a marine animals life
6. Use a reusable bag when shopping
Canvas bags and “plastic bags for life” are a great swap. It’s those pesky plastic carrier bags still found in some supermarkets that turtles mistake for jelly fish that we need to eradicate.
7. Share the Ocean message with others
Sometimes it’s hard for people to understand why they need to protect the ocean when they’ve never seen below the surface. Help guide them through photos, fun facts and direct them to charities such as the Marine Conservation Society.
8. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
Did you know we can waste up to 8 gallons of water a day just by leaving the tap running! By turning the tap off whilst we brush, we are not only saving water but also helping to stop waste water flowing into the ocean.
9. Leave nothing behind
Whenever you visit a beach it’s so important to take your rubbish with you and recycle at home. Beach bins can very quickly start to over flow with rubbish, which ultimately ends up in the ocean.
10. Reduce your single use plastic
This is one of most important concerns for the ocean. We can’t eradicate plastic entirely out of our lives but we can reduce the amount of single use plastic we use. When I say single use, I am referring to things such as plastic drink bottles, straws, balloons, food packaging etc. Ways we can be better at this is by re-using every day plastic items such as take-away boxes and plastic bags and once they can no longer be used ensure you recycle them.