clean oceans…
one step at a time

Save Oceans

Our oceans are a vital part of a healthy eco-system, and every little step we take towards a greener lifestyle is a step toward cleaner oceans. We’ve put together a top-ten list of things you can do to help keep our oceans cleaner and our earth greener.

  1. Vote
    Contact your representatives from local to national levels and let them know how important good ocean policy is to you. Exercise your right to vote and stay involved all year long.
  2. Eat sustainable seafood
    Keep up to date on sustainable seafood (there’s an app for that!) and ask questions at restaurants and the fish market. Look for terms like “line caught”, “diver caught”, “sustainably caught” or “sustainably harvested”.
  3. Reduce plastic throw-aways
    Plastic debris in the ocean degrades marine habitats, and because floating debris often resembles food, it can cause choking or malnutrition in marine birds, sea turtles and marine mammals. Switch to reusable plastics, give up the plastic grocery bags and keep plastics out of the waste stream.
  4. Pick up trash
    That plastic debris comes from somewhere, and most of it washes into the ocean as litter from beaches or upstream in rivers. If you spend a day at the shore, or along the banks, bring along a trash bag and contribute to the clean-up efforts.
  5. Reduce energy use
    Carbon dioxide has a negative impact on our oceans, making them more acidic, reducing coral growth and more. Take steps to reduce your carbon footprint.
  6. Handle with care
    Don’t toss hazardous materials into the trash. Things like motor oil, batteries and other hazardous waste need to be disposed of properly to avoid polluting the waterways.
  7. Fertilize less
    Fertilizers are picked up by rain water and carried downstream, eventually finding their way into the ocean, resulting in areas of low oxygen levels in the water. Reduce your fertilizer use, and switch to more environmentally friendly fertilizer choices (like compost).
  8. Buy ocean friendly
    Choose sustainable products – they’re good for the entire eco-system, including our oceans. Using your consumer power is one sure way to have big impact on global practices.
  9. Tell a friend
    Spread the word, the more people who are doing the same things, the greater the positive impact will be.
  10. Join an ocean-focused organization
    Oceana is the largest international organization focused 100% on ocean conservation. Also look to local groups like the Waterkeeper Alliance.

want a cleaner beach?
reduce plastic use

Today is World Oceans Day, the UN-designated day for the global community to celebrate and take action for our shared ocean. One of the greatest threats to the ocean is also one of the most insidious because chances are it’s so mundane you don’t even notice it. Look around you right now: how much plastic do you see?

The ocean is downstream from all of us so no matter where we live, so we can all help address the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean. Each year a huge amount of plastic eventually makes it into coastal waters and harms ocean life. Many animals such as seabirds, sea turtles, dolphins, and whales die every year from plastic entanglement or starvation because they fill up their stomachs on plastic they mistake for food. Take action for World Oceans Day and prevent plastic from harming ocean wildlife! Continue reading