With recent talk about President Trump’s decision to NOT sign the Paris Agreement, which aims to control climate change and its effects, being more cognizant of our treatment of the earth is an area in which we could all use improvement. The effects of climate change and global warming are becoming more and more apparent in the underwater world.
The ocean is home to millions of species of marine life. These animals live and breathe the ocean every day. Pollution, littering, and many other factors are restricting their ability to survive on a daily basis.
These factors are also causing coral reefs to decay. In 2016, Earth’s largest coral reef, The Great Barrier Reef, was pronounced “dead” due to global warming. Large portions of the reef have been bleached white and now provide no life support to the marine life that inhabit it.
Here’s the good news: You can greatly help save the ocean in numerous ways, starting now.
Reducing plastic use is a simple step that creates a great effect. Using reusable water bottles, such as a Swell bottle, instead of plastic ones eliminates excess waste left on beaches. Using reusable bags instead of plastic ones at grocery stores greatly reduces the amount of plastic consumed on a daily basis.
Respecting marine-life and their homes, even the ones that are on land, is another thing you can do to maintain the quality of our oceans. Many turtles lay their eggs on land and unfortunately, not even half of the babies make it to the ocean to start their lives due to humans messing with their nests. Coral reefs also are home to much marine life. You can help protect these creatures by not interacting with them.
Signing petitions and participating in beach clean-ups are good ways to get involved in the community by advocating for a good cause.
These are just a few of the things you can do to protect and maintain the survivability of our oceans. Choose one, or multiple, that you can start doing today. Together, we can restore the beauty and appreciation that our beloved oceans once held.