We are capable of doing more for the ocean than we realize. We need to start taking action now if we want to leave behind a secure future or it’s only going to continue getting worse. Here is a list of 24 ways you can save the ocean to get you started!
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1. Be a positive role model for the youth
If we teach them about the current state of the environment, they can learn how to prevent further damage from happening in the future.
2. Be an active member of your community
Educate people when you have the opportunity. There are many people who are willing to help! The only issue is they don’t know where to begin.
3. Become an ocean advocate
There are many organizations that you can join that help support raising awareness and cleaning up beaches all over the world such as the Surfrider Foundation.
4. Buy products that support sustainable and organic agriculture
Opt-in for buying items that are eco-friendly and non-toxic to the environment.
5. Do not litter in streams of water
When you are out camping near a river or a creek, make sure you never leave anything behind. Pick up your trash so it doesn’t end up in the stream where it can pollute the water and harm wildlife.
6. Don’t take live wildlife from the beaches
It’s normal to want to take a seashell or two from the beach as a memorable keepsake. It’s important to keep in mind that you should never disturb any live animals. Feel free to observe, but please never take them from their environment.
7. Don’t throw away old clothing
Textiles are one of the biggest problems in ocean pollution. Donate clothes you don’t wear to someone in need who will use it or to a local charity such as Acres of Hope. All the proceeds from their sales go to helping homeless women and children. It’s also one of my favorite places to shop secondhand! If you feel that your clothes aren’t suitable for donating, you can always cut them up and use them as cleaning cloths around your home.
8. Educate or get educated
Once again, educate others who don’t share the same knowledge you do when it comes to conserving nature. Don’t be afraid to get out there and meet people who are making a difference in the marine world such as oceanographers and marine biologists.
9. Encourage businesses to get rid of plastic
There are a few places such as Seattle that have decided to get rid of plastic straws and cutlery in their restaurants. However, there’s still a long way to go! It’s up to the community to help make it a worldwide change. Talk to your local neighbors and restaurant owners about switching to eco-friendly business models.
10. Form a society of positive people
Toxic relationships are unhealthy for the human mind just as much as they’re unhealthy for the environment. Being surrounded by negative energy can result in many bad and careless decisions.
11. Get rid of toxic chemicals in your home
Switch to natural and homemade cleaning solutions. They are better for your health and they won’t pollute the environment. Learn how to make your own DIY household cleaners, beauty products, and more by using resources such as Pinterest. I love making my own air fresheners and all-purpose cleaners with essential oils such as Rocky Mountain Oils.
12. Support local farmers or grow your own garden
Choose local produce that is grown without harsh chemical fertilizers. You can always learn how to grow your own garden if you don’t have access to organic and sustainable food in your neighborhood. It’s possible to grow healthy fruits, vegetables, and herbs whether you have a home with a large backyard or a small apartment with a small kitchen or patio.
13. Host events that support saving the ocean
You can help save the ocean by hosting your own event whether you live near a beach or not. There are plenty of organizations that can provide you with free tools and flyers to help you host an event. Check out this great guide from the Ocean Conservancy to get you started!
14. Never feed wildlife
A lot of people have grown up with the idea that it’s okay to feed animals in the wild. Most people fail to realize that you’re actually causing them more harm than you think. They are not meant to digest the same food that humans are consuming. It can make them sick or even kill them.
15. Reduce your use of plastic
Stop buying single-use plastic items such as straws, plates, cups, etc. Choose products that are eco-friendly, durable and reusable such as bamboo, stainless steel, and glass. One of my favorite switches was the 4-pack of natural bamboo toothbrushes by Gondola. The bristles are soft and the handle is biodegradable. The whole Gondola toothbrush is vegan which means that they don’t test on animals or use any animal parts in their product!
16. Cook at home
Reduce the amount of take-out you have every month to avoid all the unnecessary food packaging that’s non-biodegradable.
17. Speak up if you see someone harming the environment or animals
When you see that something isn’t right, speak up! You can either calmly approach the individual and talk to them about what can happen when you mishandle wildlife or you can call your local marine center that will send out someone to patrol the area and investigate.
18. Support organizations that clean up the ocean
You can donate to organizations that are on a mission to clean up beaches all around the world. If you can’t make a monetary contribution, you can volunteer by joining a clean-up crew or getting the word out to your friends and family that might be interested in helping.
19. Take a diving class
The best way to learn about the ocean and the impact humans have on it is by directly facing the problem. Sometimes people have to witness the chaos themselves to believe it.
20. Take care of marine animals and other wildlife
Check local groups in your area that often look for volunteers that are willing to aid in rescues and rehabilitation of marine animals near major beaches, rivers, and forests that are being affected.
21. Take photos to teach awareness
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to show the public what is happening with our oceans. If you happen to come across something unusual or an individual doing something great for the environment, snap a quick photo and share it on social media. We live in a world where social media is a powerful tool for spreading awareness.
22. Test the waters
If you live near the beach or visit the beach often, volunteer to get certified on testing water levels in your area. This information can help make a difference and help local scientists come up with a solution to saving our waters.
23. Use your skills to get the word out
Are you a blogger, celebrity, or influencer? Use your skills and resources to gain attention and form a group of individuals that want to help.
24. Get out there and vote
Vote for politicians that care about the environment and the future of generations to come.
Take a step towards a brighter and cleaner future by doing one of these steps today. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but that doesn’t mean that it will never happen if we start making progress now.