How you can help clean up our oceans

How you can help clean up our oceans

Did you know that it is estimated by the year 2050 we will have more plastic than marine life in the ocean? We dump over eight million metric tons of plastic into the ocean annually! That is more than this water body can handle!

The ocean is so polluted that there are 5 giant garbage patches around the world and 500 dead zones where marine life simply won’t thrive.

So how can you help clean up our ocean?

Be mindful of the waste you emit

It starts with actively paying attention to the waste you emit. The next time you pick up those disposable plates or cups, ask yourself, how will they be properly disposed of so that they don’t end up in the ocean! When buying clothes, pay attention to the material. Synthetic fiber emits small particles that escape treatment plants and makes their way to the ocean. Since it doesn’t degrade easily, the buildup of the same over time will suffocate the ocean!

Actively volunteer for ocean clean-up activities

Many organizations are working to clean the ocean. You can volunteer to be part of the team. You can also actively clean up beaches near you and the river banks to limit the amount of waste that makes its way to the ocean.

Take care of the agricultural nutrients you use

The next time you pick up that pesticide or fertilizer, be mindful of whether it will negatively affect marine life if it makes its way to the ocean!

Reduce your carbon footprint

If we don’t reduce our carbon footprint, with years to come, the ocean will be more acidic than it is. You can reduce your carbon footprint by limiting movement in private means as much as possible, especially if your car is not environmentally friendly. You can also do so by paying attention to the amount of energy you consume. Do you really need all the lights on in the house?

Vote environmentally conscience leaders and make the ones in office accountable

It is important to have environmentally conscience leaders in office, this way, they will work towards finding solutions to the dirty ocean.

Recycle as much as you can

If you buy or use plastic, ensure that you recycle as much as possible.

Tell a friend to tell a friend to tell a brother or sister

Actively engage those around you about the effects of a dirty ocean. Advocate for minimal waste and proper disposal of plastic. Also, advocate for recycling and limiting the use of products that may negatively impact the ocean such as some pesticides, clothes, beauty products, and jewelry.

Support organizations that actively clean the ocean

Every penny counts in the fight to clean the ocean. Donate as much as you can to organizations that make it their mission to clean the ocean!

If you must smoke, do it right

Dispose of your cigarette butt well and avoid littering.

Conclusion

If we all actively work towards cleaning the ocean, we will not have to worry about the sickening research that estimates that by 2050 we will have more plastic than fish in the ocean!…

Why we need to clean up our oceans

Why we need to clean up our oceans

The Ocean is beautiful to look at, explore, cruise on, and take pictures. But, unfortunately, under all that beauty lays a heartbreaking monster. We have dumped a lot of garbage into the ocean that ocean life is getting affected!

There is plenty of plastic waste that has made its way to the ocean. You may be thinking, what harm will a “little” plastic do? But, the repercussions of this waste will affect generations of human life if nothing is done!

It is heartbreaking to watch ocean life roaming freely in its habitat only to be accosted by plastic waste. Some have died in the process and others have been maimed. If we wish to preserve marine life then we need to actively clean its habitat.

Why do we need to clean up the ocean?

  • Marine life can ingest plastic waste and ultimately die
  • Marine life can get entangled in plastic waste and get maimed or die
  • All that waste finding its way into the ocean will ultimately cut down on oxygen and result in millions of dead marine life
  • With the shortage of oxygen in parts of the ocean, marine life will be forced to migrate and ultimately disrupt the balance of marine life in the new place
  • Swimming or bathing in contaminated water will ultimately affect your health
  • If not cleaned up, the economic impact of the polluted ocean will be felt for generations. It will affect the fishing industry, the shipping industry, and the tourism industry among others
  • If the ocean is not clean, it will ultimately affect the weather
  • A clean ocean will continue reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
  • One way or the other, we need ocean water to survive

Unfortunately, it may not be possible to get rid of every pollutant or waste in the ocean. For every patch that we clean, unfortunately, more waste makes its way to the water. But, we should not give up and we should actively clean it up.

We are responsible for cleaning up the ocean. I say “we” because it ultimately affects all of us. If we actively clean the waters, we will preserve marine life and make it possible to enjoy the beautiful ocean years down the road.

Much as we may work towards finding solutions to the pollution, such as cutting down on plastic usage, we cannot turn a blind eye to all the cleaning that needs to be done!

How can we actively help?

  • We can actively cut down on plastic waste. Forget about disposables and embrace recycling.
  • If you live near the beach then you should actively volunteer to clean up the trash that is left behind
  • Hold companies or individuals accountable (exercise equipment companies have started doing their part by reducing their production line’s carbon footprint, as an example). Ask your favorite restaurant why it insists on wasteful plastic packaging
  • Watch the chemicals you add to your plants and lawns as they may make their way to the water system and ultimately the ocean!
  • Be mindful of how you use water at home as it ultimately affects the water system.

How dirty are our oceans?

How dirty are our oceans?

The Ocean is wide and mysterious with plenty of marine life still undiscovered. Unfortunately, pollution making its way to this beautiful water body may lead to the death of the undiscovered life and that that we already know. From chemical pollution to plastic waste, we are not giving the ocean the break it needs to thrive.

So how dirty are our oceans?

Well, decades of studies show that if we continue polluting the ocean like we have been then by 2050, we will have more plastic in the ocean than fish! That should make any sane person pause in horror!

Every year, tones of unmanaged waste find their way to the ocean. This waste affects marine life. Some  marine lives have been lost while others have been maimed.

There are over 500 dead zones in the ocean thus far where marine life is no more thanks to pollution. With the increasing number of dead zones, marine life is forced to migrate to “cleaner” parts of the ocean. This in turn disrupts the marine eco-system as the new marine life in a new spot is alien and may not get along with the species they find there.

The ocean is so dirty that every year, we lose millions of marine life to plastic waste alone! Imagine how much life is lost due to other pollutants such as chemical waste!

It is no longer news to find marine life entangled in plastic. Not to mention the millions that ingest the plastic.

Statistics indicate that there over 8.3 million tons of plastic being discarded into the ocean every year! That you give you pause! Imagine how much of that finds its way inside marine life bodies.

Plastic doesn’t degrade easily. It can take anywhere from 500-1000 years! Before long, we will have more plastic in the ocean than beautiful marine life. It will be fish swimming over plastic instead of the beautiful ocean bed!

As if the ocean is not suffering enough with plastic waste and chemical pollution, it also has to deal with agricultural runoffs and untreated sewage! Do you how much untreated sewage finds its way into the ocean?  Add to the list ocean mining, littering, air pollutants, and maritime transportation, and you have a very dirty ocean indeed.

The dirty ocean doesn’t only negatively impact marine life, it also affects human health. All toxic waste and pollution are affecting the reproductive system of marine life. We may be looking at extinct life before we even discover it.

The ocean is so dirty that there are reports of fish floating dead on the water because of the lack of oxygen! Research shows that tiny synthetic fibers and plastic microbeads (the kind used in personal care products) make up between 205-520 million pounds in ocean waste. These particles are too small to be filtered out by treatment plants and so they escape into the ocean.

We are emitting plenty of carbon to affect the ocean’s acidic levels. If we keep this up, we will have a very acidic ocean in the years to come! The dirt is so much that there are so far 5 giant garbage patches on the ocean. The patches are large enough to cover twice as much as Texas.

The ocean is dirty, too dirty for comfort and unless we actively work together to make it clean, we will not have a beautiful ocean in years to come!…