We’re all guilty of sitting on the beach, watching the sun go down from the cliff, posing casually facing the Ocean and taken advantage of the beautiful Ocean we all spend our hard earned pennies to go and visit throughout the year but despite its size and its fiercness, she needs us and I wanted to take your attention today to the things which need to be done to ensure the beauty of our beloved Ocean and the risks she’s currently facing.
This past week was World Oceans Day and it’s something that should get more attention than it does. I spent some time reading as much as I could to increase my knowledge on what to stop doing and what to start doing to try and preserve our dear Oceans. I’ll share a few of my favourite facts, sad truths, resources and tips on how to do your part!
Some quick facts about the Ocean to highlight its importance and size!
Our Ocean covers over 70% of the Earths surface
94% of living species on Earth are within the Oceans – this is how many species are at risk when we don’t respect our Oceans!
According to the World Register of Marine Species there are 240,470 species but more are discovered every single day
Earths oceans are so vast, only 5% have been explored
It’s not just living species under the water, the Worlds longest mountain chain is under there too
There are more historical artefacts under the Ocean than in all the Worlds museums combined
The Ocean produces over 70% of our oxygen
What is happening to our Oceans?
Plastic waste kills up to one million seabirds, 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles and countless fish each year.
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic every minute.
By 2050, there will be more plastic in the Ocean than fish
So, how can we help?
The main focus is limiting your plastic usage which has never been so easy. With re-usable cups, tubber ware, straws and more on the general market and at affordable prices, there’s no excuse; often you’ll even get your takeaway coffee cheaper if you provide a reusable mug!
Always clean up after yourself wherever you go, whether at the beach, in the park or even having lunch out sitting in the sunshine, make sure your rubbish isn’t going to blow away in the wind and into the wild before the waitress can get there to tidy away.
Carry a bag with you or have one in your car; this way if you’re out and about and spot a lot of litter you can pick it up and bin it appropriately. Unfortunately there will always be someone who doesn’t care but it’s not just your litter that matters. Get your friends together and do a beach clean, post about it online to spread the word!
To get your fashion fix, support brands online who donate a percentage to good causes such as Wholesome Culture or create products using recycled plastics which would otherwise be in landfill like Girlfriend Collective.
Check out these helpful resources to learn more:
Follow World Oceans Day on Instagram to keep it on your mind
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