Post Less, Do More – 8 Ways You Can Become A World Oceans Day Hero

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This Saturday June 8th is World Oceans Day – which means social media will undoubtedly be flooded with posts of people humbly bragging about their last vacation to a coastal destination.

But World Oceans Day is about so much more than ‘loving’ the sea – it’s about saving it.

SO, here are 8 ways that you can help save the ocean that require truly minimal effort. Take the time this weekend to share these solutions, rather than how the ocean makes you feel ‘wild and free’.

1. Hydrate Like An Ocean Hero – Ditch The Plastic Bottle

Our first, and easiest ocean action seems obvious, but SO many people still use them. STOP using plastic water bottles and invest in a re-usable bottle if you haven’t already!

Why pay for something that’s free? A re-usable water bottle will save you so much money over time, and they’re sold everywhere nowadays. Hydrate like the world depends on it because it does.

2. Balloons Blow – Find Other Ways To Celebrate

You may have seen in the news lately that municipalities are banning the intentional release of balloons into the environment.

Balloons (soft plastics) are the single-most lethal plastic to seabirds, and are commonly ingested by marine life like sea turtles ad marine mammals.

Find a less impactful way to celebrate your special events – there’re plenty of alternatives!

Photo: Brian Yurasits

3. Know Your Food – Overfishing Is Killing Our Oceans

The most direct threat to our oceans is commercial fishing. Did you know that 1 in 5 fish sold around the world are caught illegally? And that seafood mislabeling runs rampant – what you’re eating isn’t always what it seems.

Industrial agriculture also leaves a massive impact on our oceans – from cow’s methane contributing to climate change, to runoff creating dead zones along our coasts.

What ca you do? Know where your food comes from. Buy local, sustainably produced food. It’s better for your health, and the health of our planet. Maybe even start a backyard garden! And try eating lower on the food chain

4. Set an example for others to follow

We all have a bigger impact on our friends, family, and neighbors than we might think. Share your knowledge on marine conservation issues with the people around you. SHOW them how it’s done.

It’s easier than ever to take action on ocean conservation. Participate in a beach cleanup or citizen science project!

Nothing inspires someone to change like seeing one of their peers take initiative.

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Photo: Wax Scrappler. Beach cleanups are a great way to show your community what’s polluting our oceans.

5. Understand The Impact Of Your Pet

We all love a good boy, but what if I told you that your doggo can seriously harm coastal species?

Not only do dogs and cats eat copious amounts of meat (see action #3) – but they can scare away vulnerable species from beach habitats.

What can you do to reduce the impact of your pet? Follow the signs when you’re outdoors – keep your dog on a leash and if dogs aren’t allowed in an area, respect that.

6. Support clean energy in any way you can

Climate change may seem like a daunting problem that we have no power over. But there are plenty of ways you can reduce your carbon footprint at home and in your country.

Vote for sustainable climate policies, invest in solar as a homeowner, carpool, fly less, eat less meat, bike to work, plant a tree….there are more opportunities than you might believe!

7. Volunteer with an ocean non-profit

If you want to take your environmental heroism to the next level, find a local non-profit whose mission you wholeheartedly believe in, and lend them a hand! We all have expertise that can help ocean conservation – from marketing and finance to filmmaking and graphic design.

We need your help now more than ever!

8. Read!

Knowledge is power. So stay updated about the latest ocean news happening around the world and at home.

When you understand the problems we face, it’s easier to take action on your own. And you won’t need to rely on a blog post to tell you what needs to be done – it’ll come naturally.