9 Easy Things Everyone Can Do to Save the Ocean
It’s our responsibility to keep the oceans clean and, so far, we suck at it. Most of us don’t know we harm the ocean with ordinary things we do every day. Best of all, they’re things that are easy to stop doing, or to do better.
What’s at Stake
There’s still time to save the oceans — and our sushi menu — by being a little more careful. The next 10 years is critical to the survival of the seas. Think one person can’t make a difference? You’re probably right. It will take a lot of concerned, informed people committed to making changes, and big companies need to get on board, too. One person willing to speak out can make an impact. Here’s what you can do to make a significant environmental impact on your own, at home or in your personal life.
Put simply, if the oceans die, we die. Oceans cover more than 70 per cent of the earth, and provide 50 per cent to 85 per cent of the oxygen in the air we breathe. More than 97 per cent of the world’s water is in the ocean, and about one-sixth of the protein in our diets comes from fish and shellfish. Fresh water is becoming scarce in some areas, like California, and desalinating ocean water is our best long-term solution.
We — all of us — need to make some changes, and fast. Here are some small things with the potential to make a big difference.