Join us in caring for the world´s oceans! This Friday, 8 June 2018, is dedicated to just that. As you are probably aware, there are many threats to marine habitats that affect both plants and animals, such as ocean acidification, warming, eutrophication, and of course acoustic and plastic pollution.
As we have often reported on this website, the focus has recently been on the appalling amount of plastic waste present in even the most remote places. This poses threats not only to ocean inhabitants as they consume pieces of plastic (often mistaking it for food) or are physically harmed (as in entanglement), but think of what happens when fish consume microplastics, and we humans in turn consume them? And who can enjoy a diving or surfing adventure when surrounded by plastic trash? This is clearly not the state we would like our oceans to be in, so it is up to all of us to be part of the change.
Even a small effort can contribute to a more sustainable marine world. For example, every time you see plastic waste, pick it up and dispose of it properly. Do this even if you are not near an ocean, since trash can easily and up in rivers which eventually reach an ocean. Become aware of the amount of disposable plastic you might be using. Next time you are offered a plastic straw with your drink or bag with your purchase, simply decline. Luckily, more and more restaurants, shops, and even governments are cracking down on the use of disposable plastics. Thirdly, try living one full week without plastic – you might be surprised at how challenging this can be!
Photo credit: NOAA’s National Ocean Service, flickr/Creative Commons