I feel certain everyone alive today has heard of the awful conditions that our oceans are currently in. We have to learn how to save our oceans or we risk losing all the rich biodiversity and beauty it has to offer. With the Great Barrier Reef in trouble, so many of our marine species becoming threatened and endangered, innocent animals becoming entangled and injured with our discarded plastics and nets, it is time to take action and hold ourselves accountable.
Why is this important?
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, and multiple species of corals are just a small selection of sea-life that are in jeopardy. You may not think that it’s a big deal, but there is always a chain-reaction even from the smallest of events, and this could affect you more than you may think. Why should this matter to you?
- Approximately 70% of earth’s oxygen is produced by marine plants such as plankton and kelp.
Prochlorococcu – belong to a genus of tiny microscopic marine cyanobacteria. As far as we know this is one of the most copious photosynthetic organisms here on earth. Photosynthesis is the process of plants and/or organisms converting sunlight into energy and turning that energy into food. Oxygen is a by-product of this process.
- Over the last 5 or so years the Great Barrier Reef has experienced mass bleaching, and it is still struggling to make a come-back. The Great Barrier Reef (as well as all other reefs) are home to millions of organisms that supply us and larger predatory fish with food. If the corals are bleaching and dying off, those organisms lose their home and eventually die off. When they begin to die, the predatory fish that relied on that food source will begin to decline, leading us into a very bad situation considering the ocean is a significant food source for many countries. Some smaller countries rely heavily on that source.
Fast Fact – Many marine animals die from swallowing plastic bags they have mistaken for jellyfish.
What can we do?
We know pollution has become a major problem over the decades. Whether it’s a plastic bag that blew away in the breeze or an improperly disposed of fishing net, it can cause significant harm to sea-life.
Sea birds are even affected by this. Some will become entangled in discarded fishing nets and eventually either starve to death or die of strangulation.
Let’s work together to keep our world and ocean clean and healthy. Here are some simple things that you can do that would help tremendously in this effort:
- when you see trash on the beaches or floating in the water, take that few seconds of effort to pick it up and place it into a designated waste bin.
- When you are fishing and you change out your line, put it somewhere that it won’t end up in the ocean or on the ground.
- Use eco-friendly reusable bags instead of disposable plastic bags. I would like to add that using reusable water bottles is great as well. Reducing as much waste as possible will go a very long way.
- If you like to scuba dive or snorkel, leave all corals undisturbed. Do not sit or stand on any corals. Corals are extremely sensitive and in some cases can be damaged and die just from an accidental bump.
- Donate to the cause! Organizations such as https://4ocean.com/ are committed to helping reduce the plastics and other debris in our oceans. Support their efforts by purchasing a bracelet made of recycled materials, that which every purchase helps fund the removal of 1 pound of trash from our oceans.
We Can Make a Difference
The efforts of only one person can make a substantial difference. Set an example for others to follow and together we can be the change for better. We want to be able to give future generations the ability to see what an amazing world we have and teach them the power of what we can do to help keep it thriving.
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Thank you very much for your support.
Founder of justbeachlife.com