People will always need clean drinking water, air to breathe, new medicines, beauty, a climate they can live in, recreation and inspiration. It's important to understand that, we belong to something much bigger than ourselves. We should focus on the very best for the people we care about. In order to prosper as well as survive, we should focus on clean and healthy oceans.
An ocean is the largest ecosystem in the entire Earth, it's also known as the planet's life support system. Oceans provide at least half of the oxygen used in breathing by both human beings and sea creatures. Oceans hold more than 97% of the worldwide water. They also give not less than a sixth of the sea creatures which provide proteins to people. The living ocean will always absorb carbon dioxide from the entire atmosphere reducing impacts caused by climate change. The productivity and diversity of the worldwide oceans is a very important interest for humankind. Our economy, our security, and our survival need healthy oceans at a very higher rate. Below are some ways on how to Keep our oceans clean:
1. Minimize plastic use
About 50% to 80% of marine pollutants are plastics. Plastics break down into very small pieces, but never decays because they are non- biodegradable. The ocean's giant swirling current, five major gyres, often trap this debris, catalyses this substance of plastic to form toxic plastic soup in the ocean. Sea creatures may mistake these tiny pieces for food leading to choking or starvation to death. These plastic pieces may injure marine animals causing a swimming or flying challenge which may, therefore, lead to drowning. We can minimize plastic pollution by doing away with single-use plastic and using reusable bags, tableware, cups instead. A big difference may be attained when we aim at using less plastics and recycling used plastics. Through cleaning beaches and waterways we are actually helping in doing away with plastics in our beneficial oceans.
2. Reduce energy use
Climate change is usually linked to ocean acidification and the rise of sea level, both of which could affect marine ecosystems. Through making a perfect insulation, energy proofing your home, maintaining cooling and heating systems, and using energy saving light bulbs you will help minimize the hostile effects of climate change, and save some amount of money in the same process.
3. Keeping waterways and beaches clean
It should be well known that all waterways end up in oceans. Marine debris will automatically originate from the land. Even if you live a long distance farther from oceans, litter and plastics from your geographical area will definitely end up in the oceans because waterways wash them away depositing them in oceans. Help out by joining cleanups in waterways as well as beaches and never engage in littering the environment with non-biodegradable materials. Make sure you pick up after your pet and be a more responsible pet owner.
4. Be a responsible boater
Consider the use of maintenance and cleaning products that can not pollute the oceans. Dispose your recyclables and trash in right manner and follow discharge rules and regulations in your area.
5. Safe disposal of waste in the environment
When harmful waste is not properly disposed of, it leads to pollution of the oceans. You should, therefore, reuse and recycle whenever possible and good disposal of chemicals-never pour them in toilets or on the ground. Food waste, Grease, garbage disposal and trash in drains in drains can lead to blockages of water plants, which can, therefore, lead to leakages and overflow of sewage into the oceans. Always dispose of hazardous waste in well-maintained drop-off sites; never ever pour it into storm drains or sewers.
6. Use fewer chemicals in home products and garden
Chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides and household cleaners will always be washed away by splash erosion leading them to rivers which eventually deposits them in oceans. Farmers should focus on purchasing organic chemicals which can decompose with no harm to animals or plants and minimize the use of chemicals. it's advisable to sweep driveway rather than watering it because it will get rid of oil and other harmful residues from flowing into oceans. Reduce toxic household products.
In conclusion, we should be considerate when it comes to marine life. Marine homes are yours to make fun by diving, tide pooling, and surfing. However, you should not remove any marine animals from their respective habitat. Never engage in feeding wild animals and focus on laws of animals protection from any kind of harassment. Never buy products that can exploit marine life such as seashells and corals.