Even The Small Changes You Make Can Contribute To Overall Ocean Conservation

By Peter Stevens
There seems to be a lot of discussion in the political arena over whether or not global warming and climate change are real. The vast majority of the population looks at the melting icecaps and rising sea temperatures and sees a problem. Others dismiss the signs as the rantings of liberal alarmists. What should not be argued however is how vital the oceans are to human survival, which makes ocean conservation the responsibility of everyone.

If you are one of the people who respects the environment and is concerned about any negative impact you could have on it, there are some simple things you can do. Teaching your children that walking and biking are viable modes of transportation and that they don’t emit noxious fumes into the atmosphere is a beginning. You can turn out lights when you leave a room and turn the thermostat down when you leave the house.

Our love of convenience has made plastic so common we forget how harmful it can be to the environment. Dumping it into the oceans destroys marine life and contributes to trash islands. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch was created out of trash gathering where currents and winds come together. The Atlantic has its own trash island in the Sargasso Sea. You can do your part by recycling, reusing water bottles, and opting for cloth shopping bags instead of plastic.

Beaches are amazing wonders of nature. People love to visit them and sometimes leave their trash behind like calling cards. You should teach your children to pick up everything around them when they leave a beach. They need to understand that, when diving, snorkeling, and swimming, it is not acceptable to collect coral and underwater rocks for souvenirs.

A lot of people love to eat seafood and believe fish is a healthy alternative to red meat. When you order rare and exotic species in restaurants and seafood markets, you are participating in the further destruction of a fragile ecosystem. Refusing to purchase items like shark teeth, tortoiseshell combs, and coral necklaces sends a message to shop owners that it is unacceptable to exploit marine populations.

Cat and dog owners need to read the labels on the food they feed their pets. You should never buy pet food that lists anything but sustainable seafood among the ingredients. Cat litter is not for flushing, no matter how it is advertised. Wild saltwater fish are not acceptable pets for aquariums, which should never be emptied into open water.

Education is key when it comes to informing the younger generation about the importance of conservation. You are teaching by example when your children see you researching how your political representatives vote on these important issues. Children will notice if you choose to frequent only restaurants that offer sustainable seafood on their menus.

We may not be able to destroy the earth, but we can destroy our ability to inhabit it. Plenty of damage has already been done. It is up to each individual to prevent further harm.

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