While reversing the damage we’ve caused to the ocean seems like an enormous problem to tackle, we can make a difference by each doing our small part every day. Through quick fixes at home, participation with larger organizations, and lifestyle changes, we can collectively make a positive impact on our oceans and our planet.
When you’re heading out for the day, whether to go to the office or run some errands around town, there are sustainable choices that you can easily make. Here are some reminders of how to live consciously on a daily basis.
Ask restaurants that use plastic products like straws and take out containers if they can make the switch to more sustainable plastic-free options. Set a good example by bringing your own food containers and a metal or paper straw whenever you are getting takeout. Carry a reusable water bottle wherever you go so that you are not tempted to buy a plastic bottle.
In 2019, transportation was responsible for 29% of greenhouse gas expenditure in the United States. Here are some more energy efficient methods of transportation than driving alone or flying.
Some of the easiest changes you can make are able to be done without even leaving your house. Start with these simple fixes today and you’ll reduce your bills and your carbon footprint at the same time.
Think carefully about what you are throwing away -- is it recyclable? If yes, then toss it in the recycling bin instead of the garbage. Purchase a composter to avoid food waste. You can then use the compost to fertilize your garden with rich nutrients.
Many household cleaners are filled with toxic chemicals that end up going down the drain or into a landfill. A lot of this waste and runoff eventually ends up in our waterways, killing vegetation and marine wildlife. Instead of traditional household cleaners, look for non-toxic, eco-friendly alternatives that are better for your health and that of the ocean.
Beyond small lifestyle choices, be sure to make your voice heard by volunteering in the community and participating in conversations about climate change and ocean conservation.
Whenever you are at the beach, take a reusable bag with you to use to temporarily hold any trash that you see while you are walking. As a step further, you can see if there are any beach clean ups happening soon in the area. If not, consider organizing one yourself, either with friends or with other members of the community. Make it a weekly or monthly event to help keep your beach clean from plastic and other trash on an ongoing basis.
While there are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint, it is very difficult to have a carbon footprint of zero without purchasing carbon offsets. Carbon offsets are achieved by doing something for the planet that absorbs some of the carbon emissions that you have created through consumption and lifestyle choices. The best and easiest method of offsetting your carbon emissions is to plant trees as they naturally absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Finally, don’t be quiet about the issues that matter to you. Here are some ways to stand up for what you believe in and help preserve our beautiful oceans.
Article by: Alexis Morgenstern, Content Writer at Wildlife Collections
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