May 08, 2019 4 min read
Planet Mermaid is committed to saving the ocean and wants to make similar minded folk aware just how important it is to us and primarily what we can do to help save it from ultimate destruction.
The ocean is the largest ecosystem on our Earth and it is fundamentally our planets life support system. Living oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce climate change impacts. It is vital to the interest of humankind.
To put it bluntly our oceans can exist without us but we as humans cannot exist without them and ironically it is us humans that are destroying this amazing eco system.
Did you know that in the UK no one lives more than 70 miles away from the coast!
Primarily the biggest problems facing our oceans are human numbers, carbon-dioxide driven warming and acidification, overfishing and plastics.
What can we do to help!
Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work. A few things you can do to get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs and huddle up or use a fan to avoid oversetting your thermostat.
Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for overexploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable.
Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact carry a reusable water bottle, store food in non-disposable containers, bring your own reusable bag when shopping and recycle whenever possible.
Every year, around 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the ocean, where it can prove fatal to marine life.
Whether you enjoy diving, surfing or relaxing on the beach always clean up after yourself. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks and coral. Go even further by encouraging others to respect the marine environment or by participating in local beach clean-ups.
Certain products contribute to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine populations. Avoid purchasing items such as coral jewellery, tortoiseshell hair accessories and shark products.
Read pet food labels and consider seafood sustainability when choosing a diet for your pet. Never flush cat litter which can contain pathogens harmful to marine life. Avoid stocking your aquarium with wild-caught saltwater fish and never release any aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water, a practice that can introduce non-native species harmful to the existing ecosystem.
Many institutes and organisations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. Find a national organisation and consider giving financial support or volunteering for hands-on work. If you live near the coast join up with a local branch or group and get involved in projects close to home.
Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water. Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you.
All life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you’ll want to help ensure its health—then share that knowledge to educate and inspire others.
There are a number of conservation organisations who are dedicated to protecting our ocean conservation, below are just a few:
Remember even the smallest of changes really can make a difference!
We would love to hear from you if you have already done or going to do your bit to help our amazing oceans. All you need to do is tell us your stories on our social media platforms so we can share with fellow mermaid lovers alike!
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