10 Things You Can Do To Help Protect Marine Life
7. Properly Dispose of Waste
Be sure you are doing your share by disposing of items properly and recycling when possible. You probably already know that household chemicals such as paint and motor oil require special disposal. But not many people realize that fishing line and plastics like balloons are also hazardous to marine life. Creatures as large as whales get tangled in masses of fishing line, and animals commonly mistake balloons for food. Take steps to see that these items are properly recycled when possible, and practice proper disposal of items that are not recyclable.
6. Demand Sustainable Seafood
Ask your seafood retailers how the fish they are selling was caught. This includes the clerk at the seafood section in your local grocer, the manager in a seafood store, or a waiter in a restaurant. Even if they do not know the answer, you’ve planted the seed, and they may make it a point to know the next time you see them. Restaurants and seafood stores may even begin to advertise themselves as using only sustainably-harvested fish, and other businesses may follow suit.
5. Lend A Hand
Volunteer for a cleanup of a park, pond, or other site in your neighborhood, and take the family along with you. It is a perfect opportunity to teach children about the hazards facing the environment, and also demonstrate how you are trying to make it safe for them and their children. Explain to them why you are volunteering and the good you hope to contribute. Be sure they realize how it is everyone’s responsibility to keep our oceans and environment free of toxic materials and waste.
4. Save Energy
Climate change affects the ocean and its inhabitants as much as it does land creatures. Even a small change in ocean temperatures can have disastrous affects. Conserve energy whenever you can by unplugging unused appliances, shutting off lights when you leave a room, and carpooling or using public transportation more. Take advantage of tax incentives to install solar panels if possible, and support local initiatives to adopt renewable energy sources.
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