Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Live green by conserving water, eating organic food, being vegetarian, and buying non-toxic products can help lessen global warming, which is causing water temperatures to rise, upsetting the oceans’ delicate balance.
Take Your Car To The Carwash
Washing your car at home not only uses 60%-percent more water than a commercial car wash, but the untreated detergent runoff ends up in streams, lakes, and the ocean.
Pick Up After Pets
A recent U.S. Geological Survey study of streams and creeks in Kansas showed that pet-waste germs made up approximately a quarter of the bacteria in samples collected from local waterways. When enough bacteria get into the ocean, they can cause beach and shellfish-bed closures and threaten the drinking supply.
Watch What You Wash Down The Drain
Cooking grease, excessive food waste, and trash in sink drains and disposals can accumulate in city sewer lines and cause blockages that create sewage overflows into the ocean. Only use the disposal for organic waste.
Use Natural Personal-care And Laundry Products
Everything you put on your body eventually goes down the drain when you shower, as does the water from your washing machine. Waste-water treatment plants are not equipped to filter out these types of chemicals.
Be A Green Boater
Use nontoxic cleaning products and paints over a drop-cloth, recycle used oil, and schedule regular maintenance to avoid fuel and lubricant leaks.
Organize Clean-Ups Of Nearby Beaches
Last year, volunteers collected almost 18,000 pounds of debris from 130 miles of coastline, according to Coastsweep, a UMass-Boston group that organizes statewide cleanups.
Use Cloth Shopping Bags
Plastic bags cause the deaths of 100,000 marine animals each year when the animals mistake them for food, so if you must use them, always recycle them in the bin at your supermarket.
Choose Your Fish Carefully
Many marine species are over-fished, and some have high levels of mercury and PCBs. Buy only “ocean-friendly seafood”.
Cut Up Mono-filament Fishing Line, String, And Rope Before Discarding
Seabirds and other creatures can get tangled in lines, and marine mammals often mistake balloons for food.
Vote With The Environment In Mind
Lobby your legislators to end harmful fishing methods, set tougher safety standards for oil spills, and keep shoreline development in check, among other things.
Use Less Plastic And Always Recycle
According to Greenpeace, about 10 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean annually; much of it has collected in a spiral in the north Pacific. The “garbage vortex” is the size of Texas, and it’s not getting any smaller.
Help Prevent Air Pollution
Air pollution contributes to water pollution and increases acidity in oceans and lakes. You can reduce your output by avoiding aerosols and driving less, for starters.
Use Only Natural Lawn Products, Landscape Your Property To Lessen Erosion
About 60 percent of soil that’s washed away ends up in waterways, bringing pesticides, fertilizer, and terrestrial bacteria with it.
Don’t Flush Unused Or Expired Medications
Hormones, antidepressants, painkillers, and other drugs are showing up in our water supply and harming aquatic life. Crush unused pills and throw them away in kitty litter, used coffee grounds, or other unpalatable items.
If You Have A Saltwater Fish Tank, Buy Only Marine Aquarium Council-certified Fish, Never Return Them To The Ocean
Pacific Lionfish is just one species that has proliferated in the southern Atlantic and Caribbean after hobbyists released the fish when they got too big for their tanks. A single Lionfish can reduce recruitment of other fish on a reef by a staggering 85%-percent, and these apex predators are threatening both commercial fishing and tourism.
Flex Your Consumer Power
Learn about companies’ environmental policies and buy only from those that promote green practices. Don’t buy products that exploit the oceans, such as coral calcium, shark cartilage supplements, and coral jewelry, and if you take fish oil, you can substitute equally healthy flaxseed oil.
Don’t Throw Trash In Waterways
Cigarette butts, which take up to five years to break down in saltwater, can kill birds and aquatic animals that mistake them for food.
Don’t Use Antibacterial Soap
Its most common ingredient, triclosan, is not completely removed during waste-water treatment, and is toxic to marine organisms.
Don’t Use Soap In Or Near Open Water
Only three parts per million can kill sea urchin embryos, for example.
Dispose Hazardous Waste Properly
Take motor oil, paint, antifreeze, pesticides, and solvent containers and leftovers to a hazardous waste drop-off site rather than pouring them into storm drains or sewers. Clean up spills rather than hosing them into the street.
Service Your Septic System
Make sure your septic system operates properly by having it inspected and pumped at least every three to five years.
Take Up Scuba Diving
It’s safe and will help you appreciate the underwater world.
Use Waterproof Sunscreen
Don’t be a one-person oil spill. Greasy, oily sunscreen leaves a sheen of residue on everything including the ocean.
Use Newspaper Or Popcorn As Packing Material
Never use plastic peanuts and make sure to recycle all plastic material you receive from shipping boxes.
Use Organic Fertilizer
Using compost and organic fertilizers in your lawn and garden keeps rivers and streams clean and free of toxic chemicals.
Ride your bike, walk, use public transportation or carpool to cut down on carbon emissions.
Support Save The Whales, Save The Shark Campaigns
We rely on the top predators of the sea in order to keep eco-systems in balance including carbon consuming plankton.
Say No To Drilling
Offshore drilling results in a wide range of health and reproductive problems for fish and other marine life.
Make A Donation
If you can, provide financial support.