With the holiday season in full swing, the effects of humans on our oceans are very tangible to us. As surfers who live in close proximity to the ocean, we clearly notice the change in water quality, the plastics and trash floating around and washing up on the shore. But even if you don't live near the sea, you will definitely be aware of the fact that our oceans can use some help --all year round, for that matter.
Why is it so important to protect them? The ocean is the largest ecosystem on Earth, it is the planet’s life support system. Oceans generate half of the oxygen we breathe and, at any given moment, they contain more than 97% of the world’s water. Our very survival requires healthy oceans.
Luckily there are many who realise this, and are committed to marine conservation in various ways:
A scientist named Dr Dave Vaughan has succeeded in growing coral and replanting it on the reef, hereby helping to save the coral reef ecosystem.
Plenty of cafés now provide paper straws, helping to reduce plastic. These guys even produce edible straws made of seaweed!
4Ocean bracelets are made of recycled waste and for every bracelet purchased, you remove one pound of trash from the oceans.
So whether you support your favourite charity, turn down the plastic straw that comes with your next smoothie, organise a beach clean up with your mates or you're just aware of how your habits could affect the oceans, having a small positive impact isn't very hard to achieve.