If we talk about ocean, then it is majority of people’s vacation destination all around the globe. People visit beach to feel the warmth of the sun beating down the skin, not only that it also makes people feel cool from blistering sun if walked down approximately 10 feet. It is also one of the best places for recreation, relaxation and entertainment. Inspite of it, being majority’s vacation destination, there has been a persistent problem of ocean pollution.
Human actions are the root cause of all these problems. So there has been many initiatives taken to shrink the problem but till date there has been no required output from it. The polluted ocean makes swimmers sick. Illnesses associated with polluted water include stomach flu, skin rashes, pinkeye, respiratory infections, meningitis, and hepatitis.
There is a huge need for the conservation of ocean since 97% of the world’s water dwells in oceans. The oceans are the biggest environments on Earth. It is a home to more than thousands of marine life, which we may or may not be aware of it. Due the human actions, the ecosystem of marine life has been disrupted. This has endangered many rare marine species out of which some has been extinct. To survive and thrive, we as a whole need sound oceans as it produces half of the oxygen that individuals breathe. It also absorbs carbon dioxide from the air and diminishes the effect of environmental change.
We all can contribute a bit to conserve the ocean as it is important for both the human and marine species.
The 5 Little Things we all can do to Save our Oceans;
Do not litter: It is obvious that when anyone goes to the ocean they take eatables along with them. It is not a bad thing but must ensure not to throw the garbage in the water. Instead, if any litter seen around then must pick and dispose it somewhere safe.
Use biodegradable products: The oceans gets due to the plastics cans, bottles, bags etc. So, people should make a shift from plastics products to the one that can get decomposed like jute bags. So even if left behind can get decomposed without any harm.
Consume less fuel: Consumption of less fuel helps to reduce the toxic carbon influences. High fuel consumption leads to the increase in ocean surface temperature. Less fuel can be done by carpooling instead of travelling alone, cycling instead using cars, motorcycles etc.
Consume less of sea foods: There has been enormous increase in the consumption of sea foods. This act will soon make the marine species endangered. This will disrupt the ecosystem of the ocean, so we must be picky when consuming sea foods.
Use less fertilizer: At the point when composts are utilized as a part of cultivating and agribusiness, the abundance in the end winds up in the sea. This is harmful, since all marine life expects oxygen to live, including fish and shrimp. Or else they should escape the region or kick the bucket.
There also many huge organizations and NGO’s who have taken initiatives in the conservation of ocean. Some of those organizations and the project led by them are as follows;
Institute for Ocean Conservation Science: The Institute for Ocean Conservation Science seeks after world-class inquires about into squeezing marine conservation issues.
Some of the projects run by them are:
- Open Ocean Book.
- Designing Shark Sanctuaries in Belize.
- Reefs of Hope.
- Coral Reefs and Human Health.
- Adverse Eco-Feedbacks.
The Pew Charitable Trust: “The Pew Charitable Trusts” in partnership with “Bertarelli Foundation” launched the “Global Ocean Legacy project” in an effort to establish the world’s first generation of great marine parks. It has worked with indigenous groups, which has resulted in the creation of nine major marine reserves.
- Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
- Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserves.
- Palau National Marine Sanctuary.
- Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.
- Coral Sea Marine National Park.
- Chagos Marine Reserve.
- Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.
- Kermadec Ocean Scantuary.
- Easter Island Marine Park.
Ocean Conservancy: It is another such organization who believes that healthy ocean means healthy planet. Some of the programs run by them to make healthy oceans are;
- Ocean Climate.
- Confronting Ocean.
- Protecting the Arctic.
- Smart Ocean Planning.
- Trash Free Seas.
Anyone who wants to lend their support to these organizations can do by supporting them financially. Or else they can also be a part of it by taking internship in these organizations, which will be beneficial and also a help to make the ocean a better place.