Happy Earth Day from everyone at Marine Conservation Institute! We hope each of you have a chance today to spend a little time outside and appreciate the incredible planet we all share.
We also wanted to share with you 3 simple things you can do today to help our oceans!
- Try avoiding single use plastics. Bring your reusable water bottle to work instead of buying water. Going grocery shopping? Bring a reusable bag or invest in one in store, they will cut your plastic consumption and many stores will give you a discount when you bring your own bag! Studies show that 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans each year! Many of these end up being single use items such as plastic bags and bottles.
- Skip the seafood. While we know that California roll sounds delicious, try opting for something else just as tasty. Roughly 85% of world fish populations are fully-exploited or overfished. The US imports 90% of its seafood from abroad and a 2013 study found that 33% of fish, of the over 1,000 sampled, were mislabeled. Since it’s tough to track exactly what you’re eating, opt for a veggie roll.
- Recycle. It may be an oldie, but it’s a goodie. Recycling is one of the best ways to help the environment and the effects can be seen almost immediately. Recycling one soda can saves enough energy to power most TVs for over 3 hours. The more we recycle, less waste enters the ocean, more energy is saved, and the more we help the planet. Take a moment to sort your trash, and toss that can where it belongs.
Don’t feel like you have to drastically change your lifestyle all at once, but consider taking on this challenge. Try these quick tips for one day and see how easy the sustainable revolution can be. Even small changes will have drastic effects on the planet’s health overall, and makes you a key player in our work to conserve the oceans, for us and future generations.
Earth image created by Reto Stöckli, Nazmi El Saleous, and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA GSFC.