Looking after the ocean should be a bit of a no-brainer, right? We all know that we should be taking care of our waterways and looking after the conservation of our oceans and all of the creatures that live within them.
But there might be a few tips that you hadn’t thought of, and a few things you were guilty of that really aren’t great for our ocean and her dwellers. The truth is there is always a little more we could be doing. Let’s have a look at 10 easy eco-friendly tips you could follow in your everyday life to help protect the ocean.
Why does the ocean need protecting?
The oceans are massive, right, and flourishing? Why on earth would they need our help?
Oceans play a vital role in regulating our climate and feeding all of the people and creatures on the globe. Oceans represent the world’s largest store of carbon and help to create most of the air that we breathe as well as keeping temperatures across the globe even enough for life to thrive.
According to the World Wildlife Foundation:
“As the climate responds to decades of increasing carbon emissions, the store of energy and heat from the atmosphere builds up in the ocean. If we reach a tipping point, we will likely see more extreme weather events, changing ocean currents, rising sea levels and temperatures, and melting of sea ice and ice sheets—all of which aggravate the negative impacts of overfishing, illegal fishing, pollution, and habitat degradation”
Basically, the oceans are being threatened by a number of factors including:
- carbon emissions which cause climate change, raising the temperature of the ocean and the world
- the carbon makeup of the ocean is changing which is gradually killing off species of marine life and natural habits such as coral reefs
- they are also threatened by manmade rubbish and chemicals that make their way into the water.