Ocean in Crisis & 5 things we can do to save them

Summary based on WEF article “Our oceans are in crisis – here are 5 things we can do to save them”

Take-Aways

  • About 70% of the air we breathe is produced by marine plants, and 97% of the Earth’s water supply is contained in the oceans.
  • The ocean function as the planet’s biggest climate regulator.
  • the world’s oceans are choking in plastic, are fished to depletion, and warming waters melt ice caps and threaten marine life.
  • #1: Don’t use disposable plastic, and avoid plastic packaging
  • #2: Produce less waste
  • #3: Eat less fish
  • #4: Reduce your carbon footprint
  • #5: Make your pet ‘green’. How green is your pet?

Summary on the 5 things we can personally do

1. Don’t use disposable plastic, and avoid plastic packaging

Choose paper or glass containers over plastic packaging when possible. Avoid plastic bags and bottles, disposable cups, cutlery, straws and coffee pods.

This will help in reducing the approximate 8 Million tonnes of plastics dumped into our ocean which affecting our health through toxic chemicals contained plastic. These toxic chemical accumulated in the seafood and fish we eat.

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2. Produce less waste

In short, we buy too much things which we don’t need and consume far less.

Just try as best to reuse and recycle.

 

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Image: Plasticoceans.org

3. I need to eat less fish

According to UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the ocean are overfished and the world’s fish stock are exploited beyond their sustainable limits.

The solution? Eat less seafood and fish.

When you do eat it, choose sustainably caught or farmed varieties.

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Image: Source: UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)

4. Reduce my carbon footprint

Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere contribute to rising global temperatures, including a warming of the oceans. As a result, our seas become more acidic, leading to widespread coral bleaching, for example.

So, I need to think on how to reduce my own carbon footprint. It can’t be that hard, is it?

5. How green is your pet?

Well, I personally don’t have a pet. Very really fond of having one.

But if you do have one, here are some suggestion to make your pet ‘greener’.

If you own a cat or dog, its food and waste can badly impact the oceans.

A 2008 study found that the pet food industry uses 2.48 million tonnes of forage fish each year for wet cat food alone.

Forage fish, such as sardines, anchovies and herring are eaten by top ocean predators such as tuna, cod and halibut, whose populations have plummeted by up to 90%.

Also, do not flush cat litter down the toilet as it can contain pathogens harmful to marine life.

If you own an aquarium, do not buy saltwater fish caught in the wild and never release your pet fish back into the ocean.

Well, that’s it.

Thanks.

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