If nothing else, this gives us some perspective regarding our role on Earth. We are treating our oceans like our own private junkyard, dumping tonnes of waste straight in – and what will the result be? More dead ocean areas, or no more marine life? What do you think will become of our oceans and what can we do to stop this?
How ocean pollution affects humans – Graphic by the team at DIVE.in
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
What you do on land can change the fate of what goes on off shore. Therefore, small changes in habits can have a large impact on improving our oceans.
1. KEEP YOUR SEWER DRAINS CLEAR
Prevent rubbish and chemicals from flowing into the sea. So, keeping your property’s drains clear is your responsibility.
2. DISPOSE OF PRODUCTS PROPERLY
Household cleaning products can threaten water quality. For example, batteries, paint and pesticides.
3. REUSE AND RECYCLE
Opt for no packaging when possible. For instance, carry a reusable water bottle, carry a cotton tote bag and recycle when possible.
4. PLANT AN ORGANIC GARDEN
Pesticides from gardens and lawns can wash into the ocean.
5. EAT SUSTAINABLY
Overfishing, loss of habitat and market demand has decreased fish populations. Most importantly, when shopping or dining out, choose seafood that is sustainably sourced.
6. RESPECT THE BEACH
Take your rubbish with you after a day at the beach, and don’t remove rocks and coral.
7. EXPLORE RESPONSIBLY
Next time you’re off on a dive, cruise or kayak – be mindful of the marine life around you. Find some eco-friendly tours and packages that will respect the marine environment.
FROM SUSTENANCE, NATURAL BEAUTY TO ECONOMICS – THE OCEAN PROVIDES PLENTY FOR THE HUMAN RACE. RESPECT THE OCEAN BY KEEPING IT CLEAN FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.