28 December 2020|
5 things we can all do
They cover two thirds of the earth’s surface. They provide us with 50% of the oxygen we breathe. They are a refuge for 80% of the living species on the earth. We are talking about the oceans, the ultimate resource to protect to guarantee our planet’s future. Unfortunately, the health of these waters has been put in danger by human activity, and we are altering their characteristics and undermining the foundations of their biodiversity ever faster. The most important fight of all is that against climate change, because it is the only thing that will allow all of the other problems to be faced. But what can each of us, on such a small scale, do to save the oceans?
First of all, reduce our use of single-use plastic. That means choosing packaging made from biodegradable materials, or recycled or recyclable plastic. Choosing re-fills over products in new packaging in order to reduce plastic waste, and avoiding buying unnecessary objects that are dangerous for marine fauna, such as plastic straws.
But there are also other things we can do to make our contribution to protecting the oceans. Discover what!
Reducing your carbon footprint is useful for the oceans, but also for the protection of the environment in general. Reducing your footprint means adopting a virtuous lifestyle, orientated towards limiting carbon dioxide emissions.
How can we do it? Take the bike instead of the car, the stairs instead of the lift (it’s good for your health, too!), remember to turn off the lights, try to shop from the nearest supermarket. If possible, install energy-saving devices or use sustainable sources.
If you are interested to know your ecological footprint and how you can reduce it, here is a useful quiz, created by the Swiss section of the WWF!
It is never too early to start following good habits! Educating a new generation on environmental issues is fundamentally important for the future of the earth. Here are some activities you can do with the little ones, so that their environmental conscience grows along with them:
But underneath it all, what better way to teach our children or grandchildren respect for nature than setting a good example? When you go to the beach, the river or the lake for a day of relaxation, give yourself a little goal: pick up three plastic objects left in the area. This is something we can all do to save the oceans, and we have strength in numbers! Taking a plastic bag or a piece of plastic packaging away from a stream of water is a small gesture that could save the life of a dolphin or a sea turtle.
Saving the oceans? We can do it while we are looking after our pets, too. Animals make us better people; let’s not disappoint them! Here is some advice:
To understand, you need to be aware, and to be aware, you need to do research. The oceans are immense, but there is no shortage of books, websites and documentaries about them! Even if the marine world remains a mystery – indeed, according to scientists we have explored only 5% of our oceans – there are countless sources you can use to find out about this fascinating world. Here you can find some links to start your exploration:
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