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11 things you can do to keep the oceans clean


The oceans could have more plastic than fish in 2050, the sea level could rise one meter and the waters become increasingly warm, acidic and hostile to the life they host. What can you do on a personal level to solve it?

The oceans need the involvement of all humanity - of course, especially companies and governments, the main culprits of their massive pollution - because they contain immense biodiversity, they are primarily responsible for carbon sequestration and the rise and warming of their Waters could lead to up to 1 billion climate refugees by next 2050. Here you will find some clues to put your grain of sand and keep the oceans clean.

11 recommendations to keep the oceans clean

  • Constant information: Knowledge is power, so it is essential that at the self-taught level you stay permanently informed through documentaries, news in specialized media, papers, videos or social networks. Learn about how the waste you generate ends up in the sea.
  • Radically reduces the use of plastic: 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year, damaging water quality, destroying the habitat of marine animals and ending up in the organs of birds, fish, shellfish and many other living things. Use a water purifying jug, bring your own thermos or airtight bottle, go to nearby sources, buy in bulk product stores and say goodbye forever to single-use cutlery, swabs, plastic utensils or straws.
  • Support responsible companies: Acquire the products you need in establishments really committed to the planet, that have good waste management policies and that support the circular economy.
  • Bet on organic farming: If you have your own garden or urban garden, say goodbye to chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. Many of these components end up in the oceans poisoning marine life and generating “dead zones” in the seas. Around 500 of them already exist in the world and already cover some 245,000 square kilometers, approximately the size of the United Kingdom.
  • Collect trash from the beach: You can participate in local initiatives that clean trash from the beaches or individually collect from the banks bottles, cans, bags and other hazardous waste that can be trapped around the neck of birds and other animals, as well as conducted Deep in the ocean by the tides.
  • Donate or participate in organizations for the defense of the oceans: As far as possible, you can help with fundraising or collecting supplies for a cleaning effort. You can also contribute money to research efforts, conservation groups and educational foundations.
  • Be careful what you throw down the drain: Medications have been detected in the groundwater and in marine life. To give a chilling example, up to 4,500 wet wipes appeared on a 154 square meter portion of the River Thames in 2017, products that should never be thrown away by the WC due to their contaminating character, never floss, cat litter, insecticides, oil Vegetable, paint or buffers and compresses down the drain.
  • Spend less water: As the Surfrider Foundation points out, the excess water in waste treatment plants can overwhelm the systems, leading to contaminants passing through and reaching the oceans and rivers. Bet on shorter showers, do not leave the toilets running and reduce unnecessary activities, such as washing your car too much or leaving the water open while you brush your teeth.
  • Never throw trash outdoors: No used chewing gum, cigarette butts or any residue. There is a domino effect on any foreign element that enters a waterway, and often the consequence is that these small elements accumulate, generating serious problems for the local ecosystem.
  • Eat less fish and shellfish and worry that they are fresh and local: Bet on a plant-based diet to take care of the planet and in any case, reduce animal protein and find out where the fish that comes to your plate comes from. Find out if you have been raised in an ethical way that protects the ocean ecosystem.
  • Understand and reduce your carbon footprint: Carbon dioxide is not only responsible for air pollution, but also reaches the ocean. In fact, approximately one third of artificial CO2 reaches the ocean, equivalent to about 22 million tons per day. This can cause acidification of water, which affects the health of marine life, especially the shellless animals, that live there. Drive less, buy energy-efficient lights and appliances and use less disposable products.