National Marine Week – Monday 29 July – Sunday 4 August 2019
The Wildlife Trusts are asking everyone to share what they love about the sea.
So here are just some of the reasons why I love the sea!
It provides us with food, protects us from climate change, provides clean energy and is home to some of the world’s most magnificent creatures. It also provides us with fresh water to drink and generates the air we breathe. The list is endless …
For me, being by the sea is therapeutic. The sights, the sounds, the smell, the taste, the touch, the roaring sound of the waves, the peace and calm and the escapism it provides. Whether it’s summer or winter, I’ll be there taking in the sea air and feeling grateful to be able to do so.
Our oceans cover 2/3 of the Earth’s surface however they are not as healthy as they could be. The biggest threat to its health? Sadly, it’s us. Human activity is the biggest threat to our oceans. But it’s not all bad news, we are also the biggest catalyst for change. We can begin to reverse the effects of climate change by reducing the amount of plastic we consume. Here are 5 simple ways to do this:
- don’t buy plastic water bottles, buy a reusable one and refill it
- bring your own refillable flask to the coffee shop
- get used to bringing your own bags to the supermarket (preferably fabric, not plastic)
- say no to plastic straws
- if you enjoy a trip to the beach this summer, please bring your rubbish home with you. Discarded rubbish has massive implications to ocean life by harming our eco systems and eventually ending up back in our food chain.
These are just some of the things we can do that are easily manageable for us all to carry out. There are over 7 billion people on this planet and if each of us did something different every day we would soon see the changes needed which are essential to protecting the health of our oceans.
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