5 Ways to Save The Ocean That You Probably Haven’t Tried Yet:
World Ocean Day is coming up on June 8th, and we wanted to share with you some ways to save our oceans that might be new to you.
Could you imagine a world without healthy oceans? There would be no coral reefs to dive or snorkel around, no dolphins jumping out of the water, no majestic whales to watch breach from the sea, and definitely no sushi for lunch…
Our oceans are the source of all life on Earth and 97% of global water production. (Source: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/oceans/)
Moreover, there’s a very important role the ocean plays in the Earth carbon cycle. The amount of carbon in ocean is approximately 50 times greater than the amount in the atmosphere. Did you know? More than ½ of the oxygen we breathe comes from the marine flora photosynthesis. (Source: https://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/oceanography/ocean-earth-system/ocean-carbon-cycle)The bad news is, there isn’t nearly enough awareness to the importance of our oceans and the sad deterioration of their health through human activities.
The good news is, there are still some ways to save the ocean that you might not have heard of yet!
- Treat corals and marine life with care
The corals and the marine creatures – For your eyes only!
If you’re reading this article, you probably love going to the beach, swimming in the ocean, diving or snorkeling among the coral. Sometimes, people refer to coral as rocks or plants…but they’re not, they’re actually animals! Not all people know this or know the harmful impact that touching them has on the coral’s health. Touching, stepping, and sitting on coral KILLS them!
Human touch on coral is like a drop of poison that can lead to the death of the entire colony. The oils from our skin can disturb the delicate mucous membranes which protect the corals. In addition, sitting and standing on coral reefs kills the coral polyps which build the reef structure and the harmful results of a kick to a piece of coral may not show until a few months afterwards.
Moreover, don’t touch the fish! Touching marine wildlife can be extremely detrimental to their health! For example, the Florida manatee becomes so stressed after being harassed and touched by snorkelers that they don’t eat or mate. Fish, although some may be so beautiful you might want to touch them, are very susceptible to human interaction. Touching fish can remove their protective coatings which leave them vulnerable to various diseases.
So, live by one rule of thumb when entering the water: Look, don’t touch!
- Join the Blue Revolution- Join the World Ocean Council (WOC)!
Support the ocean as a business, join the World Ocean Council! The WOC is an international non-profit organization that was established in 2008 as an ocean industry leadership alliance that is committed to “corporate ocean responsibility”. The WOC aims to build a community that brings together leaders from the various oceanic industries, including: shipping, oil, gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, renewable energy, ports, and many more. The community collaborates on the responsible use of the seas and shares their understanding of sustainable ocean development.
You can read more about this community, or join the World Ocean Council here:
https://www.oceancouncil.org [ECOncrete joined lately the WOC as part of our Ocean Day resolutions]
- Go carbon free!
Every person, community, action, and product, no matter the industry, impacts the heating and acidification of our oceans and seas due to their carbon footprints. A carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gasses that are emitted into the atmosphere through the production and transportation of goods and other services. Almost everything that we do in our modern world increases our individual carbon footprints through the burning of fossil fuels, like driving private cars, flying to vacation, turning on the lights at home, or even taking the elevator. These actions cause dangerous changes in the world’s climate as well as changes in global water temperature, acidity, and sea-level. These changes are concerning because the ocean plays a central role in regulating the Earth’s climate!
If you care about the environment and our oceans, then you should think about how you can lower your own carbon footprint.
Walk or take the bicycle to work (less carbon, better health!) or take public transport. Try making video conferences instead of long-distance travels for face to face meetings. You can track your carbon footprint from your phone! Joro, helps your track your own carbon emissions during your daily life, travels, purchases, and more. The app then gives you advice on which of your habits are ore “eco-friendly” and which you should reconsider
There are many volunteering opportunities right on your doorstep that are just waiting for passionate people, like you, to join. Through websites like Voluneerworld, or Goeco, you can find volunteer programs that have positive and meaningful impacts on marine life and health. You can also arrange your local community group to help with clean up event, educational sessions. Think about a save our oceans live aid!
- Support ecological marine construction
Coastal infrastructure such as ports, marinas, and breakwaters frequently replace rich natural habitats which provide food, shelter and nursing grounds for algae, invertebrates and fish. Concrete, which is widely used in coastal and marine construction, provides a poor substrate for marine flora and fauna, usually supporting low biodiversity and high proportion of invasive species due to its high PH levels.
This is where ECOncrete comes in, to solve the world’s ocean concrete problem:
After many years of studying and researching, ECOncrete’s founders came up with an amazing technology that brings concrete to life. It is designed with a unique design and added materials, that enhance the biological and ecological value of the structure. The results are significate: It adds food, shelter and nursing grounds to fish crabs and shrimp, increases the biodiversity and richness of marine plants and animals, and enhances the quality of the water. Altogether it is not only eco-friendly, but it also makes the structure stronger and more durable as the life that develops on ECOncrete provides the concrete with BIOPROTECTION (Feel free to explore the subject here : https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/abs/10.1680/cmsb.63174.0549?mobileUi=0&) It’s a win-win solution.
With ECOncrete, lifeless breakwaters and seawalls could turn into amazing ecosystems!
How can you help? Assuming you are not all working in the coastal construction business (-: you can help raise awareness, follow and share our work as we help make healthier and more resilient waterfronts and ports across the world!
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