Dad, What is a Fish?
Leave your kids a sustainable Earth, not a barren land.
As parents, you want your kids to be safe and live a long healthy life. They are more than your DNA, they become the purpose of your life. You are willing to go to any lengths for their happiness. It is in your hands what kind of future they will inherit. One where they can enjoy seafood or one where they read about it in books.
Oceans play a critical role in the balance of the ecosystem. Human as with everything is on a spree to destroy ocean and marine life.
More than eight million metric ton of plastic is dumped in the ocean every year.
There are five giant garbage patches around the world. The largest among them is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is estimated to contain 1.8 trillion pieces of trash.
Toxic waste is consumed by fish and when a person eats that fish, toxins get lodged in the human body causing long-lasting harm. This also increases the likelihood of that person getting diseases like cancer.
Scary Isn't it?
Why exactly should you care about the ocean?
Here is how you can reduce marine pollution with simple steps.
Stop using Single-use plastic -
We are surrounded by single-use plastic, and only by making conscious choices can we reduce the use of plastic. Instead of buying packaged water bottles for everyday use, purchase a water purifier and attach it to the tap. This will save you money in the long run and reduce plastic waste. When you go out shopping, carry a cloth or any other sustainable material reusable bags. Instead of plastic straws, choose glass or steel straws, they will last a long time.
Opt for natural alternatives -
Replace plastic combs with wooden or animal hair brushes. This will improve blood circulation to the scalp, they last longer than plastic and give amazing results.
Avoid littering plastic waste. Always use dust bins to dispose of plastic, in case you do not find one carry the same home and provide for recycling.
Join an Ocean/Beach Cleanup -
Many NGOs hold ocean/beach clean-up regularly, join these clean-up meets to prevent plastic waste from getting into the ocean.
Opt for Organic fertilizers -
Chemical fertilizers contain extremely harmful toxins. Excess use of such chemicals will always find a waterway to reach the ocean. Choose organic fertilizers instead as they are safer.
Reduce E-waste -
Reduce unnecessary purchases of electronics. Only buy things which you genuinely need. This will not only save you money but also reduce e-waste, which would get dumped in the ocean.
Walk, Carpool, or use public transport -
Whenever it is possible, choose to walk, carpool, or use public transport as this reduces tire wear components from getting stuck to tarmac and get washed to the ocean.
Sustainable Seafood -
Opt for sustainable seafood. This ensures the survival of fish as well as supports people who depend on fishing. Sustainable Seafood helps avoid overfishing and promote ethical fishing to maintain a healthy availability of fishes.
Overconsumption of water -
Avoid overconsumption of water in the form of washing clothes, dishwashing, Washing vehicles, etc. Each load of laundry emits more than 700000 microfibers. These microfibers are extremely harmful to marine life. Only utilize water when there is a necessity. This reduces harmful wastewater getting into oceans through waterways.
One of the biggest contributors to ocean pollution is smokers. Cigarette buds get washed away to the ocean through waterways and pollute the ocean. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and quit smoking, your family needs you.
By making these conscious decisions we can make a huge impact in reducing ocean pollution. Our next generation deserves to enjoy beaches and the ocean just like us. We must protect marine life and reduce our carbon footprint. Let's make a decision today, we will respect this Earth and its oceans. Believe it or not, it's the only one we got.