There are many causes and culprits that have led to the pollution of our oceans and other waterways, and while it would be almost impossible to completely prevent pollution, we can all do our part to prevent or minimize it. Here are a few things that you can do to help protect our precious seas and waterways.
Be Active in the Community
Much of the pollution that ends up in the oceanis carried there by rivers. So, even if your community is thousands of miles from the ocean, pollutants can and do get carried out to sea. If this bothers you, and you want to reduce or prevent the contamination, make sure you know what steps are being taken by your local government. In many cities, excess rainwater can cause untreated or undertreated sewage to be released into local waterways. Find out if your community is one of them, and hold those in charge accountable to finding a solution. One determined voice can be very powerful in a town hall or city council meeting. Get the facts, and make it known that the situation is unacceptable.
This one seems like a no-brainer, but still must be said. 80% of marine pollution comes from land. This is a staggering figure that clearly indicates that we are not doing our part. It can be very easy on your beach vacation to lose track of trash that you fully intended to bring to your vacation home. Even the most conscientious person has had an ocean breeze kick up and send their bag of trash out to sea. Make sure that all of your items, trash or otherwise, are weighted down. This will help to prevent losing valuables to the sea, as well as trash. When it comes right down to it, a volleyball is as much a pollutant as a bag of trash. Also, when leaving the beach, for lunch, for the night, or for a break, take your stuff with you. Leave only your footprints, take only your memories.
Be Part of the Solution
We have all heard about the dangers that 6 pack holders can present in the water. What seems like an urban myth is anything but. These beverage containers can ensnare fish, sea turtles, and other wildlife. Even if it doesn’t trap them, the animals really shouldn’t be eating the plastic, but they do. A local brewery in Florida has decided to be part of the solution. Their team engineered a 6 pack holder that actually turns into fish food when dropped into the water. That’s what I call thinking outside the box!
Do what you can to prevent or reduce the flow of pollutants into our waterways, because as always, it is easier to prevent than it is to repair. Let’s help keep our seas and waterways clean so that future generations can enjoy them as well.