World Ocean’s day is June 8, and it is Oceans Week in Halifax (if you are in Halifax, check out all the amazing events going on). I thought I would write a short post on 3 easy things you can do to help the oceans. The ocean’s health is critical to our survival, and the way we are treating it now is terrible: we treat it like a garbage dump, and we need to stop.
Here are my top 3 Easy things you can do to help the ocean:
- #SkiptheStraw: Straws are really really bad for the environment, and pretty
unnecessary – I wrote a whole post about them a while back. It can be super easy when out at bars and restaurants to ask the bartender “no straw please.” In all my time of skipping the straw, I’ve only gotten a few weird looks or been ignored. It can also create conversation, and you can let your server/bartender know why straws are no good. There are also lots of reusable straws out there, and if you love straws, I would recommend doing some research and finding out which reusable straw would work but for you.
- Bring your reusables: It can be super easy to be prepared. Bring your
thermos, water bottle, and cutlery if you know you will be going out and wanting food or drinks. When I go out to restaurants and know I will have leftovers, I throw a tupperware in my bag so I can avoid the takeaway containers (they are usually styrofoam in Halifax). I use To-Go Ware reusable bamboo cutlery and love them! I also have a S’well Bottle and love that it keeps my drinks cold for so long. I use a mason jar as a thermos, and a Cuppow or Recap to make drinking from it easier.
- Advocate and educate: Be an advocate for the ocean, educate yourselves and teach others about marine issues. There are tons of amazing resources out there – if you work with kids I would recommend checking out Sailors for the Sea resources and the Canadian Wildlife Federations resources. Listen to Podcasts (Ocean Alison is a great one), read books and articles – don’t stop learning!
What are your tips for saving the ocean? Comment below!
All throughout the news, and in my classes, the majority of the narratives we learn about are negative – ocean acidification, deforestation, biodiversity loss, coral bleaching, plastic pollution, the list goes on and on. Some days I ask myself “What’s the point? Why do anything if we are all f@cked anyway?” Well there is a point, there is hope, and we need to keep fighting the good fight and remind ourselves of the success stories and the positivity.