As surfers, we love the ocean more than anything. It’s the place we go when we want to have fun, when we need to relax or even heal our wounds. The ocean always gives us so much so we need to make sure that during our encounters we don’t hurt it. Here are 5 little things we can do to help save the ocean.
1. Use Less Plastics
All plastic you don’t dispose of properly (land and sea) will end up in the ocean. This contributes to habitat destruction and kills a great number of marine animals each year. To limit your impact, use a reusable water bottle, store food in reusable containers, bring your own reusable bags when shopping, avoid the use of straws and recycle whenever possible.
2. Take Care of the Beach
Every time you go surfing… Take 3 for the Sea. This means taking 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere, and you have made a difference. Go even further by encouraging others to participate in local beach cleanups. For more information visit Take 3 for the Sea
3. Don’t Buy Products That Exploit Marine Life
This one is pretty straight forward… If a product contributes to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine populations. DON’T BUY IT. This includes products such as coral jewellery, tortoiseshell hair accessories, and shark products.
4. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean
There are many charities and organizations fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. Find a national organization like Sea Shepherd or Surfrider Foundation which is a registered not for profit sea-roots organisation dedicated to the protection of Australia’s waves and beaches through Conservation, Activism, Research and Education or C.A.R.E. For more information visit their website https://www.seashepherd.org.au/ http://surfrider.org.au
5. Influence Change in your Community
Nothing better than some activism. Research the ocean policies proposed by candidates before you vote or contact your local council to let them know you support marine conservation projects. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to speak up about your concerns with friends and the general public.
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