Scientific research has concluded that we need to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030 in order to safeguard the health of marine life and habitats. Yes, we need to put pressure on governments to take action and change policy but we can all do our bit to make a difference. In fact, working together we can all make a huge difference.
“Our actions over the next 10 years will determine the state of the ocean for the next 10,000 years.”Dr.Sylvia Earle, Marine Biologist & Conservationist
How you can take action to protect the ocean locally and internationally…
Local action to protect the ocean
Reduce your use of plastics: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce your carbon footprintand energy consumption: use public transport and turn off unnecessary appliances
Make sustainable seafood choices: check the label – is it ocean friendly?
Help take care of the beach: volunteer with an organisation such as Coolum Coast Care or simply pick up debris as you walk
Travel the ocean responsibly: be mindful of wildlife and never throw anything overboard
Campaign for change: support local campaign groups such as Coolum Coast Care and Great Barrier Reef Foundation to protect and rebuild marine areas
Educate yourself and your friends about oceans and marine life: the more you know, the more you’ll want to help ensure the health of the ocean – then share that knowledge to educate and inspire others.
Ocean Life Education is encouraging local households, businesses and schools to accept the Plastic Free July Challenge. The challenge is quiet simple: attempt to consume no single-use plastic during July.
Single-use plastic is anything that is intended to be used once then thrown away. If all single-use plastic sounds a bit daunting, just try the “big four” single-use plastic items are plastic bags, plastic cups, plastic straws and plastic containers.
“Single use plastic is one of the most concerning issues facing our oceans and its inhabitants and it won’t go away by itself. Join us in reducing and ridding single use plastic from our every day use to protect the future of our ocean animals – and us.”