It’s the heat of the summer, and you know what that means– beach trips! Now that the 4th of July has come and gone, it’s likely that many of us have been or are planning to go to the beach. Did you know, that while the 4th of July is the most popular beach day all year, it is also the most littered? Not only can litter clutter the beaches, ruining their natural beauty, but it can also negatively impact the habitats of aquatic animals and ultimately impact humans as well. How can you do your part in keeping oceans and beaches clean, all the way in Charlottesville? There are many habits that you can implement in your daily life that will help to protect our oceans and beaches.
Limit Your Use of Plastic
One of the main issues that impacts the ocean is plastic. Not only is this a result of people leaving disposable items on the beach, but plastic can also leak into the ocean from land-based sources. In fact, according to Oceana, an estimated 17.6 billion pounds of plastic can leak into the marine environment each year, which would be like dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean each minute. Shocking, right? There’s a simple step you can take to eliminate your use of single-use plastic. Avoid using things like plastic utensils, water bottles, plastic bags, and straws. When you go to the grocery store, use a reusable bag! When you get takeout, don’t grab the plastic utensils that come along with it. Instead of purchasing a case of water bottles, purchase one reusable water bottle. Not only will that save you money, but you’ll take a step towards saving our oceans.
Purchase Sustainable Seafood
Did you know that our global fish populations are rapidly decreasing? This is from factors such as high demand and unsustainable fishing practices. Be sure to only eat seafood that comes from well-managed fisheries. How will you know what’s “sustainable seafood”? Be sure to look for the Marine Stewardship Council and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council labels on the packaging. This can ensure that the seafood you’re eating is from a sustainable fishery. Next time you’re at the store or out to dinner, be mindful of the seafood you consume!
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Another simple way to benefit oceans from afar is to reduce your carbon footprint. The ocean has absorbed 90% of the heat created from carbon dioxide emissions, warming up the waters and affecting the environment of aquatic life and even events that happen on land. There are many ways to achieve this goal, but a few ideas are turning off the lights when they aren’t in use, unplugging electronics when you aren’t using them, and using a bike, walking, or carpooling as transportation instead of driving your car. Another simple way to reduce your carbon footprint is to pick sustainable seafood over land-based protein like beef. Seafood production actually emits less carbon dioxide than foods like beef. For all you seafood lovers out there, now’s your chance to implement more of what you love into your diet!
Clean-Up Around Local Bodies of Water
Even if you can’t head to the beach to pick up litter, you can start right in your hometown! Streams, creeks, and rivers all empty out into the ocean at some point. That means that if there is litter near a local body of water in Charlottesville, it will likely make its way to the Atlantic Ocean. If you want to physically help out but can’t make it to the beach, make it a goal to clean up around your local river or creek once a week or once a month. This is a direct step that can help reduce harm to our oceans and beaches in addition to your local community!
Even though Charlottesville isn’t the beach, there are many ways that we can protect our oceans from far away. Implementing these habits into your daily life is not only good for the ocean, but it can also help the environment as a whole!
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