That’s why we decided to put together ways that can help you to stand up for our oceans in your daily life.
The majority of the plastic we use like shopping bags or drinking bottles gets dumped into our oceans. Therefore, while doing groceries, try not to buy food and drinks in plastic packaging, but watch out for alternatives like juices filled into glass bottles or go directly to zero waste stores, which - as the name suggests - are selling their foods without any packaging.
First of all, water costs a lot of energy, so by saving it you’ll also save a lot both on energy emission and money. Your hands for example could be washed with cold water instead of warm water and your dishwasher and the washing machine should be filled fully each cycle. Secondly, you can reduce the amount of microplastic particles in the wastewater immensely because there’s less rubbing and drop height of the clothes by fully loading the washing machine. Additionally, you should be aware of using eco friendly washing detergents to avoid harmful chemicals and other ingredients in your wastewater, where a huge amount still gets into our oceans mostly unfiltered.
But saving water means so much more: Namely to counteract threatening water shortages. The alarming increase of warming affecting our earth leads to big problems like heat waves, droughts and the warming of our oceans. In addition, this also means that dry areas will massively increase worldwide. Climate change, as a consequence, endangers the water provision for billions of people around the globe. Thus, we should act economically and sustainably when it comes to water. The majority of the wastewater we cause still flows into our oceans without being sufficiently filtered , making it inhabitable for all sea creatures.
The warming of our oceans is also causing coral bleaching. The loss of corals has a huge negative impact on all sea life. Some of them use corals as a refuge to raise their offspring or as a source for food, making this huge biodiversity in direct threat!
Fishes are caught by using huge plastic nets that get dumped right in the oceans, jeopardising all its inhabitants because they strangle themselves therein. What makes matters worse is, while decomposing, these nets release microplastic particles into the ocean. With decades of unethical fishing, different types of fish go extinct, making them no longer available as a food source for other inhabitants. They can then also get extinct, creating this vicious circle..
As you can see, it’s of great importance to protect our ocean. Everyone of us can contribute to do so in his or her daily life. Try to do it as well, it’s easy and offers a lot in return! :)
Posted in German originally by Laura Glass
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