When it comes to preserving the health and well-being of our single greatest resource, we can all do a little more (and, in some cases, a lot less). Here are five suggestions to get you started.

  1. Start a petition to get your town to ban the use of plastic bags.
  2. Cut down your own use of “single-use” plastic items such as straws, grocery bags, plastic utensils, and bottled drinks.
  3. If you live near the ocean, join a beach clean-up day or sponsor one yourself.
  4. Walk, bike, take public transportation.
  5. Eat sustainable seafood (use the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch tool to find what species of fish make the best choices).

These may seem but a drop in the vastness of the ocean’s problems, but all five address a particular behavior that contributes to harming the ocean. And if we can change behavior, we can change the impact we have on the ocean.