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.
- Start a petition to get your town to ban the use of plastic bags.
- Cut down your own use of “single-use” plastic items such as straws, grocery bags, plastic utensils, and bottled drinks.
- If you live near the ocean, join a beach clean-up day or sponsor one yourself.
- Walk, bike, take public transportation.
- 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.