Ways You Can Help Save the Ocean!

Shenaya Y. 10th grade

Peninsula High School

To survive and prosper, we depend on the ocean. Since the ocean is the largest ecosystem on Earth, it supports our planet’s life as oceans hold 97% of the planet’s water. Carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is absorbed by oceans which contributes to reducing climate change impacts. The ocean produces more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and absorbs the most carbon from it. Taking good care of our ocean will positively impact the planet in hopes of saving our world. There are many ways that you can help save the ocean. One of these ways includes reducing your use of single-use plastics. Plastic pollution in the ocean deteriorates marine habitats by injuring and killing fish, seabirds and marine mammals. Because floating plastic often resembles food, they choke or starve as a result of eating the plastic. To help prevent this, you should use plastic alternatives such as cloth grocery bags and reusable water bottles. Another way to help save the ocean is to reduce your daily energy usage. Our oceans are becoming more acidic as a result of large amounts of carbon dioxide produced from the burning of fossil fuels. A few ways you can reduce your energy use include riding a bike, walking or using public transportation. It is also important to remember to turn off appliances and lights when they are not in use. One more way to help save the ocean is by properly disposing hazardous materials. When motor oil and other hazardous materials aren’t disposed of properly, they often end up washing into coastal areas. This pollutes the water and hurts the overall health of our oceans. Due to this, it is important to dispose of hazardous waste in an environmentally safe way. Going along with that idea, another thing you can do is picking up garbage and litter near beaches. The plastic and debris left on the beach will eventually find their way into the oceans. Crowded beaches throughout the year will result in more polluted beaches and oceans as more trash is being left behind. To prevent the destruction of our oceans, bring a trash bag with you for your garbage and volunteer for beach clean-ups. It is important to be aware on a daily basis of ways you help save the ocean. Along with this, another great thing to do is educating others about what’s going on with the world’s oceans and what they can do to make a difference.