It’s that time of year again to celebrate and honor our oceans. We’re all connected to the ocean in some way, so celebrate and join the growing global celebration of our stunning oceans. Our well-being and survival is credit to a healthy ocean. Conserving our oceans, helping to protect it should be core to our values and of course we should enjoy all that it offers.
Just a few changes to the way we think, live and buy can provide some great changes to our oceans health. The ocean provides us with food, pharmaceuticals, helps with climate regulation and makes part of the oxygen we breath to name a few benefits the ocean gives us. Plastic, rubbish and the waste that we pump into our seas has become one of our main concerns over recent years. Plastic has slowly taken a hold of our everyday life and the reduction in its use is down to changing our attitudes to it. We use it to package food and many items we buy are made from plastic and are often marketed as disposable items. If you fancy helping to keep our oceans as pristine as possible there are plenty of charities to support through either donating or offering to help in some way. Check out some charities below that are related to conserving our oceans.
Plastic Free North Devon
Plastic Oceans are one of our favourite charities to support after meeting Jo Ruxton. She opened our eyes to the effects that plastic has on our ocean and the majestic sea creatures. Plastics can take 400 years to degrade, therefore polluting our oceans and effectively damaging ocean creatures, especially creatures who are higher up the food chain. Plastic oceans hopes to see social change, a change in our attitudes towards plastic use. Some scary statistics that Plastic Oceans brings to our attention is that we are creating 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is single-use plastic. 8 million tons ends up in our oceans. Plastic Oceans helps to raise awareness and educate to help our ocean health.
Surfers Against Sewage
If you love the ocean and want to keep it clean you can help fundraise, join a beach clean or become a member of Surfers Against Sewage. We also have our gorgeous S.A.S beads. We will donate £2 for every sale of the bead to S.A.S. Surfers Against Sewage are also aiming to create 125 plastic free communities by 2020.
Marine Connection work globally to protect cetaceans and are concerned with their well-fare both in captivity and in the wild. They have a strong belief that wild animals should not be captured and used for human entertainment. Addressing the threats that cetaceans have and helping create new laws to protect these captivating ocean creatures will help preserve them.
Plastic Free North Devon
The local government, community groups and local businesses have helped to establish North Devon as ” a Plastic Free Coastline,” awarded by Surfers Against Sewage. You can help to reduce your plastic use by buying food that isn’t wrapped in packaging and tryin to think about using alternatives to single-use plastics. Ditch the plastic straws or use a stainless steel version, use a bamboo toothbrush instead of a plastic version and use those reusable bags whenever you go shopping.