We live on a blue planet. At the National Geographic Society we are working with a lot of groups all over the world to learn more about our seas and inspire people to protect them through our Pristine Seas project. The everyday actions of people like you and me can have a big impact. Read below to see how you can help!
Keep Your Beaches Clean
The ocean is too polluted, and that pollution begins on land. Whether you live by the sea and call it your home or only see the coast once a year during vacation, it’s really important to keep our beaches clean. By picking up trash you can help reduce the amount of litter that’s swept into the sea. Go even further by encouraging others to do the same and by organizing your own local beach cleanups.
Use Fewer Plastic Products
It’s shocking how much plastic ends up in the ocean—and once it’s there it can be impossible to remove. Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in nondisposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, and recycle whenever possible.
Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices
Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for overexploited species by choosing seafood that’s both healthful and sustainable.
Influence Change in Your Community
Research the ocean policies of public officials before you vote or contact your local representatives to let them know you support marine conservation projects. Consider patronizing restaurants and grocery stores that offer only sustainable seafood, and speak up about your concerns if you spot a threatened species on the menu or at the seafood counter.Sea turtles and other marine creatures are more than simply entertaining. Their fascinating anatomy and behavior have intrigued scientists in countless fields and inspired artists in boundless endeavors. (Photo by Bates Littlehales)
Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life
All life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you’ll want to help ensure its health—then share that knowledge to educate and inspire others.