How can I help the ocean?
Here are some practical ways to protect vital and threatened marine ecosystems like coral reefs. You can design many combinations of daily habits and decision-making to suit your life and ensure the future of our blue planet.
Combat Climate Change
The oceans are warming, rising, and acidifying because of an excess of carbon in the atmosphere. We can reduce our personal carbon emissions in many ways, from limiting air travel and eating less meat to purchasing offsets and having smaller families.
Support Sustainable Fishing
One of the best things you can do for the ocean is to support sustainable fishing practices. Approximately 96% of the world’s fishing stocks are exploited or depleted, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Such over-harvesting has caused severe imbalances in ecosystem health, and threatens food security and livelihoods for hundreds of millions- to billions- of people.
Learn more about making good seafood decisions with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch (also a free app for your smart phone!) and discover how research and policy is turning the tide at the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions.
Keep the Ocean Clean
Land and sea are connected by rivers, coastlines, marine life, and- unfortunately- pollution. Agricultural runoff, plastic pollution, sewage, and industrial waste are reducing water quality and harming marine life. These effects reverberate all the way up the food chain to humans. Plus it’s hard to enjoy a day at the beach when you’re surrounded by trash and can’t go for a swim.
Try supporting organic farming, declining single use plastics, or asking your city where everything ends up. Join the Plastic Pollution Coalition, clean a beach with the Surfrider Foundation, and learn how governments and industries can protect the ocean-side of our world’s coastlines through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14.1.
No one can save the ocean alone. Stay inspired and motivated (and effect real change) by finding an ocean-minded community in your area. Then join it!
No matter where you are in the world, you can join a Hydrous Expedition, support our mission through tax-deductible donations, or contact us if you have ideas for collaboration. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, come to one of our events (join our mailing list to stay updated). We’d love to meet you!