It’s pledge time again!
This time it’s to pledge to help marine wildlife. Every year The Wildlife Trust host National Marine Week and this year it is running 29th July until 13th August (right now!).
If you have seen Chasing Coral you will understand the devastation our every day lives have on our seas. If you haven’t seen it… you really should! It’s a great documentary, just head to Netflix and press play.
Fishing, waste, pollution and climate change are all contributing to major issues with our waters and the life that lives there.
Did you know?
- The oceans have absorbed a third of all the carbon dioxide emitted since the Industrial Revolution, causing seawater acidity to rise faster than at any time in the last 55 million years
- Sea levels really are rising. Over the last 50 years they rose approximately 1.8mm per year however in the 90’s this increased to 3.1mm per year
- Plastic is often mistaken for food by marine animals. Plastic material has been found blocking the breathing passages and stomachs of many species, including whales, dolphins, seals, puffins, and turtles
- Fertiliser runoff creates eutrophication that increases the amount of algae in the water which depletes the oxygen content, suffocating marine wildlife
- Eating contaminated seafood can cause serious health problems such as cancer
The list of shocking facts could go on and on and on, you simply just have to google ‘ocean’ and the top story found is about a rubbish patch in the Pacific that is bigger than Mexico…
What can we pledge?
- Stop using single use plastic like bottles and packaging
- Pick up litter and put it in recycling or a bin to stop it drifting into the ocean
- Watch out for microbeads in products such as tooth paste and exfoliators
- Reduce your carbon footprint; walk more, eat less meat and switch lights off
- Eat less fish and ensure the fish you do eat comes from a sustainable source
It may not seem like a lot, but if many of us make little changes there is a possibility we can reverse some of the effects our planet’s actions are having on the seas.