This Random Acts of Kindness Day, why not take the time to find out a little more about how you can be kinder to the Ocean in your everyday life?
As human beings, we have a great responsibility to protect our marine life, both here in the UK and around the globe. Our activities – from carbon consumption to overfishing – have already had a detrimental impact on marine ecosystems, so we need to act now to minimise the damage. The good news is, there are lots of ways you can make a difference – and be kinder to our amazing Ocean animals in the process. Here’s a list of easy and simple things you can do to be kinder to our wonderful marine life and planet:
1. Eat eco-friendly fish
Overfishing can have a detrimental effect on our Ocean eco-systems and has the potential to put many species at risk of extinction. By choosing to eat fish that is harvested sustainably, you can ensure that the species can still reproduce at a rate that is sufficient to maintain healthy stock levels, ensuring we always have enough food to eat whilst helping to reduce the risk of some of our marine life disappearing forever.
Our Sound Fish Guide will tell you which fish are most sustainable to buy, giving you the information you need to make the right choices. You can always visit your local fisheries and markets to ensure your fish is fresh and sustainably sourced every day.
2. Use sustainable products
Plastic is a huge hazard to our marine life, with many Ocean animals accidently swallowing plastics or mistaking them for food. Even plankton, the tiniest of marine organisms, have been shown to have ingested plastic, proving that none of our sea life is safe from accidental ingestion. Because plastic can take as long as 10 to 1,000 years to decompose, it remains a risk to life in our Ocean for an incredibly long time.
By purchasing sustainable products, avoiding single use plastics and reusing or recycling as much as possible, you can prevent waste from ending up in our Ocean. Why not check out some of the eco-friendly products we sell in our shop? Some things you can purchase to help reduce your plastic waste include reusable water bottles, metal straws, bamboo toothbrushes, cutlery sets, lunch boxes and more!
3. Be energy efficient
The less energy you use, the less our climate heats up, so by reducing your energy consumption you’re helping to protect the loss of our Ocean animals’ natural habitats. Furthermore, doing so can also help to reduce the risk of Ocean acidification, which puts much of our marine – including plankton, corals and shellfish – at risk. Simple ways you can be more energy efficient include turning off the lights when you’re not in the room and switching off any electronic devices when they’re not in use. Choosing to walk or cycle more instead of using a car will also help to reduce your carbon footprint and overall impact on our climate.
4. Participate in a clean-up
All types of waste, particularly those that are non-recyclable and do not decompose, pose a threat to every living being on this Earth, but it’s more of a risk to sea creatures, who can unknowingly swallow microplastics, and often mistake rubbish floating in the Ocean for food. You can help reduce the issue by participating in a beach clean or picking up rubbish in your local parks and at roadsides. Because materials like plastics take such a long time to decompose, they can still end up in the Ocean even if they are dropped or blow out of full waste bins miles from the coast. Participating in a clean up is not only rewarding, but will make your environment a safer and nicer place to live, too. So, grab your friends and get stuck in! We’ll be running beach cleans this weekend and then every Sunday from 29th March – so why not come and join us?
5. Volunteer or work with marine life
There are many ways you can do this, but one way is to come and volunteer with us at the National Marine Aquarium. We’re run by a charity called The Ocean Conservation Trust, which is dedicated to protecting and preserving the Ocean. Click here to check out the exciting volunteer and job roles we currently have available.
How are you being kinder to marine life? We’d love to hear your tips!
Are there things you do at home to help protect our Ocean? Have you come up with any creative ways to reduce or reuse plastics? What’s your most recent act of kindness towards our marine life? Let us know!