Save the Oceans
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Koppling till Globala målen:
Förslag på åtgärder hittar du här. Du kan välja att ge eleverna ett eller ett par av dem som ”igångsättare”, alternativt använda dem som ett slags facit. (Punktlistan nedan har inspirerats av en artikel publicerad den 27 april 2010 i tidskriften National Geographic.)
- Mind your carbon footprint and reduce energy consumption
Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can, and by being conscious of your energy use at home and work. A few things you can do to get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs, bundle up or open a window to avoid oversetting your thermostat.
- Make safe and 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 is both healthy and sustainable.
- Use fewer plastic products
Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals every year. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in non-disposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, and recycle – always.
- Help take care of the beach
Whether you enjoy diving, surfing, walking, running or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks and coral. Encourage others to respect the marine environment and participate in local beach cleanups. If there aren’t any beach cleanups in your area: Organize one yourself!
- Don’t purchase items that exploit marine life
Certain products contribute to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine populations. Avoid purchasing items such as coral jewelry, tortoiseshell accessories, and shark products.
- The dog – man’s best friend? Be a responsible pet owner
Read pet food labels and consider seafood sustainability when choosing a diet for your pet. Never flush cat litter down the toilet, as it can contain pathogens harmful to marine life. Never stock your aquarium with wild-caught saltwater fish. Never release any aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water as that may introduce non-native species harmful to the existing ecosystem.
- Support organizations working to protect the oceans
Many institutes and organizations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. Choose one and give financial support or volunteer for hands-on work or advocacy. If you live near the coast, you can join a local branch or group and get involved in projects close to home and heart.
- Influence change in your community
Research the ocean policies of public officials before you vote. Contact local representatives and ask what they do, and what actions they have in the pipeline, to conserve the local marine life and area. Patronize restaurants and grocery stores that offer only sustainable seafood and speak up and make your voice heard if you spot threatened species on the menu or at the seafood counter.
- Travel responsibly
Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water. Never throw anything overboard, and take care of the marine life in the waters around you. If you have decided to take a cruise for your next vacation, do research and find the the most eco-friendly option.
- Educate yourself about oceans and marine life
All life on earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. Learn more about the issues facing this vital system, and you will quickly discover that you will want to ensure its health. Thereafter, share your knowledge to educate and inspire others.