Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:41 pm
One of the reasons I moved to the Jersey Shore is the close proximity to the ocean. Sounds simple, right? But it’s a bit mind blowing to think about it. The ocean covers over 70% of our planet. It also regulates temperature, drives weather, and supports all living organisms. And even though we’ve put a man on the moon, only five percent of our ocean has been explored. There’s no telling what new life forms are hiding in that remaining 95%.
While I may not be able to dive in and explore the ocean’s mysterious depths, I like to do what I can to keep it safe. Here are my top eight eco tips for keeping the ocean clean:
- Take your trash with you. This one should just make sense, but I’m always amazed at people who leave their trash on the beach or even those who bury it. Just because it can’t be seen doesn’t mean it’s harmless.
- Stick to pathways. I’m all for making your own path in life, but when it comes to the beach, please stick to their pathways. They help direct traffic away from nesting areas and help preserve sand dunes, which are vital to beach ecosystems.
- Paper or plastic…or glass? I’ve switched over to glass containers for leftovers. They’re sturdier and easier to clean. Plus, plastics that make their way to the ocean contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year.
- Responsible boating. If you’re out on a boat, be sure to know and obey areas marked as “fragile” or “slow no wake.” If you’re on a large boat, stick to deeper waters as well to avoid damaging fragile habitats.
- Travel smart. Whenever possible, carpool or ride your bike (my favorite option when heading to the beach). Walking is always a great option too!
- Cover up. It’s very important to wear sunscreen to avoid sunburn and reduce the risk of skin cancer. But when you spend time in the water, your sunscreen rinses off and those chemicals can bleach coral reefs and leave them susceptible to a debilitating virus. Try eco-friendly sunscreens like Loving Naturals or Badger Sunscreen.
- Lend a hand. Volunteer with groups that focus on keeping our ocean clean, like Clean Ocean Action. Many organize ocean clean-up events, which help remove trash and give you a great opportunity to meet new people.
- Dispose waste properly. Hazardous materials like motor oil can seriously harm marine life when not disposed of properly. Check with your local community for the nearest collection site.
The ocean covers a majority of our plant and it’s going to take more than one or two of us to help keep it clean. What are some things you do to protect the ocean? Have you got any eco-friendly tips of your own? Plymouth Rock Assurance would love to hear them!