Water is becoming a scarce commodity and clean water even more scarce, yet much of our planet is made up of water -something is going wrong!
The ocean makes life on Earth possible.
It nourishes our bodies and our souls. It influences our weather, fuels economies and connects distant lands. It is vast, deep, powerful and mysterious.
And it’s in trouble.
Protect our ocean from acidification
Ocean acidification is one of the greatest threats to the ocean, and, ultimately to humankind. Since the Industrial Revolution, ocean acidity has increased by 30%. The culprit? Carbon dioxide pollution – from burning of fossil fuels. This leads to potentially very dangerous outcomes, such as weakening of coral reefs and the collapse of the base of the ocean food chain: plankton, upon which fish, dolphins, whales – and humans – all depend.
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Here are a few tips on how to save the ocean by reducing ocean acidification:
Saving energy is an easy way to help the ocean – it’s is as easy as flipping a switch. Turn off everything that could use energy and you don’t need anymore when leaving the room, and unplug electronics and appliances when you’re not using them. Generating electric power produces more pollution than any other industry. So flipping a switch really makes a difference!
When you are buying new appliances, or even just a light bulbs, always look for products with theenergy star rating.
Renewable energies like solar and wind power are becoming more and more popular sources that can supply your community with clean energy. Inform yourself about the importance of clean energyand check with a local utility company for options to buy affordable, renewable green energy.
Can you walk, bike or take the public transportation more often? Have you ever thought aboutcarpooling? Leaving your car at home cuts down on greenhouse gases, which helps coral reefs and so many other creatures (including us)!
Make sure your house is properly insulated, so you are not heating the entire planet! Energy lost through un-insulated windows and doors can waste 15% of your home’s heating energy, and adds to your power bill. A home energy audit can help you make sure your heating is as efficient as possible.
You can also purchase a Renewable Energy Certificate. By purchasing a credit, you can ensure that you are truly supporting clean energy. The money you spend will help new renewable power project. This is an affordable way to ensure that your support of clean energy is represented in the marketplace, no matter where the actual energy in your home comes from.
World Oceans day is June 8, and Conservation International’s Chief Scientist Greg Stone will celebrate with a dive to Aquarius, an underwater laboratory 63 feet below the ocean in the Florida Keys.
Stone will join actor and philanthropist Ian Somerhalder and ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau, who is planning to live underwater for a record-breaking 31 days starting June 1. During this “Mission 31” living experiment, Cousteau and his team of researchers will explore the human-ocean connection and address issues such as climate change and ocean acidification, ocean pollution and the effects of plastics, and overuse of resources and biodiversity loss.
To learn more and to join the conversation, follow the hashtag #OceanChat on Twitter.
As consumers we can do our bit – either turn vegetarian or be a cautious fish eater!