We think every day should be Oceans Day. Such a special place that gives us so much, think of all the great times you have had at the beach, it cost you nothing and gives you memories you'll never forget, right? But with so many problems, over fishing, coral bleaching, ocean trash, the sheer vastness of the oceans, it sometimes seems rather daunting. When you feel like that, just remember that famous Edmund Burke quote: "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." - So here are some ideas, things you can do today (and hopefully everyday) to make a difference ....and info on our exciting, newly born project "Take Ten"
What can you do for World Oceans Day?
The Take Ten Challenge
What else can you do?
- Avoid plastics where you can, especially things like Styrofoam packaging, straws, ear buds that get flushed down the toilet. Remember, there is no real "away" when you throw something away, it always goes somewhere. The "away" bit doesn't really exist. Do we really need our fruit in a Styrofoam tub, covered in plastic and then an extra bit of cling wrap for good measure?
- Share your love for our oceans and beaches. In the end we only conserve what we love and we only love what we understand and have been taught.
- Learn more about the issues and what you can do, watch documentaries on the oceans, Google things, understanding the real problems and moral dilemma we have on our hands really helps.
- Do not eat fish, if you must, keep it to a minimum, you are not eating a farmed animal like cows and chicken, fish are wildlife. It is not only fish but also fishing methods that are causing huge destruction of our coastal resources. All the illegal fishing you hear about, well it ends up on our plates. Check the side of your tuna can next time, it all comes from the same place. Global fish stocks are plummeting, the numbers are bleak....we're eating it, every can of tuna, every meal at Cape Town Fish Market....it's all coming out of our oceans by the ton. Never mind the by-catch impacts. Every time you buy, you're helping fund this.
- Fish and marine life in general are overlooked from an animal cruelty perspective, fish have long memories, they feel pain and they have complex social systems. Treat fish and marine animals with the same respect you would treat birds or other animals on land. We are not promoting veganism. Just saying, we should apply the same levels of empathy for marine life as we do for land animals. Think of fish as the birds of the sea. We should be treating our beaches like nature reserves instead of rubbish bins and free supermarkets.
- You may think that you're only catching one crayfish for lunch or just taking a few mussels, but in reality you are one of thousands and thousands of people taking off this small stretch of coastline every year. Ask any fisherman what it was like 20 years ago and you will understand what we have lost and what our children will loose if we do not stem our own greed. Explore more, take less.
- Most important bit, get in the water, put on a mask and snorkel, once you see the living world down there, it's a lot tougher to ignore.