World Oceans Day is a perfect occasion to reflect on the importance of our oceans and take action to protect them. At Ocean Earth Travels, we believe that small actions can have a tremendous impact. We’re here to provide you with 5 essential tips to help protect our oceans and the marine creatures that inhabit them.
1. Reduce Single-Use Plastics
Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to our oceans. It’s alarming to think that our oceans are currently burdened with over 5 trillion pieces of plastic. In Indonesia a staggering amount of plastic waste enters the seas each year. We can fight this crisis by avoiding single-use plastics such as food wrappers, straws, plastic bottles, and bags. By making conscious choices and supporting local initiatives advocating for plastic waste reduction and recycling, we can significantly reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our waters. Thus protecting marine life and ecosystems.
2. Eat Sustainable Seafood
The seafood industry has a significant impact on ocean health. With 14% of fish species threatened with extinction, it’s crucial to support sustainable fishing practices. As consumers, we can make a positive change by choosing sustainable seafood options. When dining out or shopping for seafood, look for certifications such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) label or the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) label. These certifications ensure that the seafood is sourced from well-managed fisheries or responsible aquaculture operations. By making informed choices, we can promote the preservation of fish populations and maintain the delicate balance of ocean ecosystems.
3. Protect Coral Reefs
Indonesia’s coral reefs are some of the most diverse and beautiful in the world, teeming with vibrant marine life. They face numerous threats, including coral bleaching, destructive fishing practices, and coastal development. To preserve these fragile ecosystems, it is crucial to raise awareness about the importance of coral reef conservation. We can protect and restore Indonesia’s coral reefs for future generations by promoting responsible tourism practices, advocating for marine protected areas, supporting reef restoration initiatives, and using reef-friendly sun protection.
You can also join our partner’s coral conservation programs to learn more about coral conservation efforts and even take part in coral farming activities in Bali.
4. Participate in Beach Clean-ups
80% of ocean plastic waste originates from land-based sources, including mismanaged waste, illegal dump sites, and littering. We, as consumers, play a vital role in making a difference. Taking part in beach clean-ups is an impactful way to contribute to ocean conservation efforts directly. Join local organizations or community initiatives that organize regular beach clean-ups in your area. By removing litter and debris from shorelines you prevent plastics from being swept into the ocean, where they harm marine life and degrade habitats. Beach clean-ups also raise awareness about the issue of plastic pollution and inspire others to take action.
5. Educate and Inspire Others
One of the most powerful tools we have in protecting our oceans is education. Take the time to learn about marine ecosystems, the impact of climate change on the oceans, and the importance of conservation. Share your knowledge with family, friends, and your community through social media, blog posts, or local events. Inspire others to make conscious choices that benefit our oceans, whether it’s through reducing plastic waste, supporting sustainable seafood, or advocating for stronger environmental policies. Remember, the ocean’s health is vital not just for the marine life that inhabits it but also for the well-being of our planet. By educating and inspiring others, we can create a ripple effect of positive change that reaches far beyond our individual actions.
Join the United Nations live online event on June 8th
To celebrate the United Nations World Oceans Day 2023 theme, Planet Ocean, the United Nations is joining forces with decision-makers, scientists, private sector executives, civil society representatives, indigenous communities, celebrities, and youth activists and more to put the ocean first.
You can register for the live event on the official World Ocean Day website.
Happy World Oceans Day!
As we celebrate World Oceans Day, let’s remember that the fate of our oceans is in our hands. In Indonesia, we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to be stewards of the seas. We can make a tangible difference in preserving the health and vitality of our oceans by reducing single-use plastics, eating sustainable seafood, protecting coral reefs, participating in beach clean-ups, and educating others. Together, let’s work towards a future where our oceans thrive, teeming with life and wonder for generations to come. Happy World Oceans Day!