“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch—we are going back from whence we came.” –John F. Kennedy
It has often been said that it is rather ironic to call this planet earth when in fact; it is surrounded by so much more water and ocean life. The sea is boundless and is a beautiful marvel this planet has. Unfortunately, because of human error and the fickleness or men when it comes to caring for their homes, our beaches and our abundant marine life come under threat by no other than us. It is because of man’s selfishness and complete apathy that our marine life is wasting away. It happens every day—pollution, the harvesting of sand for a variety of uses, litter on the shore, encroachment by developments—these are just some of the things humans have done to what were once lovely beaches and gorgeous sea life.
Now, it is high time that we do our best to preserve what remains of our scenic beaches. Do your part and take a gander at the following measures listed below. After all, let us save our beaches(from the local resorts such and the beaches such as Samal beaches) while we still can.
1.) KEEP YOUR BEACHES CLEAN
This one is pretty obvious, but recently the ocean has become so polluted. This pollution commences on land. The more we desecrate our surroundings, the less livable it becomes and it would also take its toll on the seas. Whether you live by the sea or not, it is important to keep our beaches as pristine as we can. Start by picking up the litter you see on the beaches such as plastic wastes, soda cans, cigarette butts, etc. Go even further by encouraging your fellow beach goers to do the same.
2.) USE FEWER PLASTIC PRODUCTS
Plastic’s decomposition takes a lengthy amount of time, and it is appalling that most of it end up on the beach or in the ocean itself. Once it is in the sea, it can become impossible to remove and would contribute to the destruction of the marine life each year. Limit your plastic usage by storing food in non-disposable containers, use reusable bottles and items as utensils. Most importantly, recycle whenever it is possible.
3.) INFLUENCE CHANGE IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Be aware of the ocean policies of your local area. Consult public officials and try to note down the ways you can help and let them know of your support for marine conservation projects. Patronize restaurants, groceries, and businesses that offer only sustainable seafood and always speak up about your concerns whenever you deem necessary. Report any illegal activities to the local officials if you are aware of them.
4.) JOIN A WILDLIFE MONITORING PROGRAM
If your local town has any wildlife monitoring programs, enlist yourself and find some ways to support them. They can also help with initiatives that require a lot of time in the ground, but they may not have enough resources to provide the staff to observe every inch of the beach. This is where you come in and where you can become a monitor. This will greatly aid them, and they would surely appreciate your contribution to your mutual cause.
5.) EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT OCEANS AND MARINE LIFE
This is the most crucial step if you want to conserve our oceans and our beaches. It is important to have an awareness about the sea as all life on earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. The more knowledge you garner from your research, the more you would know about the issues that are threatening this vital system. In this way, your fervor in helping ensure its preservation and health will be cemented. With this wisdom, you can help spread the awareness, share what you have learned and educate and inspire others to do the same.