7 Ways to Save the Ocean: Actions All of Us Can Take to Ensure a Bluer World
It’s no secret that the ocean needs our help. Recently, a fire caused by a rupture of an undersea gas pipeline made part of the Gulf of Mexico look as though it were a cauldron of flame. And while the incident has been handled, the startling photos and videos live on — a reminder that when it comes to caring for our planet, we have to do more than just reduce, reuse and recycle.
While the ocean being set ablaze may seem like an isolated incident, it's clear that we are irrevocably changing our environment. Take, for example, the Pacific trash vortex, a.k.a the Great Pacific garbage patch: this ever-growing, floating dump swirls in our waters, covering more than 600,000 square miles. And then there's other climate crisis-linked events, like snowstorms in Texas and intense heatwaves in the Pacific Northwest, all of which render local communities rather helpless and underscore how infrastructure simply isn't built to handle these unheard of extremes.
Of course, safeguarding our oceans (and, subsequently, the food chain) is much more than banning plastic straws or styrofoam cups. In fact, it's more than just individual actions, especially when corporations contribute much more to pollution and single-use plastic production than us laypeople. While many argue that corporations are merely displacing the blame by creating a sense of guilt in the minds of consumers, we can still do our parts — however small — to save the ocean.
With this in mind, we've rounded up eight simple actions we can all take to save our oceans, and, in turn, our planet. Just remember: the fight for climate justice, and accountability, doesn't end here.