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24 Simple and Impactful Ways You Can Help Save The Ocean

We are capable of doing more for the ocean than we realize. We need to start taking action now if we want to leave behind a secure future or it’s only going to continue getting worse. Here is a list of 24 ways you can save the ocean to get you started!

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1. Be a positive role model for the youth

If we teach them about the current state of the environment, they can learn how to prevent further damage from happening in the future.

2. Be an active member of your community

Educate people when you have the opportunity. There are many people who are willing to help! The only issue is they don’t know where to begin.

3. Become an ocean advocate

There are many organizations that you can join that help support raising awareness and cleaning up beaches all over the world such as the Surfrider Foundation.

4. Buy products that support sustainable and organic agriculture

Opt-in for buying items that are eco-friendly and non-toxic to the environment.

5. Do not litter in streams of water

When you are out camping near a river or a creek, make sure you never leave anything behind. Pick up your trash so it doesn’t end up in the stream where it can pollute the water and harm wildlife.

6. Don’t take live wildlife from the beaches

It’s normal to want to take a seashell or two from the beach as a memorable keepsake. It’s important to keep in mind that you should never disturb any live animals. Feel free to observe, but please never take them from their environment.

7. Don’t throw away old clothing

Textiles are one of the biggest problems in ocean pollution. Donate clothes you don’t wear to someone in need who will use it or to a local charity such as Acres of Hope. All the proceeds from their sales go to helping homeless women and children. It’s also one of my favorite places to shop secondhand! If you feel that your clothes aren’t suitable for donating, you can always cut them up and use them as cleaning cloths around your home.

8. Educate or get educated

Once again, educate others who don’t share the same knowledge you do when it comes to conserving nature. Don’t be afraid to get out there and meet people who are making a difference in the marine world such as oceanographers and marine biologists.

9. Encourage businesses to get rid of plastic

There are a few places such as Seattle that have decided to get rid of plastic straws and cutlery in their restaurants. However, there’s still a long way to go! It’s up to the community to help make it a worldwide change. Talk to your local neighbors and restaurant owners about switching to eco-friendly business models.

10. Form a society of positive people

Toxic relationships are unhealthy for the human mind just as much as they’re unhealthy for the environment. Being surrounded by negative energy can result in many bad and careless decisions.

11. Get rid of toxic chemicals in your home

Switch to natural and homemade cleaning solutions. They are better for your health and they won’t pollute the environment. Learn how to make your own DIY household cleaners, beauty products, and more by using resources such as Pinterest. I love making my own air fresheners and all-purpose cleaners with essential oils such as Rocky Mountain Oils.

12. Support local farmers or grow your own garden

Choose local produce that is grown without harsh chemical fertilizers. You can always learn how to grow your own garden if you don’t have access to organic and sustainable food in your neighborhood. It’s possible to grow healthy fruits, vegetables, and herbs whether you have a home with a large backyard or a small apartment with a small kitchen or patio.

13. Host events that support saving the ocean

You can help save the ocean by hosting your own event whether you live near a beach or not. There are plenty of organizations that can provide you with free tools and flyers to help you host an event. Check out this great guide from the Ocean Conservancy to get you started!

14. Never feed wildlife

A lot of people have grown up with the idea that it’s okay to feed animals in the wild. Most people fail to realize that you’re actually causing them more harm than you think. They are not meant to digest the same food that humans are consuming. It can make them sick or even kill them.

15. Reduce your use of plastic

Stop buying single-use plastic items such as straws, plates, cups, etc. Choose products that are eco-friendly, durable and reusable such as bamboo, stainless steel, and glass. One of my favorite switches was the 4-pack of natural bamboo toothbrushes by Gondola. The bristles are soft and the handle is biodegradable. The whole Gondola toothbrush is vegan which means that they don’t test on animals or use any animal parts in their product!

16. Cook at home

Reduce the amount of take-out you have every month to avoid all the unnecessary food packaging that’s non-biodegradable.

17. Speak up if you see someone harming the environment or animals

When you see that something isn’t right, speak up! You can either calmly approach the individual and talk to them about what can happen when you mishandle wildlife or you can call your local marine center that will send out someone to patrol the area and investigate.

18. Support organizations that clean up the ocean

You can donate to organizations that are on a mission to clean up beaches all around the world. If you can’t make a monetary contribution, you can volunteer by joining a clean-up crew or getting the word out to your friends and family that might be interested in helping.

19. Take a diving class

The best way to learn about the ocean and the impact humans have on it is by directly facing the problem. Sometimes people have to witness the chaos themselves to believe it.

20. Take care of marine animals and other wildlife

Check local groups in your area that often look for volunteers that are willing to aid in rescues and rehabilitation of marine animals near major beaches, rivers, and forests that are being affected.

21. Take photos to teach awareness

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to show the public what is happening with our oceans. If you happen to come across something unusual or an individual doing something great for the environment, snap a quick photo and share it on social media. We live in a world where social media is a powerful tool for spreading awareness.

22. Test the waters

If you live near the beach or visit the beach often, volunteer to get certified on testing water levels in your area. This information can help make a difference and help local scientists come up with a solution to saving our waters.

23. Use your skills to get the word out

Are you a blogger, celebrity, or influencer? Use your skills and resources to gain attention and form a group of individuals that want to help.

24. Get out there and vote

Vote for politicians that care about the environment and the future of generations to come.

Take a step towards a brighter and cleaner future by doing one of these steps today. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but that doesn’t mean that it will never happen if we start making progress now.

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  1. michelle says:

    what an important post! i had no clue that throwing away clothing was causing such a problem in our oceans, i will defenitly be changing that! it’s so important to take care of the earth and it’s creatures. We only get one earth, might as well do what we can to keep her clean and thriving. thank you for sharing these tips


  2. This is a great list, and so important. We are working on eating more at home number 16, and on purchasing food that has less packaging. It is a challenge sometimes, but makes a huge difference.

    1. Erna Carter says:

      That’s great to hear Jennifer! It’s a big change for a lot of people, but you should be proud of yourself for taking that step forward 😊 It’s a good change for your family and also the environment!

  3. These are all great suggestions, but what you you suggest should be done with clothes turned cleaning rags that are no longer suitable for cleaning anymore?

    1. Erna Carter says:

      Hi Jasmine!

      That’s a great question and I’m glad you asked! There are recycling companies and organizations that have programs in place for this exact purpose. They try to extend the life of textiles as much as possible and repurpose them. If they’re able to repurpose them, they will usually donate it to their local communities for things such as art, blankets, etc. Another possible way for them to use it is by shredding it up and using it for stuffing and filling.

      I hope I answered your question. If you need help finding a local organization that does this in your area, feel free to send me an email and I’ll help you look for one closest to you!

  4. Thank you for this!!! Such an important message!

  5. I just read an article about a program Crayola has to take back used markers to prevent them from ending up in landfills or the ocean. Great post.

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