The ocean is the heart of the Earth, the life support system of our precious planet. Not only does it hold over 90% of the world’s water, the ocean also generates around 50% of the oxygen needed for life here on Earth to thrive.
Therefore, it is crucial for us to keep our oceans clean. To ensure that we leave a healthy Earth for future generations of not only man, but all living things on our planet.
Not too late to start
We’ve all seen pictures of entire reefs totally damaged and beaches lined with trash. Pollution also taking a huge toll on underwater ecosystems and ocean life. It may seem a little too late to do anything about it, but it is not.
Around the world, people are stepping up efforts to keep their oceans pollution-free. Some opt for large scale projects like reconstruction of damaged reefs. While others opt for smaller scale activities that are just as meaningful, such as clearing plastic waste from the ocean.
Keeping the ocean clean
In Bintulu for example, where creating a clean environment is one of the chief priorities, greening efforts done on a regular basis. Programmes like “Bintulu Spring Cleaning” and “Trash Hero Bintulu”. Which organised by Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) helped to earn Bintulu its reputation as the cleanest city in Sarawak.
Among the activities under Trash Hero Bintulu held last year was the cleaning of its riverfront area. Which saw approximately 5 tonnes of waste collected. It wouldn’t have been possible if not for the 250 volunteers who involved in the programme. The programme also saw the cleaning up of Bintulu’s Kemena River to ensure its sustenance. Efforts such as these are also important for the health and cleanliness of our oceans, as rivers flow out into the sea.
Beach and reef cleaning efforts in places like Tanjung Batu Beach in Bintulu and Talang-Satang Island National Park in Kuching. Organised respectively by Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) and Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC). They have also been crucial in maintaining good health of our reefs specifically, and the ocean generally.
Do your part
Let’s be responsible citizens of the world by doing our part to keep our ocean clean. Here are some of the things we can do for our ocean:
No plastic: Throughout life, we’ve depended so much on plastic. But whether you realise it or not, plastic can have devastating effects on our oceans. Turtles, dolphins and whales have fallen victims to plastic that found their way out to oceans around the world. Instead of plastic, opt for environmentally-friendly alternatives. Such as reusable bags, metal straws and biodegradable food packaging.
Pick up after yourself: There’s nothing quite like a picnic by the beach with your friends or family. But once you’re done, make it a habit to pick up after yourself. It’s a pretty simple thing to do to keep our oceans clean and the animals safe from potential harm as a result of trash laying around.
Eat responsibly: This may not be of much importance to you. But knowing how your food sourced can do a great deal in keeping the ecosystem of our oceans healthy. Some seafood out there are harvested using unethical and destructive methods. That may leave a lasting negative impact on the ocean’s ecosystem. So know your seafood and save the ocean.
It is also a good thing to support conservation and cleaning efforts organised by different groups and organisations in the interest of keeping our oceans clean and healthy. If you have time, you can join greening programmes held locally. If not, a great alternative would be to donate to charitable organisations that carry out conservation efforts. The wellbeing of our oceans is important for the future of our planet, so let’s do our best to care for our oceans.
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