World Ocean Day is a global celebration dedicated to honoring and safeguarding our magnificent ocean. As we recognise its immense significance in sustaining life on Earth, we must also acknowledge the challenges it faces. Pollution, overfishing, and habitat destruction threaten the delicate balance of our ocean ecosystems. On this World Ocean Day, IEMA's Liam Bower, a member of the IEMA Green Team, explores how each one of us can make a positive contribution to improving the health of the ocean and ensuring its preservation for generations to come.

Reducing Plastic Pollution

Taking small steps towards reducing plastic consumption can have a profound impact on ocean health. By embracing a plastic-free lifestyle, such as carrying reusable water bottles and shopping bags, and refusing single-use plastics, we can minimise the amount of plastic waste that finds its way into the ocean. Engaging in beach cleanups also helps prevent plastic pollution, so look out for one taking place near you or set one up yourself!

Making Sustainable Seafood Choices

Overfishing disrupts the ocean's delicate food chains and threatens marine biodiversity. By consciously selecting sustainable seafood options, we can play a crucial role in conserving fish populations. Look for certifications like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) when purchasing fish, supporting responsible fishing practices. Additionally, supporting local fishermen who prioritize sustainable methods can further contribute to ocean conservation.

Conserving Water

Preserving freshwater resources indirectly impacts the health of the ocean. By adopting water conservation practices, we reduce the strain on freshwater ecosystems, maintaining the balance between saltwater and freshwater habitats. Simple actions like fixing leaks, employing efficient watering techniques, and using water-saving appliances can minimize excessive runoff that carries pollutants into the ocean.

Supporting Marine Conservation Organizations

Numerous organizations are dedicated to protecting and conserving the ocean. Show your support by contributing financially or offering your time as a volunteer. These organizations engage in vital research, advocate for marine protection policies, and actively work toward the restoration and preservation of marine habitats. By assisting them in their endeavors, we strengthen collective efforts to safeguard the ocean's future.

Spreading Awareness and Education

Knowledge empowers change. Take the initiative to educate yourself about ocean-related issues and share your insights with others. Utilise social media platforms, organise educational events, or collaborate with schools and community groups to raise awareness about the importance of ocean conservation. By inspiring others to make more sustainable choices and become ocean stewards themselves, we create a ripple effect that amplifies our impact.

On this World Ocean Day, let's recognise the power of our individual actions in preserving the ocean's invaluable ecosystems. Through simple changes in our daily lives, such as reducing plastic usage, making sustainable seafood choices, conserving water, supporting marine conservation organizations, and spreading awareness, we can collectively foster a healthier future for our ocean. 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans, so healthy oceans translate to a healthy planet. Together, let's embrace the responsibility of ocean stewardship and ensure its vitality for generations to come.

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Liam Bower

Membership and Standards Officer, IEMA


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