10 New Years Resolutions to Help Protect Our Seas in 2022

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It’s that time of year when we all start to reflect on the year past and what we might do differently next year. As our community of fellow sea-lovers we know you care as deeply as we do about our seas and how we look after them next year and beyond. We have identified 10 ways YOU can help next year whether from your own home, when you’re out and about in the world or even in the water. Small changes each of us makes can make a big difference if we all work together to help save our seas.

AROUND HOME

1. Conserve Water

Use less water so excess runoff and wastewater will not flow into the ocean. There are so many ways to cut down on your home water consumption – from devices that go into your cistern to slowly reducing shower times and cutting back no baths – don’t keep that tap running! 

2. Reduce Pollutants

Try to choose nontoxic chemicals and dispose of herbicides, pesticides, and cleaning products properly. Whether choosing your cosmetics, shampoos and household cleaning products to the fruit and veg and produce you pick up – look for brands and labels that support a reduction in water usage through manufacture and harvesting. It also helps to look for recyclable packaging while you’re at it. 

3. Reduce Waste

Cut down on what you throw away. We can all do with sense checking how much plastic we consume and therefore throw back out there into the world. A lot of our plastic ends up in the ocean so the more we can reduce our usage all together the better. Where it is unavoidable choose packaging that can be reused or recycled. 

OUT AND ABOUT

4. Shop Wisely

Choose sustainable seafood. Buy less plastic and bring a reusable bag. Basically – think before you choose/buy as every £1 you spend can support a cause or add to the problem. 

5. Reduce Vehicle Pollution

The cars we drive can cause irreparable damage to the environment – although being able to get around is an essential part of life we can always think about how we may be able to do things differently. Try and think electric or use fuel efficient vehicles, carpool, take a train or ride a bike where you possibly can so that you reduce your output where possible.

6. Use Less Energy

Another sense check – are you wating energy? Start by choosing energy efficient light bulbs and don’t overset your thermostat. Every small save can help and smart meters can help you see where you may be haemorrhaging energy and can also SAVE YOU MONEY in the meantime. 

OUT ON THE WATER

7. Fish Responsibly

Follow “catch and release” practices and keep more fish alive. Also take a look at the companies you buy fish and seafood from, are they accredited as following safe sea practices and also doing what they can to conserve the eco system in the ocean and also our fish and seafood supplies for generations to come. 

8. Practice Safe Boating

Whenever we are out on the water at all we should be very respectful of the environment and not disturbing the wildlife, seaweeds and eco system that abide there. 

9. Respect Habitat

Even from the shore and even when it isn’t our direct pollutant we should be mindful of what is going into the ocean. If you see any sort of pollution happen e.g from overflow pipes, building sites etc ensure you are reporting this so it can be addressed and stopped if it is either illegal or causing a problem – if you see it, say it.

ANYTIME, ANYWHERE

10.Volunteer

If you live near to a beach try and volunteer for clean-ups at the shore and in your community. There are several organisation that help you conduct your own beach cleans such as 2 minute beach clean and surfers against sewage leading the charge. 

Protecting our oceans doesn’t need to be huge gestures but more a considered approach to how you live and consume in the world; whether transport, groceries or water itself. We can all play our part in the future of our seas and helping both protect and restore our beloved oceans.

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