Earth Day with Whales in Paradise this Saturday 22nd of April, 2017
Many people are unaware how their daily routines are impacting the environment. Neither do they know how easy it can be to reduce this impact eg. reducing fossil fuel emissions, polluted runoff, litter and more.
It’s time to get educated folks! Spread the word to your friends and family! Volunteer for campaigns and organisations just like Earth Day. Here are some simple ways to help our planet earth..
- Transport: humans produce 84% of greenhouse gases, so let’s reduce that number! Take public transport, carpool, ride your bike instead. You can even save petrol and nasty emissions by planning your day to limit your trips out.
- Plastic based material: plastic bags and bottles – use reusable shopping bags and a reusable cup or bottle, or alternatively use aluminium cans.
*Did you know it could take up from 20-600 years for plastic to decompose, before it converts to micro plastics? In the meantime, the plastics can be an illusion to wildlife, such as sea turtles and fish, as they mistake it as food. This not only affects marine life, but humans who consume fish, have a high chance to consume the micro plastic.
- Chemicals: Avoid contaminating water with chemicals especially near stormwater drains ie. When you’re washing your car
- Water usage: try to take shorter showers, turn off the tap in between brushing your teeth, and choose water efficient white goods.
- Take 3 for the sea: whenever you are out, pick up three pieces of rubbish (or more if you can) to conserve our precious wildlife and minimise the impact it can have on our environment. Remember, 95% of inland litter, ends up at our beaches!
- Yellow bin: Recycle paper, cardboard, glass bottles, steel cans
- Op Shopping: try shopping at your local op shop before heading into the department stores. You never know what you’ll find!
*Did you know if 1 million people bought their next item clothing second hand instead of new, we would save 6 million kg of carbon pollution from entering the atmosphere?
- Compost: you can use your scraps to create a worm farm in your own backyard
- Reusable Energy: eg. Solar power - invest in solar to convert light to energy! Not only that, you will save on your energy bills.
- Cutlery: knives, forks, plates, cups, drink bottles, shopping bags OR better yet, bring your own.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT ALL…
Scientists agree that the most abundant greenhouse gas present in earth’s atmosphere is ‘carbon dioxide’. This acidic gas impacts vulnerable ecosystems, causing them to slowly dissipate. The disappointing fact is that the primary source of CO2 is produced by humans and our excess consumption of fossil fuels. With all this CO2 in the atmosphere, scientists are in constant debate about climate change, however we must continue to try and understand the evidence around us and what effect we are having on our environment and our oceans.
The ocean is extremely important, as it is one of the biggest producers of oxygen. Most of this oxygen is produced by coral reef ecosystems, however coral reefs are under immense pressures including coral bleaching and ocean acidification. With increasing sea temperatures and a lower pH value (ocean acidification) due to excess greenhouse gases, this triggers corals to become stressed and expel their symbiotic algae that provide them with energy. This also affects the ability of the corals to produce limestone, which is the building foundation of the coral colonies. Together, these pressures will kill the coral leaving a ghostly limestone skeleton where a once healthy coral lived.
The latest studies reveal large scale mass bleaching events across the Great Barrier Reef, and with litter compounded over the top, it exaggerates the already alarming problem. Available data indicates that litter has impacted at least 77 marine species in Australia from entanglement, and/or plastic ingestion. Wildlife and our planet rely on human choices for ultimate survival. It’s not too late!
Everything is connected. Dramatic changes in animal and plant specie populations can affect organisms all the way from coastal regions, corals reefs to open oceans and even humans. People’s health has and will continue to be affected by pollution as well as hundreds of thousands of jobs world wide that depend on our oceans. Marine life and inland life depends on us to be responsible and look after our earth.
Join us in our movement to improve our beautiful Australia and follow these simple guidelines to protect our wildlife. Be educated on Earth Day this Saturday!
You don’t have to stop appreciating the environment after Earth Day! Continue with your journey- check out the Sea Shepherd link to help find opportunities for you to participate in beach clean up. Find the closest one to you, so you can help our environment.
Contribute, participate, help educate others, and make more informed choices. All of these small steps will help to change the world for a better, cleaner future.