Save our Seas from Home

Save our seas from anywhere and everywhere

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Save Our Seas From Anywhere and Everywhere

Our Living Seas team are challenging you to save our seas from anywhere and everywhere! We’ve put together a list of simple changes you can make and actions to take to help protect and conserve our living seas. Whether you’re making changes at home or taking part in community action have fun in taking part in our #SOSFromAnywhereandEverywhere Challenge! 

1. Create a wise shopping list

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Go through your usual shop and see what you can swap for local and plastic free alternatives. There are often local plastic free Facebook groups at hand to help with the best places to shop in your area.

2. Learn a new fact and share it with others

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The more we know about the ocean and its inhabitants, the more we want to protect it, and there’s certainly a lot to know about the sea! Devle into books, or check out our marine wildlife explorer page. Share your new fact or creature with friends, and challenge them to do the same!

3. Cut your carbon footprint

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We all know that the increasing carbon dioxide in the world is bad for the atmosphere, but it’s also impacting our oceans too. Now being absorbed at greater rates than ever, carbon dioxide is making our seas more acidic, which is bad news for many animals and plants, but particularly for molluscs who need a specific pH level to build their shells.

Swap a drive for a bike ride or a walk, turn off electrical items when you can, and try and get creative when it comes to saving energy. Filling up flasks with water left over from the kettle and keeping the water hot means you don’t have to waste electricity boiling the water from cold again. 

4. Local litter pick

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80% of plastic in the ocean comes from the land. Rubbish on the ground can be washed into rivers and streams, and then out to sea, so a good place to start is by stopping the rubbish at its source, not giving it a chance to flow out to sea.

Head out for a litter pick in your local area. Take a photo of how much litter you’ve prevented from entering the watercourse and heading to sea.

5. Consider chemicals

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In the home, we often use a variety of chemicals, from cleaning products to washing up powder. These can end up as part of a toxic soup mixture in the sea, which is then taken up by marine wildlife and has been found to change natural behaviour and weakening immune systems, making them more vulnerable. Mammals that live in the sea have high amounts of blubber or fat to store energy and keep them warm. But this is also where chemicals are now stored too. Seals, whales and dolphin populations are becoming increasingly unwell due to this toxic soup being stored in their bodies.

Check labels for chemicals such as sodium hypochlorite, petroleum distillates, phenol and cresol, and ammonia. Go through your potions and lotions and see how many you can swap for natural alternatives.

6. Reduce waste

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It's estimated that 6 million tonnes of rubbish-most of it plastic -is dumped in the world's oceans every year, and scientific research indicates that, by weight, there is six times more plastic than phytoplankton and fifty times more plastic than zooplankton.

See how little waste you can produce in a week. You can even have a competition in your household. Give each member a bag to put your waste in and see who has the lightest bag at the end of the week.

7. Upcycle

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There are so many positives when it comes to up-cycling. Limiting the waste going to landfill, and potentially ending up the sea, reducing the need for production, which means less use of raw materials, less air pollution, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and it’s a fantastic way of being creative and making something unique!

Tetra packs turned into plant pots, an old teapot or mug into a bird feeder, some cotton pyjamas into beeswax wraps; the ideas are endless! Have a go at creating a unique upcycled artefact.

8. Spark a change in your community

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To have a real impact, let people know about your challenge, and challenge them to do it too. Chat to local shop owners, cafes etc and see if they’re doing their bit too by having plastic free options. Spread the word and spark a change! 

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