Did you know that the ocean covers 71 percent of our planet and amazing new creatures are being discovered every day? It is thought that an estimated 50-80 percent of all life that is found on Earth is under the ocean’s surface and it contains 99 percent of the living space on the planet. And yet less than 10 percent of that space has been explored by humans.
June is recognized as World Ocean Month. It’s an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to responsible stewardship of our ocean resources. It's also a time to celebrate together the natural beauty and wonder of the oceans while ensuring that the more we do to protect our ocean, the better chance they are preserved and maintained for future generations. So the people behind Seven Seas Illustration have come up with five easy things families can do to save the ocean.
Recruit volunteers — even if it’s just your friends and family — and clean up a local beach, lake, river, stream, or wetland. By spending part of a day picking up litter, we realize the trash in our local water sources will eventually make its way to the ocean.
This is the most threatening issue to our oceans: Most of the trash picked up on shores is plastic, which harms sea animals. Turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, birds get entangled in fishing line, and animals get stuck in plastic wrappings. Trade in those plastic water bottles in favor of reusable tumblers with lids.
Climate change is linked to sea level rise and ocean acidification, both of which could drastically affect marine ecosystems. By energy-proofing your home, making sure to insulate properly, keeping your heating and cooling system maintained, and switching to energy efficient light bulbs, you’ll help reduce the effects of climate change and save some money in the process!
Another way to help the ocean is by paying attention to where your seafood comes from. Overfishing is a global problem, and many common fishing and farming methods result in major habitat damage. One of the simplest things you can do is ask your local grocery stores and restaurants if they sell sustainable seafood. If consumers make it known that sustainable food is what they are going to buy, eventually that is what stores will sell!
One person can make a difference, but think how much greater an impact you’ll have if you recruit your friends to the cause! Tell your friends about the issues and use your social media platforms to raise awareness.
The goal of Seven Seas Illustrationis to create beautiful and whimsical illustrations of creatures from the seven seas for children and adults with a conservation twist. Learning about the many species, such as where they live and what they eat, is a great way to understand their place in the chain of life and how we can help them thrive.