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Ocean Pollution
Ocean Pollution

This is enough!

Veganism goes hand in hand with a fight for clean and healthy Earth! What’s the biggest issue? Why shall our kids grow up on the planet we are slowly killing? A couple of weeks ago, I was outside with my little girls, we live in the countryside. While walking around, my little girl spotted this plastic bag, looked at me, picked it up and carried it to the closest bin. If she can do it, being only 2, anyone can and should!

Why? This is why!

Oceans are covering more than 70% of Earth, oceans are among the earth’s most valuable natural resources. They clean the air, govern the weather, help feed the world and provide a living for millions. Yet we are bombarding them with pollution! They are home to most of the life on Earth!  

The oceans are on the endpoint for so much of the pollution we produce here on land, no matter how far from the coast. Here are a few different ocean pollutions we cause.

Trash in the Ocean

The majority of the trash entering the Ocean each year is plastic. That’s because unlike the other trash, the single-use plastic bags, water bottles among the 8 million metric tons of the plastic items we toss instead of recycling,won’t biodegrade. They will persist for a millennium, polluting our beaches, and getting ingested by fish and seabirds.

Some of the trash is dumped directly into the seas and estimated 80% makes its way day gradually from the land. That’s why it’s so important for all of us to reduce plastic pollution.  

Ocean Pollution
Ocean Pollution

Ocean Acidification

When we burn fossil fuels, we don’t pollute just the air but the oceans too. The seas absorb as much as a quarter of all carbon emissions. That changes the pH of surface waters and leads to acidification. This problem is rapidly worsening. By the end of this century, the surface waters of the ocean could be nearly 150 per cent more acidic than they are now.  This puts animals like mussels, clams, coral and oysters in a big fight for surviving. Since they are on the bottom of the food chain it affects many fish, seabirds and marine mammals.

Ocean noise

Sound waves travel farther and faster in the sea’s that they do in the air. Many marine mammals like whales and dolphins in addition to fish and other sea creatures rely on communication by sound to find food, mate and navigate. But an increasing human-generated ocean noise pollution is changing the underwater acoustic, harming and even killing marine species worldwide!

So what can we do?

The oceans fate is not only up to the government or industry. Our daily, individual actions matters! You can start by reducing your plastic waste, organising a cleanup of your local waterway. Most importantly share your care! With your family, friends, teach your children!

Dominika O'Dowd

Dominika O’Dowd was writing for an online fashion magazine and since becoming passionate about health and animal wellbeing she educates herself and does what she loves by putting it into words for all of you.

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