Earth Day is upon us. It’s also the one year anniversary of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico (worst oil spill in history) & the 25 year anniversary of Chernobyl (worst nuclear/radiation disaster in history.) With all of these horrific events and their aftermaths affecting the natural balance of our planet, it’s important that we give a damn about our planet EVERYDAY. Let’s use today to discover new ways we can lend Mother Nature a helping hand. As you know, .KeepiTight. is located in the desert of AZ, so not too many forests/large bodies of water around here, but check out this awesome 10-point list by Maria Rodale that gives everybody simple ways to help out what covers the majority of our planet – whether we have oceanfront property or not.
In a previous post, I wrote about “Oceana
Ted Danson’s amazing book. He’s got a lot of great save-the-ocean tips
in there for what you can do to keep our oceans
clean, and help to protect the magical life beneath its surface. But I thought of 10 more ways that might surprise you, and which anyone can do even if you live far, far away from any ocean or sea.
1: Go fishing! And eat your local fish.
Catch it yourself if you can. Or buy it (or trade for it) with a local fisherman. But before you do that, make sure your local water is clean
(good luck with that). At least you’ll be getting personally acquainted with your local fish and what they need to thrive.
2: Take Wholemega fish capsules instead of eating fish. I have heard personally from Tom Newmark, chairman of the Board of New Chapter vitamins, how sustainably and carefully the company collects its fish oil from wild-caught Alaskan salmon. I trust their fish oil. So can you.
3: Avoid plastics at all costs. OK. Plastic is made from petroleum. Oil harvesting is a major source of ocean pollution (and wastes oil on things we don’t need). Then we throw it out and it ends up in the ocean again. How stupid is that?! One more reason to be as plastic freeas you can.
4: Only use sunscreen when absolutely necessary. There are lots of studies showing that the chemicals in sunscreen are not only bad for us, but they also kill coral reefs. If we don’t stop killing them, coral reefs may be destroyed in our lifetime. By only using small amounts of sunscreen, only when absolutely necessary, you keep chemicals out of the water, and you don’t contribute to the plastic-bottle pollution either.
5: Buy fish-free pet food. Lots of good fish that would otherwise feed whales and dolphins — as well as wasted fish from inefficient harvesting — go toward making pet food. If you see “fish meal” on the label, don’t buy it!
6: Enjoy Fishless Fridays! A lot of people I know eat fish on Fridays — it’s a holdover from when the Catholic Church said that you shouldn’t eat meat on Fridays. As a result, all across the country there are fish fries on Friday nights. Take a cue from Meatless Mondays (which I support), and try Fishless Fridays, which means you go veggie instead.
7: Take your water sports off the grid.
If you love being out on the water, do it oil free — sail, row, swim, surf! All of those are healthy, wonderful ways to enjoy the water
without spoiling the water, the fish, or people’s hearing.
8: Drive a hybrid, ride a bike, walk, or even better, ride a horse to wherever you are going. Again, oil is the major ocean polluter. And we’re running out of it. And the price of gas is only going to keep going up and up. Find alternative means of transportation, and you’ll be saving money, saving gas, and keeping the oceans cleaner.
9: Read “Oceana.” You won’t regret it.
10: Demand organic! (And buy organic.) Agricultural toxic chemical runoff is, in addition to oil pollution, one of the biggest contributors to the destruction of the oceans. The only way to stop chemical companies from selling chemicals is for YOU to stop buying chemically grown food.
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