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Top 5 Things You Can Do To Help The Ocean This Earth Day
 April 22, 2009 @ 01:00 AM (EST)
Welcome to Earth Day 2009! Since the earth is comprised over 70% water, as divers and underwater photographers, we can consider this a day to pay tribute to our oceans as well. So the question I'd ask us all to ask ourselves today is: "What have I done for our planet and it's oceans lately?"

Do Your Part For The Oceans  
Of course Earth Day is just one day (and world Ocean Day is June 8th by the way). Promise yourself to help the planet and its oceans every day. Here are our top 5 suggestions.
  1. Earth DayStop accepting plastic bags when you shop for groceries or other items. Plastics often end up in the ocean and we can do our small part not to contribute to that. Convince as many of your friends and family to do the same.
  2. Start using non-toxic organic and biodegradable cleaners and soaps. Eventually all of this wastewater ends up in the ocean.
  3. Only eat sustainable seafood. Get a free pocket guide or use Blue Ocean Institute's text message service to understand the threat levels to the species you will consume. If you still eat Chillean Sea Bass, Shark, Bluefin Tuna, or imported Shrimp, as but a few examples, you are consuming seafood that is unsustainable.
  4. Reduce your carbon footprint. The oceans are warming and acidifying. You can do your part by being efficient with your energy consumption - switch to compact fluorescent bulbs, maintain your vehicle properly, and purchasing carbon offsets.
  5. Keep diving and shooting. Share your images with as man non-divers as possible. Help them understand the beauty that lies in the delicate balance of human overpopulation and overconsumption. Your underwater photos and videos are the eyes and ears of the ocean, and the ocean thanks you for being its ambassador.
So, what have you done for the ocean lately? Would love to see your comments below!


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