Healthy oceans are in everyone's interest. In our other chapters we have discussed the mechanics of our ocean system, realising that ocean currents have no bias nor do they abide borders. Negligence and damage in one ocean will have a universal impact on all our oceans. As people who spend most of their free time in the sea, it's vital we learn how to safeguard an environment that enriches us so much.
One third of all CO2 released into the atmosphere is absorbed by our oceans - that's over 20 million tonnes a day.
Initially scientists thought this was good as it reduces greenhouse gases; however we now know that it is irrefutably damaging the oceans. When CO2 dissolves in seawater it increases the acidity of the sea, harming organisms at the bottom of the food chain. Harming bottom organisms results in catastrophic domino effects in the rest of the food chain. Additionally, some fish cannot detect prey in the acidic oceans we have created, further distorting the food chain. Increases in acidity also means more reefs cannot rebuild effectively and shell based organisms are quite literally dissolving. Those at greatest risk are oysters, clams, sea urchins and calcerous plankton.
How can i help?
You can help by reducing your personal carbon emissions. There are hundreds of ways to do this, so get going! Below we have outlined a few of our top tips:
Walking through Aberdeen's wind and rain can be less than pleasant, but you guys surf in the North Sea! Cutting down on driving will dramatically reduce your personal carbon emissions, you'll save money and last but not least - your bum will thank you for it.
We're a bunch of avid travellers, but unfortunately our flights to these far flung corners could be their detriment. Air travel is one of the biggest contributors to our personal carbon emissions. Be a bus wanker, take up train spotting, take the long way.
We all love an avocado toast, but have you looked at where they've travelled from? The average avocado travels 4,296 miles to your plate, with most avocados coming all the way from Mexico. We're lucky to live in some of the most arable land in the U.K., take advantage of what's next door and buy local.
Make a conscious decision to buy and use less packaging. Bring bags to the supermarket. Buy from local green grocers. Avoid disposable cutlery. Reuse containers. Recycle everything. Aim to stop using your general waste bin.
Ironically, buying bottled water is hugely detrimental to the water we're trying to protect. Think ahead and bring a water bottle - there are loads of places to refill. If being a good person doesn't persuade you, the average person spends £50 on bottled water a year in the U.K.
A controversial topic, but carbon emissions due to meat and dairy are high due to many factors like deforestation to provide grazing, removing the crucial trees that reduce CO2. When you do buy meat, try to buy locally, organically and ethically.