Helvarg’s “50 Ways to Save the Ocean,” Installment 2

lizard-fishThere’s more bad news on the t.v., radio, and Internet, not the least of which is that we are all descended from lizard fish, and our ancient homeland/water is in ruin.  But, ya’ll, we *can* totally save the ocean — at least for a few more centuries. Thanks to David Helvarg and others, we know how. Here are a few more tips from 50 Ways to Save the Ocean:

1. “Grow a Natural Yard and Garden: What we plant can have a profound effect on local waters that flow to the sea.” Not only do lush, grassy lawns require loads of water, but the fertilizers and pesticides we use run off with the first big rain and then pour into storm drains which spill into the ocean. And this acidifies the sea, killing vast ecosystems. Think how many lawns span the globe and how much chemical accumulation that yields in addition to the toxic ooze draining from industrial farms, etc.

Here’s an article on how to “green up” your landscape.

2. “Conserve Water: the less water flowing into local septic, sewage, and storm-drain systems, the better our waste facilities can process their loads and prevent polluted run-off.” It’s amazing how much you can accomplish just by adding an aerator to your faucets. And get a cute rain barrel for your yard. Durham peeps, you can get a terrific deal on a painted/muraled one from Recyclique.

3. “Conserve Energy: Energy conservation reduces the impact of (coal-fired) power plants, which can poison ocean waters and fish.” Coal is still the most polluting fossil fuel of all, and we North Carolinians know all about some of the side-effects. So, you know, insulate your home properly. This will keep you warmer and cooler at the right times too. And remember to turn off those lights and appliances when you leave the room.

4. Keep your garbage non-toxic. Some nasty no-nos for the garbage can: chemical cleaning products, carpeting, insulation, batteries thermostats, and especially electronics and computer parts/computers. These leach mercury, lead, and “persistent organic pollutants” into our food chain and water supply. So, keep recycling containers for these items, and take them to your local recycling center.

5. Volunteer with and/or donate to your most cherished river and ocean non-profits. A few of my personal favorites:

NATIONAL:
Mission Blue
Blue Ocean Institute
Blue Frontier
SeaGrant (many states, including NC, have a branch. The North Carolina Sea Grant publication is also absolutely stellar. So worth a subscription.)

NORTH CAROLINA
Haw River Assembly
Clean Water for NC
NC Coastal Federation
NC Conservation Network

LOUISIANA
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Gulf Restoration Network

 

 

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