It’s World Ocean Day, a time to not only celebrate our beautiful oceans, but to reflect on our overall environmental impact. With just 228,000 known species in the ocean, and over 2 million unknown, the vast body of water that covers most of our planet is still largely a mystery. Human activities often have a negative impact on marine ecosystems and the global environment, but here are 4 easy things you can do to protect our planet and celebrate World Ocean Day every single day.
Cut back on fish
The fishing industry is considered to be one of the greatest threats to our oceans. Overfishing depletes marine populations, and can wipe out entire species. The good news is, you can have a direct effect on this industry by cutting back on your fish consumption. Changing habits is always hard but going vegetarian one day out of the week is a manageable start. Saving fish for special occasions, or simply eating it once or twice a week is another way to make a positive impact.
If quarantine has taught us anything, it’s that too much human activity is definitely a bad thing for nature. Venice’s canals — which have seen a return in seabirds and fish, as well as cleaner waters — are proof of this. When humans stay home, nature thrives. If working from home doesn’t seem feasible for you in our post-quarantine world, consider carpooling or using public transportation as alternatives to commuting alone by car. It’s still early days, but many companies are creating more flexible policies that allow for remote work, and in many cases, employees are asking to stay home. One great example is our company, Listen & Learn, which relies purely on remote work with no commutes involved!
Air travel is the second biggest contributor to global warming and, with more people than ever flying, is on a dangerous trajectory to growing even more. This doesn’t mean you should give up on airplane travel altogether, just do it more mindfully. When you can, opt for other forms of travel, like buses and trains. Instead of multiple small plane journeys every year, plan for a few big trips. Not only will this approach offer you opportunities to stay in a country longer, but you can also be more thorough with your travel prep beforehand (for example, by learning a new language so you can get around like a local)!
The production and use of paper and plastic products can be incredibly detrimental to our planet. Luckily, going completely paperless and cutting back on plastic is easier than ever. You can file your taxes online, buy e-books instead of physical ones, and invest in clothing that’s free of the toxic micro-plastics that make their way into our oceans. If you really stop to think about it, you’d probably be surprised by all the ways you’re already limiting your use of paper and plastic and doing your part for the planet!
Are you inspired to learn a new language in preparation for a big trip this year? The good news is, we keep our environmental impact low with 100% paper-free and eco-friendly online language classes! Our native-speaking tutors can tailor a language program to fit your unique goals and schedule, so contact us to find out more about how our courses work!