At the last Surfrider Beach Cleanup, I picked up their handbill headlined, “10 ways to help our oceans waves and beaches”. It’s been lost in my backpack, so I thought I’d type it up and put it out there before it ends up being garbage.
Each year over 20,000 beaches across the United States are closed or posted as unhealthy. If we all pitch in, we can make a difference in keeping our world’s oceans, waves and beaches clean and healthy.
Here are 10 ways we can work together to make a difference:
- Pick up your pet’s wastes. Pet waste that reaches the ocean can make both people and marine life sick!
- Conserve energy. Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs and other energy saving activities helps to slow climate change. Global warming will have dramatic impacts on our coastlines.
- Hold on to your butt. It’s best not to smoke, but if you do, make sure you dispose of your used cigarettes in a proper waste container. Cigarette butts are the number one litter component found on the beach!
- Don’t hose down your driveways. Not only does it waste water, but it causes oils and other pollutants to end up in our oceans. Use a broom and dust pan instead.
- Use native or climate-adapted plants in your garden. These kinds of plants use less water, which helps reduce runoff and helps keep our beaches clean.
- Always dispose of used motor oil properly. Never dump oil in a storm drain or field. Instead, take it to a gas station or approved collection area for recycling.
- When you go to the beach, make sure you not only pick up your trash, try and pick up at least one piece of somebody else’s. If everyone did this, we’d have our beaches and coastlines looking better in no time!
- Cut back on your use of fertilizers. Excess fertilizers that make it into our waterways can cause harmful algae blooms that can harm fish, marine mammals and other sea life.
- Avoid using single-use plastic bottles and bags. These and other types of plastics often end up on our beaches and in our oceans, where they harm birds, sea turtles and other marine life. Instead, use refillable bottles and reusable bags and containers.
- Join the Surfrider Foundation! We are a non-profit grassroots environmental organization that works to protect oceans, waves and beaches across the globe.
For more information on other ways to keep your beach clean, or to join the Surfrider Foundation, visit us at www.surfrider.org.
…And glad to see the flyer was printed on recycled paper using soy based ink! 🙂