Our oceans are dying.
Soon enough, civilizations will suffer a huge disruption in our ecosystem because of human negligence. We might not know it, but with 90% of plastic dumped into our ocean waters, we are killing our ecosystem.
Every 8th of June, we are celebrating the World Oceans Day to commemorate the beauty and enchanting tranquility of our oceans. The question is, will there still be clean water and marine lifeforms decades from now?
We need a wake-up call...
Here Are 4 Ways You Can Help Conserve Aquatic Wildlife
Don't ditch plastic, recycle it.
Thinking of disposing of your water bottle after a steamy gym session?
These polyurethane materials are sturdy enough to withstand decomposition for around 500-1,000 years. In fact, the University of Georgia revealed a shocking amount of 18 billion pounds plastic winding up to our oceans annually, enough to circle the whole world 4 times. Yes, 4 times.
If you've been feeling grand holding a warm cup of coffee in your favorite coffee shop, you might want to bring your tumbler with you. Keep a tumbler handy to quench your thirst while on the go. Packing your kid's lunch? Say no to foils and plastic wraps! Instead, put them in a reusable container resistant to heat or a plasticware to keep them tightly sealed.
Enjoy shopping without the need for plastic or paper bags. Keep in mind to bring your tote bags or green bags- even if they don't look as fab and fashionable.
With recycling, you can help prevent the growing number of plastic being drawn to the ocean day by day.
Segregate your trash, please.
Think plastic is harmless?
Plastic, given its composition, causes more than 80% of the harmful effects to marine life.
Once these species ingest plastic, their stomach acids cannot break down its particles, resulting in suffocation or indigestion and eventually, death.
Now, 46,000 pieces of plastic cover the oceans per square mile. Soon enough, these polluted waters that do not undergo reverse osmosis will enter our water lines- contaminating the water we consume.
BPA, plastic's primary compound, can then be absorbed and mixed within the human bloodstream. Exposure to high levels of BPA can cause reproductive difficulties and neurological issues, including fatal birth defects.
Thinking of how you can get rid of plastic without the guilt?
Segregating your waste can be of huge help. Your old cosmetic containers, used bottles, CDs and grocery bags can be donated to institutions that recycle polyurethane and alter their composition.
Participate in clean-up drives
There is about 25 trillion debris of plastic submerged in our oceans. Most of them are washed from the coasts until it swirls into the ocean gyres.
Plastic that floats on the ocean waters block sunlight and oxygen, making both the photic and aphotic zones a not-so-liveable place for its inhabitants.
Piling up on these problems are industrial chemicals poured directly into waters without being treated or quarantined. These allow the fungi to grow rapidly, resulting to the so-called algal bloom. It accumulates on disproportionate amounts of its consumers, blocking the breathability for most marine species.
Both deplete oxygen and limits the chances of sunlight penetration. Here, a dead zone is born where no life can ever be seen.
Clean-up drives on coastlines and communities near the waters aim to mitigate these problems. Signing up for volunteering won't hurt your pockets, it's the death of the ecosystem that soon will.
Embrace marine existence
Did you know that about 100,000 marine animals lost their life after ingesting plastic impossible to digest?
About 1 million seabirds lost their lives in vain due to consuming plastic they thought could be edible.
You'll never know their grief unless you have seen how an ecosystem morphs from one life form interacting with another. Hydroponics is a good way to learn and to teach the value of the ecosystem to younger individuals.
Deviating from usual agriculture, this hydro cultural strategy lets you grow a plant from a soilless medium. Your bud grows on water while getting its nutritional benefits from other species, mainly fishes.
To understand how much it's a need for species to thrive in their habitat, aquaponics propel both the life of the fish and the plant that consumes their byproducts. After the plant's photosynthetic process, it gives off oxygen, necessary for the fish's respiration.
There are now about 500 dead ocean zones that cover a vast 245,000 sq. km. globally. This lifeless zone is now about the size of United Kingdom- and soon enough, it can be the size of a continent.
Saving our oceans in this modern day of urbanity might not sound like a fun thing to do- but it pays off, even for generations to come.
We believe that all we need is the human empathy to understand the problems our marine life is facing.
EcoQube C lets you understand the symbiosis through simple indoor aquaponics.
Join the EcoQube community and let's help save our marine ecosystems.