Caring for the environment is an increasingly important issue, which is why World Oceans Day is celebrated on June 8th “to raise public awareness of the consequences of human activity for the oceans and to launch a global citizens’ movement for the oceans”. As the United Nations recalls, the oceans are the lungs of the world as well as being an important source of food and medicine.
For this reason, and bearing in mind that 80% of the pollution of the oceans is caused by humans, we would like to give you a series of tips so that your summer days at the beach can be 100% sustainable and avoid environmental problems. Are you prepared to evaluate your behavior at the beach?
Use Public Transport
The care of the environment begins before reaching the beach, specifically on the way to it. You can go on foot or by bike and if the beach is far away, you can always use public transport to try to make your journey as environmentally friendly as possible. If you’re going on holiday, finding a hotel on the beach with a good location is a good idea, not only for comfort but also for the care of the environment.
Don’t Litter and Keep the Beaches Clean
It seems obvious, but it’s worth remembering. In the vast majority of beaches, there are separate garbage containers that allow you to separate and recycle properly. If you go to a virgin beach that does not have these services, keep the garbage and when you leave, take it with you to throw it in other containers.
Also worth mentioning are cigarette butts and ashes. Do not leave them in the sand, nor in the water. Try to store them somewhere that is not flammable and when you leave the beach, throw them into suitable containers.
Be Careful of Your Impacts on the Environment
Always be respectful of the environment, don’t tear off that flower that you find beautiful to take home, or importune the fish while diving or snorkeling. There are incredible places in the world to dive and if we want to keep them, the best solution is to respect them from a distance. Be careful from getting to close to native fauna to take a selfie, it can be very annoying for them.
Forget about Plastic
The problem of plastic in the oceans is one of the most prominent issues of today. According to the United Nations, 8 million tons of plastic a year end up in the oceans, wreaking havoc on wildlife, fishing, and tourism.
You can avoid plastic bottles by using thermoses or aluminum bottles, carry biodegradable bags, or use reusable containers. And above all, forget about plastic straws, you don’t need them and they can take up to a thousand years to decompose, ending up in the sea and being ingested by different marine species.
5 Bonus Tips to Enjoy the Beach Without Damaging It
For many, a good weekend plan in the middle of summer is to go to the beach and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea; however, not everyone acts correctly and ends up polluting that beautiful place, thus damaging the environment.
The large presence of solid waste, in many cases caused by bad practices or misinformation of bathers and vacationers, cause only 30% of beaches nationwide to be considered as “healthy”, according to data from the Ministry of Environment.
Therefore, below are some advice that will allow us to enjoy the beaches without polluting them:
1. Carry with you a cloth bag or other eco-friendly material intended for the waste generated during your day at the beach.
2. As soon as you get to the beach, quickly locate the nearest waste container. So, at the end of the day, you’ll know where to leave all your waste.
3. If you smoke, collect your cigarette butts! They are highly polluting because of the chemicals they contain, so you don’t want them to reach the sea. Put them together and then dispose of them correctly.
4. Always have in your backpack a reusable bottle to store water or other beverages, so you avoid buying small plastic bottles.
5. Take advantage of the walks next to the shore to collect, in a suitable bag (eco-friendly), wastes that you can find in your way and if possible, separate those that can be recycled.
If you follow these five simple tips, you can help improve the environment around beaches and continue to make it a great place to go to for generations to come.