10 Ways You Can Help Marine Life Every Day
1. Volunteer with local community groups to stencil storm drains, Adopt
A Beach, or monitor the water quality of local watersheds. Organize your
classroom, school club, or organization to clean litter from rivers, creeks,
estuaries, and beaches.Did you know? Storm water pollution (urban runoff)
is the leading cause of water pollution nationwide.Pollutants such as
motor oil, antifreeze, detergents, litter, paint, pesticides, pet waste,
and copper (from brake pads) are flushed off streets and into storm drains
which lead straight to rivers, creeks, and the oceans.
2. Participate in Save the Whales Petitions with your classroom, club or church group. Petitions about different issues can be found at our website, www.savethewhales.org under Take Action. Each signature from an individual to a government official represents the opinion of hundreds of people.
3. Cut up plastic six-pac rings before recycling or disposing
them in the garbage. Thousands of birds, fish, and other marine creatures
die needlessly from entanglement.
4.Pick up trash while walking in your neighborhoods. Participate in National
Coastal Clean Up Day (September) www.coastforyou.org to prevent pollution
in watersheds and storm drains. Did you know that? One of the most common sources
of beach pollution is cigarette butts. They can take up to seven years
to breakdown. Last year, over one million cigarette butts were removed
by volunteers during National Coastal Clean Up Day.
5. Never release balloons outside as they can travel hundreds of miles
and land in rivers, creeks, and oceans. Whales, dolphins and turtles can
be killed by ingesting balloons mistaken for jellyfish. See Save The Whales
“Balloon Alert” flyer in English and Spanish. Educate your
schools or community businesses not to participate in balloon releases. A
60 foot sperm whale washed up dead from ingesting a balloon which blocked
its stomach and caused it to starve.
6. Keep your car well maintained to prevent leaks onto roadways and driveways
which cause water pollution. Carpool when possible, or ride a bike.
Recycle used motor oil for free. Take hazardous waste such as paint, pesticides,
and antifreeze to a hazardous waste site. Call 1-800- CLEAN-UP or visit
www.cleanup.org for the free drop off location near you.
7. Never discard used fishing line and hooks in the water. This can entangle
birds, fish, turtles, seals, and otters and cause the death of these animals.
8.Never dump anything in the street as it goes into the storm drains which
travel straight to rivers, creeks, and ultimately
the oceans without being cleaned. Did you know that? One quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons
of water. A drop of oil the size of a dime stuck on a sea otter can kill
them. They die from hypothermia (freezing to death).
9.Recycle, Reuse and Reduce. Landfills across the nation are filling up
with discarded items and refuse. Hazardous waste thrown in the garbage,
ends up in landfills where it leeches into the soil and ground water
causing contamination. Reduce your refuse by recycling, reusing and composting.
Plant an organic garden free of pesticides.
10.Buy products that are environmentally friendly and support organic
Save The Whales
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