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Be a Blue Planet Champion

Posted: Wednesday 3rd January 2018 by LivingSeas

Volunteers beach cleaning at GlenarmVolunteers beach cleaning at Glenarm

If you were glued to Blue Planet II, why not make it a pledge to take action to protect the marine wildlife you love from the devastating effects of plastic pollution. Dave Wall shares his top tips for how you can be a #blueplanetchampion.

Surely we have a responsibility to care for our Blue Planet. The future of humanity, and indeed all life on Earth, now depends upon us."

Millions of us were glued to our seats for Blue Planet II, which left us in awe of just how amazing our underwater world is. At the same time, we were shocked with how human activity from marine plastics to overfishing is wreaking havoc upon this fragile environment.

Eight million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads – enters our seas each year - that’s a truckload of rubbish every minute! By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in our ocean.

Sir David Attenborough concluded Blue Planet II with a heartfelt appeal: “Surely we have a responsibility to care for our Blue Planet. The future of humanity, and indeed all life on Earth, now depends upon us."

Although there is a big responsibility for businesses and governments to act to reduce the scourge of single-use plastics, there are also simple things we can all do to look after our Blue Planet. Our actions now can help to ensure that the incredible marine wildlife we enjoyed in Blue Planet II, and enjoy around our own coastline, doesn’t become history.

 

  • Dispose of your litter properly and recycle as much plastic as possible. 
  • Reduce your reliance on single-use plastics: buy a reusable coffee cup and water bottle; buy loose fruit and vegetables rather than pre-packaged items, and always carry a re-useable shopping bag.
  • Buy cosmetics and toiletries that are free from plastic microbeads (check the ingredients list for Polyethylene and Polypropylene), which are harmful to marine wildlife.
  • Flushing litter down our toilets blocks our sewage systems and pollutes our seas. Only flush the Three Ps: pee, poo and toilet paper! Everything else goes in the bin, so have one in your toilet for that purpose. Use less chemical cleaners and never dispose of unused chemicals down the drain.
  • Do a beach clean: many local groups, including Ulster Wildlife, organise beach cleans on a regular basis - keep an eye on our Living Seas NI Facebook page for details. Or why not bring a bag with you next time you go for a walk along the coast and do a mini-beach clean.
  • Choose sustainably caught seafood: look for the MSC label when you’re shopping or eating out, which provides reassurance that the fish has been independently certified as sustainable.
  • Ask your local representatives and politicians to support recycling and plastic waste reduction initiatives.
  • Finally, why not become a member of Ulster Wildlife and join thousands of others helping our marine wildlife thrive in Northern Ireland? If you join before 12 August, you'll also receive a marine-themed pack and FREE gift. 
     

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