So it’s 2016. Can’t think of a New Year’s Resolution? Have one but you’re looking for more? Already broke yours and looking for a new one?
Ditch the diet resolution this year, and resolve to help solve current environmental management issues! With your help, leading scientists and activists can find the means to effectively deal with environmental crises. And, in fact, you are needed MOST in 2016. As Sylvia Earle says,
“The next five years may be the most critically important of the next 10,000+ years—the best chance our species will have to protect what remains of the natural systems that give us life.”
– Dr. Sylvia Earle
So act now! Here’s a few simple ways to make a difference:
- Pledge to Eat SustainablyDownload the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch App to become a sustainable eater today. The next time you’re debating whether to get the Tuna Tartare or Mahi Mahi, type in your choices to see if your dish is a good choice, or something that you should be avoiding. This is one of the easiest ways to think before you eat!
2. Ditch the Plastic!
Make a promise to yourself to limit plastic in your life. Think about using reusable water bottles or shopping bags in 2016. (I have been plastic water bottle free for over three years now! You can too.)
3. Calling All Divers: Dive Against Debris
Work with Project Aware to clean up trash that pollutes our oceans and endangers marine life. Pick a dive near you and jump in! Or you can donate to Project Aware to facilitate the actions of other Dive Against Debris divers
4. Take Project Aware’s Ocean Pledge
Pledge to follow Project Aware’s 10 tips for divers to help protect the ocean. One tip is to shrink your carbon footprint. Can you guess what the others are?
5. Open Ended: Use your unique talents to help fight for the ocean
“Look in the mirror, consider your talents, and think about how you might use them to make a difference. Some have artistic skills, others are good with numbers or have a way with words. Everyone has power to make a difference as an individual, or by joining the company of others who share a common goal. The key is in knowing that what you do matters, including doing nothing!” – Dr. Sylvia Earle