Here are some tips to reduce your impact on the Blue Planet.
Always dispose of trash properly, even in the city (cigarettes butts shouldn’t be thrown down). In 2013, over 650,000 people in 93 countries participated in the International Coastal Cleaning Campaign.
If you pick up a creature on the shoreline to examine it, put it back exactly where you have found it. Do not disturb – if you turn over a pebble out of curiosity, put it back exactly where it was.
If you are a diver, follow instructions of the diving guide. Don’t touch fragile corals or disturb animals. Do not take anything up to the surface. Even the remains of dead organisms play a role in life.
If you are not living in a coastal area, get involved in local environmental programms (bay, lake or coastal environment). Every drop ends in the Ocean !
A 5 minutes shower uses 30 to 80 liters of water and a bath 150 to 200 liters: taking a shower saves water and helps reduce efforts for treatment of used waters. Pause the water flow when soaping and avoid long showers.
If you sail, keep waste on board in a portable toilet or holding tank to dispose of at an approved disposal facility. Encourage marina owners to maintain adequate pumpout facilities. Don't anchor on the reef or seagrass bed.
Respect coastal zones: dunes, bird reproduction, cliffs etc… stay on hiking trails and do not pull out plants: they are holding the soil together.
When traveling, support local economy (buy local products for food, hire local guide).
Choose eco-tourism facilities (hostel, resort, cruising boat…) when you travel. A tourist in a hotel in Africa uses 7 to 10 times more water than a local habitant for drinking water and watering his field.
Repair your leaking faucet: it can increase by 20% total water used at home
As a citizen, ask your local community to be respectful of efficient sewage treatment: encourage your local government to recycle and upgrade sewage treatment systems.
Recycle glass: one ton of recycled glass saves 660 kg of sand and 100 kg of fuel.
Collect rainwater with containers. By doing so, you can water your plants.
Foster a project or report attacks on the coastal area when you notice one (including those caused by pollution, erosion as well as irresponsible construction).