Samudra means ocean. I have always felt a deep connection to the ocean and I hope to save as much of this planet as I can while I am renting space on it! As I was writing this post, I started to type up an inspirational "why I became a marine biologist" story and then I deleted the entire thing because its not my story that matters, its this one....
BRAVO Chasing Coral for being hands down, one of the most powerful documentaries I have ever watched! The Great Barrier Reef is where I started my career as a marine biologist and unfortunately I have seen the same destruction happen on the reefs in South Florida. But, the good news is that you don't have to be a marine biologist to make a difference! A simple shift in your mindset and your daily routine can make a huge impact on the future!
So here are 3 simple things that you can do right now that will make a Great Barrier Reef size difference on this planet (and trust me when I say that thats really big...like see it from space big!)
1. Transition from disposable to reusable
We live in a on-the-go, take-and-toss era, but arm yourself with some essentials and you can reduce your plastic footprint in as little as 1 meal! You can find a list of reusable items and some other Earth friendly tips here.
2. Ditch the straw (and bad habits too)
Plastic straws and cigarette butts are the 2 most common items that I pick up on the beach. Just say NO to straws, but if you're a straw lover like me... bring your own! I keep a metal reusable straw in my purse because you never know when you'll find a perfectly good coconut to stick a straw in! As for the cigarette butts... seriously? Last time I checked the Earth wasn't a giant ash tray.
3. If you're not ready to give up seafood, make sure you are supporting sustainable fisheries.
The ocean may be vast, but it's fish populations are not infinite and so many fisheries are being depleted. Did you know that for every pound of shrimp caught, up to 6 lbs of other species are caught and discarded, and this isn't just referring to fish; this includes sea turtles, birds, sharks, and other animals. Not all fisheries are bad though, you just need to know the facts. Lucky for you the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch is doing all the work for you! They even created an app so you can check to see if the restaurant's catch of the day is from a sustainable fishery right from the table!
Its not hard to make a difference and every little bit counts. Trust me, when you jump in the ocean and she gives you a big ol hug, you will know it was all worth it!