Spring has sprung and so has the activity surrounding our amazing beaches and coastline. Whether it is to escape from your classes, exercise or have fun with friends, our ocean has the scenery and serenity to aid in those activities. As we enjoy these experiences, we can’t help but notice the litter that has made its way onto the sand. Plastic bottle caps, straws and other single-use items sprinkle the beach. Not only are we seeing this on the waterfront, but also beneath the ocean’s surface. Sea turtles, seabirds and fish fall victim to our single use plastics and waste. It is evident that we are the problem, but we can also be the solution.
It is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans. We need to make an effort to remove waste from the ocean, but more importantly, we need to stop trash from entering the ocean in the first place. Additionally, 80 percent of marine debris come from land-based sources, meaning if we prevent this waste from ever entering the ocean in the first place, we can make a significant impact.
Here are some tips and tricks for you and your friends to enjoy a sustainable spring on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula:
- Take a hike on the recreation trail with your reusable water bottles and bring snacks in tupperware that can easily fit back in your backpack
- Grab some fresh air while strolling down one of the many beaches – bring a bag to pick up the litter you notice along the way
- Try a new restaurant that supports local produce or is partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program to encourage sustainable seafood
- While enjoying the local beaches, leave single-use items behind
- Get together with friends and plan a way to give back to the environment for Earth Day on April 22
Whatever you chose to do to help reduce our plastics and support the health of our environment will make a change in the right direction. Remember to be active in educating your friends and family. By sharing what you know, you can spread positive impacts and make a change.
Get together and get green this spring.