Healthy oceans nourish us with food, provide most of our oxygen and support major fishing and tourism industries. We have the tools to protect the oceans, and ourselves, by tackling climate change, supporting sustainable fisheries and reducing pollution from our homes, businesses and regions. By working together, we can give back to the oceans that give so much to us.
Top Tips for Supporting Healthy Oceans
• Drive less: If you’ve ever taken public transit, carpooled, or walked or biked instead of driving, you’ve done something important to help the ocean!
Your actions can reduce the impacts of climate change on oceans. The primary cause of climate change is a man-made heat-trapping blanket of carbon dioxide (CO2) that prevents heat from leaving Earth’s atmosphere. The oceans help regulate temperatures on Earth by acting like a giant sponge that absorbs some of the man-made CO₂, but they’re reaching their limits. Working together, we can reduce CO₂ emissions and keep the oceans in balance for jellies—and for us.
Learn how to reduce your CO2 emissions.
• Choose sustainable seafood: Choosing sustainable seafood—fish that are abundant, well managed, and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways—is one of the easiest and most delicious actions you can take to protect the health of our waters worldwide.
Overfishing impacts the global food supply and can create holes in aquatic food chains that jellies fill.
Learn how to choose sustainable seafood with Shedd’s Right Bite Program.
• Go chemical-free: If you like to garden without chemical pesticides and fertilizers, you’re already helping the oceans!
Chemical-free gardens and organically grown food reduce the pollution entering marine environments. When it rains, runoff carries fertilizers and pesticides from roads, sidewalks and yards into sewers. Wastewater from faraway communities can travel through pipes and waterways to the oceans. In the Midwest, our runoff eventually reaches the Gulf of Mexico, where it contributes to oxygen-starved areas known as dead zones.
Check out Shedd’s natural yard-care techniques to learn how we keep chemicals out of our runoff, and then try some of the same practices at home.