You may not think that curbing your own carbon footprint is doing much to reduce the human pollution that’s fast consuming our planet and all life that calls it home. But here at SEA LIFE Blackpool, we believe that together we can really make a collective impact!
So, in honor of Conservation Week (which should really be every week), we think it’s high time we look into a few ways we can all reduce our waste, put our out-of-control use of resources in check, and ultimately contribute to a greener environment…
This one is a no-brainer. Using recycled, recyclable, and sustainable products helps by reducing overall waste streams from our homes – as well as our carbon impact. So remember to bring some reusable bags with you on your next shopping trip.
It can take up to a thousand years for a plastic bag to degrade – so think twice before you take a few next time you’re at the checkout. Even though paper bags are recyclable, using them means you’re buying into the paper industries, which are responsible for cutting down approximately 4 billion trees or 35% of the total trees around the world each year.
Natural habitats for animals are not strictly limited to the countryside – our gardens are just as crucial as safe havens for wildlife. Consider creating a pond by burying a shallow bucket or stone basin (or digging an actual pond) to provide a constant source of fresh and unchlorinated water for water-loving garden creatures.
Bonus tip: Watering at mid-day when it’s usually hot and dry leads to faster water evaporation – so we recommend that you only water your lawn in the morning when it’s cooler in order to conserve and reduce the use of water. This will give animals that live in or near water a better chance of survival.
There’s an increasing amount of wildlife in developed areas nowadays (and an increasing number of developments in formerly wild areas). Because of this, wild animals need to navigate a landscape full of human hazards on a daily basis. Roads divide habitats and present constant hazards to any animal attempting to cross from one side to the other. So next time you’re out and about, slow down and keep an eye out for wildlife. Better yet, you can ditch the car and cycle to work or to the shop instead – it’ll save a whole pound of CO2 and other nasty pollutants per mile!
Don’t worry, we’re not trying to convince you to turn veggie, nonetheless eating less meat and fewer animal products is good for your health and for the Earth. One study estimates that it takes approximately 460 gallons of water to produce only a pound of beef. There are also methane emissions from cattle to think about, as well as the fossil fuels used to get the beef to you – so giving up your favourite roast dinner, even just once a month, can have a surprisingly big impact.
The first step to protecting endangered species is learning how to identify them, and understanding how interesting and important they are to your surroundings. Here at SEA LIFE Blackpool, we’re dedicated to educating each and every one of our visitors about our environment and indigenous creatures, as well sharing what we’re doing to protect them. Check out all our conservations activities, and if you’d like to learn more in person, you can get your ticket today!