World Water Day: What We Can Do

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World Water Day: What We Can Do

Wednesday 22nd March is World Water Day. It’s a very important day, aiming to raise awareness about the water crisis and what we can do to improve the situation. 2017’s campaign focuses on wastewater and what we can do to stop using so much water.

It’s estimated that more than 500 million people around the world lack access to clean drinking water. Over 80% of the wastewater flows right back into the environment without being reused, causing many problems for animals and humans alike. This water is often untreated, increasing the risk of cholera, dysentery and polio in humans who drink it.

As you might already know, we’re big on conservation here at SEA LIFE Blackpool. Our Breed, Rescue, Protect brand messaging is all about what we can do to educate and be active in the protection and aid of marine life. With that in mind, what needs to be done to protect our ocean and make an active mark in reducing the amount of water we waste?

The importance of coral reefs

Scientists believe that more than 90% of coral reefs will be threatened by 2030 and nearly all reefs will be at risk of dying out by 2050. To prevent this, we need to act now and do what we can to save them. Corals don’t just help marine life – providing habitats for one in four marine species  - they also play a vital part in our own survival by producing some of the oxygen we breathe.

Coral reefs play an important role in the environment. Without coral, the amount of carbon dioxide in the ocean rises, which can have a detrimental effect on all living things.

So, what can we do to protect our reefs? It’s not just scientists who can be active in the protection of coral. Being aware of litter on the beach is one of the easiest tasks which can make a difference. Rubbish left on the beach can come into contact with the ocean, in turn causing harm to coral reefs and the fish that populate them. Take a proactive approach and join us for one of our monthly beach cleans!

Another way of contributing towards the protection of our reefs is to practice general conservation, such as being aware of your carbon footprint. Carbon dioxide in the air massively contributes towards global warming, so look at how you can reduce ommissions, such as walking or riding a bike to work instead of driving.

Trees produce oxygen and help to remove carbon dioxide and contaminants from the air, so why not plant a tree in your garden and help contribute towards creating a greener environment? If you don’t have the space for a tree, you could donate towards WLT’s Plant a Tree appeal.

Wastewater: What steps can we take?

To help contribute towards World Water Day’s 2017 campaign to reduce the amount of wastewater, there are a few simple steps we can all take that will also help protect the creatures that call the oceans home.

  • Conserve water: Be considerate about the amount of water you use. The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater there is to pollute the ocean. Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth or washing dishes and consider using an ‘energy efficient’ mode when using your dishwasher.
  • Choose recycled: It takes less water and energy to turn materials into recycled goods than it does to start with raw materials. Keep an eye out for the 100% recycled labels in the supermarket and you’ll be amazed at just how many products can be bought from recycled sources.
  • Buy sustainable fish: Overfishing can contribute towards the pollution of our oceans. It can spread pollution from waste products, and this can be passed on to wild fish populations. By buying sustainably caught fish, you can help reduce the risk of pollution and protect many species. The Good Fish Guide has more information on how to eat fish sustainably.

Find out more about our oceans

Here at SEA LIFE Blackpool, we’re keen to educate each and every one of our visitors about our ocean and what can be done to protect it. Why not visit us and learn more?

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