Decades of industrial pollution and overexploitation of fish stocks have largely affected the ocean’s ecological balance. As this is bad for the planet, NAMEPA suggests ways to businesses to reverse this situation.
In the US, one out of six jobs depends on the oceans, and the country’s ocean-based economy accounts for more than $200 billion each year. Despite the catastrophic damage that has been done, there is still time to save the oceans.
Businesses can help in this, Ginger Reid, NAMEPA notes, by applying positive changes. These are:
1. Reduce your carbon footprint
Reduce the dependence on oil and gas. You can do this by switching to hybrid vehicles or electric ones, reduce the use of plastic and and lower the thermostat in the office.
In addition, consider taking out a business loan to help cover any important financial changes you choose to make. SBA, business term. or line of credit loans are options that can make it easier to be a good corporate citizen without doing financial damage.
2. Support ocean-friendly organizations
There are many organizations and institutions working to save the marine environment. Companies should donate to an organization that appeals to you. If a company is near the ocean, ask for volunteers to help clean up beaches or collect plastic.
3. Work for change
The only way to ensure sustainable change is to achieve it in the communities. Companies should support politicians who support marine conservation initiatives. Moreover, search for restaurants that provide sustainable seafood and point out establishments serving endangered marine species.
4. Educate your staff
Inform the employees about how to protect the oceans when on vacation or enjoying it for recreational purposes. That includes how to act responsibly when boating, kayaking, or enjoying other recreational activities.
The future of earth’s oceans, and the future of the planet itself, depends on the choices each of us makes. Taking an active hand in preserving the environment is about more than tax credits and good public relations. It’s deciding to preserve a future for the generations who come after us, those who must live with the consequences of the actions we take, or don’t take
Mr. Reid concludes.