Keeping Our Ocean Clean: A Local’s Guide to Keeping Our Shores Clean

Discover the importance of keeping our oceans clean and learn simple steps to make a significant difference.

Hello there, beautiful readers! Saahirah here.  It’s time we take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us and realize how crucial it is to protect the things that give us life. The ocean is not only a source of endless joy and relaxation but also home to an incredible variety of marine life. Last year I attended a workshop hosted by the African Climate Alliance on intersectionality within climate justice and how we can all play an important role in being the change for our planet. One point that stood out to me from the entire workshop was the importance of sharing knowledge no matter how insignificant it may seem and how this can be an amazing tool to help us keep the planet alive! Let’s delve into the importance of keeping our oceans clean and explore some simple steps we can take to make a significant difference. Plus, I’ll share some fascinating environmental facts that will leave you in awe of Mother Nature’s wonders.

It is well known that our beautiful KwaZulu Natal is known for its sun, sea and sand. Although badly hit by the floods in 2022, impacting our wildlife, tourism and local businesses, our city and the people in our communities have done their best to keep that reputation alive and kicking. Our beaches are not just recreational spaces; they are vital ecosystems that support a rich and diverse array of plant and animal life. When we neglect our beaches the harmful effects ripple through the environment affecting both wildlife and human life. Pollution in our oceans can lead to entanglement and ingestion by marine creatures, disrupt their habitats, and ultimately threaten their survival.

Furthermore, contaminated beaches are not safe for us to enjoy, and they harm tourism, an essential economic driver for our local communities. Keeping our beaches clean and pristine is never a once-off thing. So here are some simple steps to help keep our oceans and beaches clean:

Embrace the Three Rs:

Who remembers that DSTV ad with that catchy song about reduce, reuse and recycle? By reducing our consumption, reusing items, and properly recycling waste, we can significantly reduce the amount of trash that ends up in and around our oceans.

Carry Your Trash:

Whenever you visit the beach, make it a personal rule to bring back everything you brought with you. By taking responsibility for our waste, we ensure that it doesn’t become a hazard for marine life or an eyesore for fellow beachgoers.

Organize Beach Clean-ups:

Engage with local community organizations or join beach clean-up initiatives will actively contribute to the cleanliness of our shores. Make the first move and initiate it!

Educate and Inspire Others:

Spread the word about the importance of keeping our beaches clean. Share your knowledge with friends, family and fellow beach enthusiasts. Encourage others to adopt eco-friendly habits and lead by example.

Quick Environmental Facts:

  • The oceans cover around 71% of the Earth’s surface and contain 97% of its water.
  • Seagrass meadows, found in coastal areas, are responsible for up to 10% of the ocean’s carbon storage, making them crucial in fighting climate change.
  • Coral reefs are often referred to as “the rainforests of the sea” due to their incredible biodiversity. They are home to around 25% of all marine species.
  • Plastic pollution poses a severe threat to marine life, with millions of animals dying each year due to entanglement or ingestion.

Our beloved KZN beaches are more than just places for sun-soaked adventures; they are gifts from nature that deserve our utmost care and respect. By taking small steps like embracing the three Rs, carrying our trash, organizing beach clean-ups, and spreading awareness we can make a significant difference in preserving the beauty of our coastline. Let’s stand together as proud locals, leading the way toward a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable future for our beaches and marine ecosystems. Remember, the power to protect our shores lies in each of our hands and if we come together as a community, anything is possible!

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