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5 ways to turn your child into a guardian of the sea

Beach holidays are a moment of relaxation and regeneration for us and our children, thanks to the sun, snorkelling and sandcastles. All useful recreational activities only possible on healthy beaches.

Because of this even when we are at sea we must remember that we have influence: minimizing it increases the chances that the marine and coastal ecosystem will continue to exist, allowing us to breathe – yes, about half of our oxygen comes from the ocean – and take thousands more restorative breaks.

Macro level: how are the oceans?

Well, the data we have today about the health of the oceans, which cover 70% of our planet’s surface, is not very reassuring.

Let’s start with an image that they provide us Francesca Santoro and Esteban Gottfried Burget of the Decade of the Sea, a UNESCO initiative that contributes to the achievement ofsustainable development goal Life under water from the 2030 Agenda: every year we pour 8 million tons of plastic into the ocean, “equivalent to a garbage truck is dumped into the water every minute».

Madness like this, combined with climate warming, means that the damage to marine ecosystems has so far been enormous: «over the past four decades, the average sea surface temperature in the ocean has been increases by approximately 0.6 degrees», the two experts explain to us.

It may seem small, but it is not, and essential organisms such as corals pay the price: «since 2009, the planet has lost approximately 14% of its coral reefs».

The critical role of the micro-level: why our gestures matter in big battles

Impressive phenomena can give us the impression that there is nothing we can do about it. And instead, we must always remember that these macroscopic phenomena are born out of billions of small actions and choices. Likewise, therefore, to reverse the trend, we need just as many, those of each of us.

“It is important to raise public awareness of our actions, as we are all connected to the ocean as the ocean is connected to us», they confirm Santoro and Burget. “Unfortunately, when we visit the beach, our actions often inadvertently harm wildlife and coastal marine ecosystems, for example by disturbing seabird nesting sites or polluting the water with litter.”

The first step is to realize our impact on nature, helping the little ones to have fun while respecting other living things.

Like? We asked the experts at the Decade of the Sea for some advice, which we summarize below.

1 – Collect memories, don’t loot treasures

When we are at the beach the temptation to collecting shells, stones and sand as souvenirs is intense. But we forget that these elements they are treasures to the ecosystem.

“Shells, for example, are a welcoming home for many marine and coastal animals, such as snails, hermit crabs and even octopuses! They are the perfect hiding place to hide from fearsome predators, they offer a place of safety from strong winds and waves and act as a nursery for small marine organisms, creating a safe space for their growth and development. Some shells even help protect the coast from large storms and erosion.”

Source: VanityFair

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