Take the Ocean Pledge!
The ocean provides invaluable benefits and services to humans including food, recreation, jobs, and more. You can take simple, every day actions to prevent the ocean from going dark. The oceans are threatened by climate change, pollution, and overfishing. Conscientious citizens can help ensure a healthy ocean for generations to come.
Show your support for ocean health by signing the Ocean Pledge and help SeaWeb spread the word about how important the ocean is to all of us! And as a pledge-taker, you qualify for a free subscription to SeaWeb's flagship newsletter, Ocean Update.
I pledge to do my part to protect the ocean by taking at least one of the following actions:
- Eat sustainably
- Avoid plastic use
- Reduce fuel and energy consumption
- Prevent the pollution of our oceans
- Become an Ocean Voice
- Eat sustainably.
The ocean is home to 90 percent of the world's living creatures, and seafood is the main source of protein for one-sixth of the human population. With more than 75 percent of world fish stocks fully or over-exploited, humans are depleting fish and other marine life that we eat faster than their populations can replenish. The lower on the food chain we eat, whether from land or sea, the greater the benefit to the ocean. Vegetable protein is more efficient to produce than animal protein and sustainably produced food leads to less use of pesticides and other pollutants and decreases carbon output. A list of ocean-friendly seafood choices can be found on our ocean-friendly recommendations page or visit the online marketplace i love blue sea for your sustainable seafood purchases.
- Avoid plastic use.
No matter how far you live from the coast, the plastic you dispose of can end up in the ocean, polluting it and killing sea life. The durability of plastic makes it very hard to break down or decompose, and some plastics may never fully disappear from the environment. Use reusable bags at your grocery store and elsewhere, and refill water bottles instead of buying disposable plastic bottles. Be creative! Reuse and recycle everything you have that is made of plastic.
- Reduce fuel and energy consumption.
By reducing your carbon footprint, you can limit your impact on climate change. Increasing global temperatures cause ocean temperatures to rise, which can be harmful to marine organisms and ecosystems. Bike or walk where ever possible, or carpool if driving cannot be avoided. Fewer cars on the road means less carbon emissions. Improving your home's energy efficiency can save money and energy, too. For example, energy efficient light bulbs, like compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), can can reduce lighting energy use in your home by 50% to 75%.
- Prevent the pollution of our oceans.
Chemical treatments to lawns, oil and other fluids from cars, prescription drugs, paint products, and other hazardous waste that enter our sewers eventually end up in the oceans, creating a toxic environment for all sea life, including corals.
- Become an Ocean Voice.
You can be a leader for the ocean in your community. Learn about the threats to our marine environments through our Ocean News, Market Solutions, and Science Matters portals. Then, spread the word to your local news outlets, elected officials, friends, and others. Tell us what you are doing to improve ocean health.
Read more tips on how you can positively impact ocean health in our Shop Smart section.