The grandchildren of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau joined us to talk about the month-long special Blue August on the Planet Green channel as well as some very simple things we can do that have an immediate impact.
- When you head to the beach or other waterfront area, remember to pack out everything you pack in – a check list is a great idea. We also recommend going one step further by bringing a litter bag and picking up any trash you find.
- Make use of reusable containers –bags, food containers - whenever possible and recycle everything else. There is a garbage mass off the coast of California that is twice the size of Texas and it’s estimated that 90% of the debris are plastics.
- If you like to fish, as many people do, stick to one easy rule: Don’t catch your limit, limit what you catch. Just keep what you can eat, then use barbless hooks to catch and release any other fish. Also remember to keep track of gear and bait containers – discarded fishing line and other fishing gear are very damaging to marine life and water quality.
- Remember, what you put on your skin, clothing and hair before you get in the water, ends up in the water – some ingredients in sunscreens and hair and skin products are known to harm corals, which are vital to world-wide ocean health. There are great nontoxic and biodegradable options out there that are very effective and safer for the environment.
- Finally, don’t just think about your favorite beaches, lakes and waterfront destinations when you are enjoying them. Be conscious of the fact that every time it rains in our cities and towns, litter and discarded items find their way into storm drains and waterways and into oceans and bodies of water we love. Be good stewards of the environment in your own backyards.
For more information, visit the Planet Green website.