1. REDUCE YOUR OWN CARBON FOOTPRINT
This is an easy one. We can all reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by turning off the lights when we leave a room, using energy efficient appliances, turning down the thermostat, carrying out an energy audit for our homes and businesses, shifting to compact fluorescent light bulbs, taking public transit whenever possible, buying a fuel efficient vehicles, vacationing close to home, and flying less.
2. OFFSET YOUR CARBON EMISSIONS
You can also neutralize all or part of your greenhouse gas emissions by investing in carbon mitigation projects. The idea is to pay an organization that will tangibly and verifiably curb its own GHG emissions to neutralize yours and make you carbon neutral. The process is known as carbon offsetting. The offsetting is achieved through the purchase of carbon credits. Each credit represents one tonne of CO2.
3. use your investor power
If you own shares in companies, you have the option of investing in companies whose climate change policies you approve of; you can also divest (sell) shares of companies whose climate change policies you disapprove of, and most importantly, you can use your voice and vote as a shareholder.
4. mind your SeaFood
One of the easiest things you can do to help take pressure off of over exploited fisheries is to learn about which seafood items are "ocean-friendly". You can download and print a seafood guide from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Want a quick guide for what is safe to eat? Click here for a list.
5. no more plastic
Lets be the generation that rejects the unnecessary use of plastic. There are so many avoidable uses of plastic and we need to speak out, write companies, request that stores downsize their packaging, and take every opportunity to avoid single use of plastics.
6. support marine protected areas
Although roughly 15% of our planet's land has been protected, less than 3% of the ocean has any protection. According to the UN, we need to protect at least 10% by 2020 if we want to maintain our planet's ecological integrity. Click here to learn more about Marine Protected Areas and how to support new proposals.
7. SHIFT YOUR DIET
The beef industry is one of the main causes of climate change. Just a simple shift from eating less or no beef, to a more vegetarian or poultry-based diet will have a huge impact on how rapidly our oceans cope with carbon inputs and warming trends.
8. avoid palm oil
Palm oil may be the ultimate icon of globalization — an ingredient directly responsible for some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems that has nonetheless permeated our lives so stealthily we barely noticed. Because palm oil is literally in almost everything we buy, it takes a lot more resolve to educate ourselves. You can download a list of what to buy and what to avoid here.
9. support a carbon tax
Carbon is present in every hydrocarbon fuel (coal, petroleum, and natural gas) and is released as carbon dioxide (CO2) when they are burned. A carbon tax is usually defined as a tax based on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) generated from burning fuels. It puts a price on each tonne of GHG emitted, sending a price signal that will, over time, elicit a powerful market response across the entire economy, resulting in reduced emissions.
10. BE MINDFUL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Motor oil and other hazardous materials often end up washing into coastal areas because they aren't disposed of properly. This pollutes the water and hurts the overall health of our oceans. Please be sure to dispose of hazardous materials in an environmentally-safe way.
11. Join The Tide
We are not a large organization but we do have a front row seat into the most spectacular, important and beautiful ecosystem in the world: our oceans. Not everyone can dive with us, but we want to bring the ocean to everyone! Join us here
12. Support indigenous-led projects
It’s becoming more well-known that indigenous knowledges hold the power to create management practices that put the ecological integrity of the ecosystem, including oceans, first. The next step is to accept that indigenous communities know how to manage their lands better than the government. Learning more about indigenous perspectives on environmental issues will reveal the benefits of indigenous-led projects for their territory, and for our country.