6 Ways Children Can Help Our Oceans
Everyone has a responsibility to look after our planet and so today we are going to look at ways children can help our oceans.
There are so many ways we can help protect our oceans and here are a few simple ideas to start you off.
1. Research oceans and marine life. If children understand about the oceans and the life within it they are much more likely to want to take care of it. Go down to the library or search the internet with your child. If you live near enough take them down to the seaside so they feel a connection with it.
2. Keep water clean. Explain what happens when the water we use leaves our house. Children will be able to understand a simple explanation of the water cycle and how pollutants can enter the sea.
3. Cleanup your local beach. When you visit the beach explain to your children how important it is not to litter it. Make sure recyclable items are taken home. Also encourage your children to pick up other peoples rubbish (if safe to do) and recycle it. Lots of beaches have volunteers running beach combing events. Take your children down to help pick up any rubbish.
4. Don't disturb marine life. If your children go and play in a rock-pool encourage them not to touch, poke or prod anything they find. Also tell them not to pull any living creatures off rocks or move any creatures to a new place and explain about how delicate these small ecosystems are.
5. Don't leave the water running. Using too much water is a waste of our world's resources. Encourage your children to turn the tap off when brushing their teeth or to have less deep baths and quicker showers. This all helps to stop wasting energy and also stopping more pollutants reaching the ocean.
6. Use reusable water bottles. Plastic pollution is a huge problem for marine life and is one of the most urgent issues facing our planet today. Make sure you use reusable water bottles instead of plastic ones and use non-disposable containers in lunch boxes. Recycle whenever possible; even if it means bringing items home from school or nursery to recycle them at home.
If you would like to find out more about how you can help preserve our planets complex and delicate ecosystems please visit the Planet Children website which has some amazing ideas for world change for both children and adults.