When I was younger, I would go visit my grandparents in Florida every summer. We would spend most of our time at the beach. Between swimming in the water, looking for shark teeth, and talking about different marine life, I found myself falling in love with every part of the ocean. My love for the ocean has only grown as I’ve gotten older. Learning that coral reefs are dying, and marine animals are becoming extinct, I realized I wanted to do something that protected marine life and helped others understand the importance of our oceans.
Living in Oklahoma makes it hard to engage in something like that. Deciding to go to college in state, I based my major around another thing I have always loved. While I enjoy English and writing, I have still found myself longing to be near the ocean, helping marine life. Not wanting to change my major from English, I started to look up ways to help save our oceans without having to live on the coast and get a completely different degree.
After doing some research, I found out that I didn’t need to have a degree in Marine Biology to make a difference in saving the oceans. I learned about several different ways to contribute, whether it be donating to a conservation company or just reducing plastic use. Now that I have found these resources, I think it is important to share them with as many people as I can.
One of the common things that I have learned is that plastic pollution is one of the biggest problems when it comes to destroying our oceans. Reducing the use of plastic bags, straws, and cups can be a small step in helping marine conservation. I have come across several companies that put their focus on and dedicate their earnings to help save marine life. One company that I have followed is 4Ocean.
4Ocean sells products such as reusable straws and jewelry. When you purchase one of their bracelets, that money is used to pull one pound of trash out of the oceans and beaches. Not only are you helping marine conservation, but you get a bracelet out of it. (They’re super cute, too!)
Learning about marine conservation has helped me understand our oceans better, and it has given me the opportunity to do something I love even when I don’t live near the coast.