Do you know where the water in your storm drain goes? To the Ocean. (Orange County)
Did you know that one pint of motor oil can produce an oil slick of approximately one acre on the surface of water?
Do you know when it rains, any trash on the ground washes into our oceans, streams, rivers and waterways and if the animals, fish and birds eat the trash, they can die?
The #1 and #2 trash items are cigarette butts and plastic bags/plastic wrappers.
The importance of oceans, wetlands, streams, rivers:
Our oceans have a variety of sea life, invertebrates, fish, mammals, plants, etc. It's up to us to keep our oceans and waterways clean so the sea life, animal life can survive and we can continue enjoying the beauty of our world. When our oceans become polluted, it affects a variety of animals and many die. For example, when runoff from pesticides, oil, paint & trash gets into our storm drains, this goes directly to the ocean and pollutes our fish, mammals and even humans if we swim in any toxic water. When fish get these toxins into their system and birds and humans eat the fish, we can all be affected by these toxins. This can affect offspring for years to come. Remember, you can make a difference in keeping our oceans and waterways clean.
Wetlands provide food, shelter, water and space for birds, fish, mammals & invertebrates as well as plants that provide a nursery for many animals. Wetlands also filter out toxins and are a natural pollution control and function as a flood control and erosion control. Without Wetlands, birds can become extinct with no where to migrate, and it would be difficult to control flooding and toxins. 450,000 acres of Wetlands disappear each year across the United States, and it takes concerned citizens to step in to save our Wetlands. 90% of our Wetlands have disappeared in California.
What you can do to make a difference:
Take your paint, oil, chemicals to the recycling facilities in your city. Recycle plastic & glass bottles, cans and paper too. Did you know it takes 1000 years for a plastic bottle to degrade? Limit the use of plastics as plastics are going into our oceans and our food source
. 2. Do not litter.
Please pick up your trash (others too). You can even pick up trash while walking your dog. Tip: Birds and many marine mammals mistake trash for food and when they eat it, it fills up their stomachs and they are not able to digest it, resulting in starvation (death). Cigarette butts and plastic bags are a perfect example. Also, trash pollutes our waterways, oceans, rivers, streams, etc. 3. Do not feed
wild birds or wild animals as human food does not have the same nutrients and it can kill them. They also need to be able to fend for themselves in the wild. 4. It takes concerned citizens to save our Wetlands.
Step in whenever possible to save our Wetlands so birds do not become extinct and have a place for food, water and shelter. 5. Cleanup after your pet
because there is bacteria in your pets waste that is not good for the oceans, rivers and waterways. Also, reduce fertilizing. 5. Buy and eat fish from sustainable sources.
overfishing has endangered many fish (Blue Fin Tuna & Chilean Sea Bass are examples of overfishing and these fish are highly endangered).
Energy Conservation and other environmental tips:
To control pollution in the air that we all breathe, carbon emissions and the warming of our planet which affects wildlife, humans and the earth, here are some simple ways to conserve:
1. Switch to compact fluorescent & energy efficient bulbs
in your home and remember to turn off lights immediately when you walk out of a room. 2. Unplug chargers
when not in use as they account for 10% of your electric. 3. Buy energy-efficient appliances
and make your next car a fuel-efficient one. 4. Ban leaf blowers.
Did you know a blower generates as much emissions in one hour as driving a car 350 miles? Tell your neighbors and community associations. 5. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
(plastic bottles, paper goods, newspapers, etc. ). 6. Launch a mug movement
. Encourage coworkers to drink from reusable mugs and glass water bottles, rather than plastic bottles or polystyrene cups (polystyrene does not dissolve and stays on our planet forever). 7. Reuse grocery bags or bring your own bag
instead of getting new ones and get a reusable water bottle to cut down on plastic use.
8. Conserve on Water.
Many states are having drought conditions. 9. Employers: Make Thursdays a carpool day or work from Home day
or designate 1 day week that works for your company to reduce traffic congestion and pollution.
YOU CAN DONATE TO PROJECT KAISEI FOR HELPING CLEAN UP LARGE TRASH PATCHES IN THE OCEAN BY SHIP. LOG ONTO: www.projectkaisei.org