27th April is Marine Mammal Rescue Day originating in America and is something we all need to pay attention to. We have a huge impact on our oceans, and it’s affecting every living thing in it.
Marine Mammal Rescue Day is a day to celebrate the efforts of those who have made a positive impact on the lives of sea life, but it’s also a day to reflect on our impact on climate change as individuals all over the world.
We want to thank all of those who work continuously to give marine mammals a second chance at life, those who work closely with rehabilitation centres to ensure these animals can return to sea one day when they are ready, and those charities and volunteers who help to clean up oceans and beaches.
Our rubbish is often mistaken by animals for food and that rubbish they may consume contains toxins which are harmful to them and often lead to death. That’s not very fair on innocent wildlife.
Reports from 2015 said 3,340 sea lions were stranded, more than 10 times the average number that died along the coast the previous year. This distressingly high number needs to decrease if we want out children to grow up in a world where they get to even see a sea lion and other marine life.
If we don’t make a conscious effort to change our attitudes and actions now, the future of our now beautiful marine life is uncertain.
What can you do to help?
There’s still time to help our planet and the life that lives on it. Taking simple actions to change the way you think about what you’re doing to help prevent pollution will have a big impact.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle
- Avoid single-use plastic (eg. Straws, bottles)
- Join in and volunteer with beach clean-ups
- Educate yourself on ocean conservation
- Dispose of your waste in environmentally friendly ways
It may not seem like much, but if every person did their small part, we could have a huge impact. Let’s use this year’s Marine Mammal Rescue Day to inspire us to change for good.