Start Time: 01:02:34
End Time: 01:05:31
Oceanologist Ayana Johnson explains how our votes have the power to change the way we care for the earth.
Publish Date: Jun 08, 2021
So aside from recycling, reducing our consumption of single-use plastics, and eating sustainably-sourced fish, what's the one thing that the average person can do to help save the earth's oceans? Vote! Check out this snippet of the Ologies podcast to hear oceanologist Ayana Johnson explain how our votes have the power to change the way we care for the earth.
I think you touched on this before, but in a nutshell, mariner, cosplay Neil Williams, sarah MEREDITH um smear tactics all kind of want to know, like in a nutshell, what can the average person do in their life to just help? I mean, I know limiting single use plastic um do not dump a bunch of garbage into the ocean. That's a great place to start twitter. I've got a list actually on the Ocean Collective website, there's a resources page where you can learn more about all this stuff. There's a page on protected areas and on fishing and on climate and on pollution. And there's lots of articles, in fact, you can read about all that, but there's also a list of like 10 things you can do. So this full list is up at ocean collective dot co and there's no E on collective, but number one is to vote who and because because politicians are off the hook on a lot of environmental stuff, because their constituents aren't making demands of them. Um, and believe me, I know there's a lot of other issues people are dealing with in the political sphere right now. But if we don't hold our politicians accountable for the state of the environment, because they have a lot of ability to to change the rules of the game and give the earth a better fighting chance. So, I think, I think that's the number one thing is to be politically engaged when there are bills that come up on, you know, funding ocean cleanups or research into ocean acidification or funding protection of marine parks, like we should be chiming in and saying, yes, this matters yes, we want to end overfishing. There's a possibility of this. There's a bill that could change the way that fishing is managed and people need to be weighing in and saying, excuse me, you want to roll this back and allow people to overfished by law. That doesn't seem to make what sense to me. And so it seems counterintuitive, but political engagement is the number one. And then obviously we can all be more careful about choosing sustainable seafood and bringing it up at the establishments that we care about and asking for it, reducing our single use plastic, reducing our carbon footprint because climate change is having such a big impact on the ocean. We can choose resorts when we go on vacation that are more ocean friendly or sustainable in general, there's no reason to leave your values at home when you go on vacation. This goes against literally everything las Vegas was built on, which is why it's great advice. Yeah. Until the list kind of goes on from there. I think I maybe got five or six. So I cross checked this with the take action section of the Ocean Collective Site and the remaining items were get informed. You're listening to this great job, choose other sustainable foods and farms, not just seafood, you can clean up the coast, you can donate to an ocean cause. And she has some recommendations on the resources page and to help spread the word. So tell people about this episode if you feel like it.