Help for Ocean Habitat!

Our actions, little or big, can make a whale-sized difference in taking care of the whales' ocean environment. You'll be surprised at how fun and easy it is to help the world's Great Whales. Teacher Margaret Black shared her research so we can all start now! For example. . .

The Canadian Wildlife Federation lists these ways for you to give our oceans a boost by doing actions like this every day:

  • Choose items with reusable or recyclable packaging.
  • Avoid littering. Recycle paper and other “recyclables.” This habit will produce less garbage and help reduce the chance of sending litter to the oceans (even from garbage dumps). Ocean litter can entangle or choke wildlife.
  • Use rechargeable batteries for battery-powered appliances.
  • Dispose of toxic waste such as paints, old batteries, and medicine bottles through proper toxic waste facilities and pick-up services in your community.
  • Promote the use of non-toxic cleaners at home and at school. Keep lawns free of chemicals or fertilizers at home and school.
  • Walk or bike whenever possible instead of riding in a car.
  • Turn off lights when leaving the room to create less demand for electricity.
  • Turn off appliances (such as TVs, VCRs, and computers) when they are not in use. Unplugging them saves even more energy.
  • When travelling by the ocean-side, stay at resorts that do not endanger coastal habitats (such as beaches, dunes, and marshes) through practices like excessive night lighting, over-development, and high-impact recreational activities.

Here are more good ideas shared by others:

Oceans and Fisheries Canada
Celebrate Oceans Day!
Ways You Can Help