Take Action- Every Day

Don’t wait for a special occasion to protect reefs.  Start today—and every day!

Live Sustainably

Conserving energy to reduce your carbon footprint is one way to fight the effects of global warming and lessen large-scale threats to reef ecosystems. Take small but powerful steps like switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, planting native trees, buying energy-efficient cars, avoiding pesticides, and teleconferencing instead of flying when possible.

Follow the “3 R’s”—reduce, reuse, recycle—to decrease the negative impacts of pollution and landfills on the health of our oceans. Easy ideas include using reusable bags when shopping, taking lunch in reusable containers rather than wasting take-out boxes, or starting your own compost bin for kitchen and yard waste.

Use water wisely. When you use less water, less runoff and wastewater will end up in the ocean. In addition, plant a rain garden to absorb polluted runoff—like oil, grease, and heavy metals—from  hard surfaces around your home. Use native plants in your garden—most of them use less water and do not need any fertilizer.

Be a Smart Consumer

Choose seafood that is sustainable. Find out which seafood is best to eat by reviewing the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Guide at www.seafoodwatch.org. Want to have the latest info available on your mobile device at the touch of a finger? Download the Seafood Watch app.

Don’t buy coral jewelry or curios and household goods made from animals that once lived in the ocean—that includes shells! Harvesting these species can cause significant habitat destruction or dramatically reduce populations.

Traveling to a reef destination? Learn how to be a sustainable traveler.

Become an Advocate

Find out about existing and proposed laws, programs, and projects that could affect the world’s coral reefs and support those that benefit the reefs.

Call, email, and send letters to your elected officials to let them know you are passionate about ocean conservation. It does make a difference!

Learn about everyday ways to let your community know you’re an advocate for coral reefs.

Photo by: Jeff Yonover