50 Ways to Save the Ocean

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New World Library, Sep 24, 2010 - Nature - 208 pages
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The oceans, and the challenges they face, are so vast that it’s easy to feel powerless to protect them. 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, written by veteran environmental journalist David Helvarg, focuses on practical, easily-implemented actions everyone can take to protect and conserve this vital resource. Well-researched, personal, and sometimes whimsical, the book addresses daily choices that affect the ocean's health: what fish should and should not be eaten; how and where to vacation; storm drains and driveway run-off; protecting local water tables; proper diving, surfing, and tide pool etiquette; and supporting local marine education. Helvarg also looks at what can be done to stir the waters of seemingly daunting issues such as toxic pollutant runoff; protecting wetlands and sanctuaries; keeping oil rigs off shore; saving reef environments; and replenishing fish reserves.
 

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Incredibly valuable information. I love that it asks us to enjoy our ocean, most people completely overlook this.

Contents

Go to the Beach
3
Get Married on a Wild Beach
5
Dive Responsibly
7
Be a Blue Boater
10
Keep Your Home Aquarium OceanFriendly
13
Go on a WhaleWatching Trip
16
Visit a Tide Pool
19
Take Kids Surfing or Have Them Take You
22
Protect Our Waters from Invasive Organisms
78
Sail on an OceanFriendly Cruise Ship
81
section 4
85
Support Your Local Wetlands
87
Restore a Stream River or Watershed
91
Live a Reasonable Distance from the Beach
93
Count the Fish Then Do Some Light
96
Protect the Dunes So Theyll Protect Us
99

Fish for Fun Food and the Future
25
Walk on Whatever Beach You Want
28
Talk about the Ocean in Your Place of Worship
30
Conserve
33
Eat Organic and Vegetarian Foods
35
Eat Seafood Thats Healthy and Sustainable
37
Grow a Natural Yard and Garden
40
Conserve Water
43
Conserve Energy to Help the Seas and Yourself
46
Be a Marine Sanctuary Volunteer
49
Prevent Sea Turtles from Going the Way of Dinosaurs
51
Use Less Plastic
54
OptOutofthe Throwaway Culture
58
Raise Funds for Ocean Conservation
60
section 3
63
Maintain an OceanFriendly Driveway or Green Roof
65
Keep Your Household Refuse Nontoxic
67
Drive a FuelEfficient Car Join a Car Pool
69
Dont Use Your Storm Drain as If It Were a Toilet
71
Upgrade Your House Above Hurricane Code
74
Join in a Coastal Cleanup
76
Power Down around Whales Manatees
101
Join a Marine Mammal Rescue Center
104
Work to Create Wilderness Parks under the Sea
107
Dont Feed the Sharks or Let Them Feed on You
110
Dont Exploit Sea Creatures for Vanitys Sake
113
Keep Oil off Our Shore
116
section 5
119
Visit an Aquarium
121
Support Marine Education in Our Schools
124
Speak for the Seas at Local Public Hearings
126
Learn Your Local Maritime History
129
Talk to Your Cousin in Kansas about the Weather
132
Learn How to Navigate and Read the Tides
135
Immerse Yourself in Blue Media
138
Go on a Live or Virtual Ocean Expedition
141
Vote for Those Who Protect the Coast
143
Be a Seaweed Rebel
146
Acknowledgements
148
Resources
149
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About the author (2010)

David Helvarg, president of the Blue Frontier Campaign (www.bluefront.org), is the author of Blue Frontier and The War Against the Greens. A journalist for more than 30 years, Helvarg lives in northern California.

Jim Toomey is an advisory board member of the Blue Frontier Campaign and the cartoonist of Sherman's Lagoon, a widely popular comic strip now appearing in more than 250 newspapers. He is also the author of A Day at the Beach. Toomey lives in Maryland.

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