If you listened to our interview last Wednesday with James Pribram, you are probably familiar with the term “Eco Warrior.” This was the name given to James by probably some folks in media as word spread about the environmentally-conscious movement he was leading both abroad and back at home in Laguna Beach. James is certainly a major player among conservationists; he’s marched with native Chileans to protest river pollution and he was an active member of the paddle-out group that gained fame from the documentary “The Cove.” But what we at SUFB want to convey to our readers and listeners is that you can be an Eco Warrior simply by living your own personal life more sustainably. And many times, this happens by small, repeated actions.
Living sustainably is basically the same as any other behavioral change, whether it’s eating healthier, reading more, or learning a new language. The best way to create these good habits is to smart small and be consistent, which is good to know because there are plenty of ways you can protect our oceans in your own day-to-day life. We’ve talked at length in other episodes about reducing your carbon emissions and your personal footprint; there are numerous ways to do this, practically all of which will also save you money. However, you can also help combat overfishing by limiting how much seafood you eat each month. You can take that a step further by limiting the seafood your purchase to strictly responsibly-caught, local, sustainable seafood. This may take a little bit of research before you get comfortable with what options are best, but it will push you out of our comfort zone and force you into buying from (and therefore financially supporting) fishers who are using eco-friendly fishing techniques in a sustainable fashion.
Not trying to change your seafood-heavy diet perhaps? How about buying a couple of re-usable shopping bags and a re-usable water bottle? These eliminate wasteful single-use plastics like water bottles and grocery bags. You can also participate in volunteer clean ups in your community, support ocean research, or reduce the amount of chemicals you put on your lawn. All of these changes may seem small, but that’s how real change begins. Slowly at first, then like a wave.
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