In Cape Town, we’re incredibly blessed to live in a part of the world that’s almost entirely surrounded by water. South Africa has to be one of the beautiful places on Earth to live, thanks to our incredible, clean waters lapping up against our shores (in most areas). And since today is World Oceans Day, I thought I’d post a throwback to when we ventured from one stunning part of the country to another last October.
The theme for this year’s International #WorldOceansDay is ‘Our Oceans, Our Future’, focusing on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future for our planet. Each year on this day, the ocean and the importance of it is celebrated globally, helping raise awareness and hopefully, inspiring more people to do their bit to help conserve this vital resource we all depend on.
When we were on a trip to Durban last year, we spent a lot of time on the famous beaches along the South Coast. Summer sun, warm waters and beautiful sand make for the perfect holiday destinations. One one particular day, we noticed an increased amount of plastic in the water and more sewage outlets going from the residential areas directly into the ocean. My Gustav, who has studied Marine Science for a good couple of years, found the increase in pollution vs decrease in marine life around the rock pools fascinating, albeit heartbreaking.
Why do we do this to our planet? Is there no other way of managing our trash?
Doing your bit to help save our oceans from pollution can be as simple as making some small changes in your lifestyle. Implement a recycling scheme in your household, don’t use plastic straws when drinking at a bar or restaurant, try use brown paper shopping bags, reusable hessian bags or cutting the handles open of plastic bags if you have to use them. There are many other things you can do to help our oceans. A big one for those who eat fish is that you need to be aware of the foods you eat. #SkipTheKreef and ONLY buy green-listed, SASSI approved fish from supermarkets, restaurant or fishermen.
Let’s make sure we have clean waters for the next generations. How do you do your bit? Tweet us at @thesocialneedia using the hashtag #WorldOceansDay
The above pictures were taken in October 2016, on the Moyo Pier, at the uShaka Beach, uShaka Marine World in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa.
Follow uShaka on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep yourself updated for specials and any information you may need to know before visiting. Check out the website for all the information about the park and how to get there. There’s lots of open-air parking, but just remember to stash away any valuables. Don’t forget to take your swimming trunks, a hat and sunblock!