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What You Can Do to Conserve the Earth’s Oceans and Coasts

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1. Conserve water: The less water you use, the less runoff and wastewater will pollute our oceans.

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2. Help reduce pollution: Walk, bike or ride the bus. Fossil fuel emissions from cars and industry lead to ocean warming which causes mass-bleaching of corals and can lead to widespread destruction of reefs.

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3. Use only ecological or organic fertilizers: Although you may live thousands of miles from a coral reef ecosystem, these products flow into the water system, pollute the ocean, and can harm coral reefs and marine life.

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4. Dispose of your trash properly: Don't leave unwanted fishing lines, cigarette butts or plastic bags in the water or on the beach. Any kind of litter pollutes the water and can harm the reef and the fish.

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5. Support reef-friendly businesses: Ask the fishing, boating, hotel, aquarium, dive or snorkeling operators how they protect the reef. Be sure they care for the living reef ecosystem and ask if the organization responsible is part of a coral reef ecosystem management effort.

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6. Plant a tree: Trees reduce runoff into the oceans. You will also contribute to reversing the warming of our planet and the rising temperatures of our oceans.

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7. Practice safe and responsible diving and snorkeling: Do not touch the reef or anchor your boat on the reef. Contact with the coral will damage the delicate coral animals, and anchoring on the reef can kill it, so look for sandy bottom or use moorings if available.

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8. Volunteer for a beach cleanup: Many municipalities and organizations host annual beach cleanups. Check out your city’s volunteer schedules.

9. Contact your government representatives: Demand they take action to protect coral reefs, stop sewage pollution of our oceans, expand marine protected areas and take steps to reverse global warming.

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10. Spread the word: Remember your own excitement at learning how important the planet's coral reefs are to us and the intricate global ecosystem. Share this excitement and encourage others to get involved.<o></o>

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