June 8 of each year is celebrated World Oceans Day. This date corresponds to the anniversary of the World Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, the first Earth Summit which, in 1992, brought together heads of state on the environment. A historic moment which, since then, has marked a before and after on the future of the planet.

Recognized since 2008 also by the United Nations, it represents a moment of reflection on the state of health of the seas and oceans, on their importance and the impact they have on our lives and on the economies of many countries. Today, more than 140 countries participate and commit to developing strategies to protect it, thus contributing to change our knowledge and our sensitivity for the Blue Planet and to increase actions for their protection.

Ocean protection, a decalogue to do your part

No matter where we are, every action we make also has repercussions on the oceans. A consideration on which the activity of The rise of the world, an association that has been working for more than 10 years to protect the sea, because it is only by acting collectively that it is possible to do something to reverse the trend. Like, how? Here is 10 tips that each of us can implement to join the wave of change and begin a journey towards sustainability.

CO₂ is the main cause of the greenhouse effect and it is fundamental to reduce the emission levels of this gas. When it's possible, let's move forward on foot or by bikewe use public transport and limit the use of the car;

In winter we keep the temperature heating to 18-20°C: it is better to wear an extra sweater. In summer, however, don't overdo it with the air conditioning.

L'electric energy it is mainly produced by the combustion of gas and coal and therefore has a high environmental cost: we try not to waste it by implementing many small measures: turning off the lights when they are not needed, not letting devices on standby, choose devices with a high energy class. This will reduce emissions and also bills.

Sun and wind provide unlimited access clean energy: let's take advantage of these sources to no longer depend on fossil fuels.

We avoid buying products that come from the other side of the world and we focus on local products, favoring small Italian businesses. A product that must make a transoceanic flight to arrive in Italy emits 30 kg of CO₂ into the atmosphere for each kilometer traveled.

Even the fish has its own seasonality. In the fish market, we do not buy species during their reproduction period and we will rediscover the poor fish, also taking inspiration from recipes offered by Worldrise.

We do it consciously sorting of wasterecycling as much as possible.

If recycling is important, it is even more so reduce consumption. An example? No to cling film and plastic bottles, yes to reusable containers and water bottles to avoid single-use plastic!

Let's buy detergents and cosmetics made with materials of natural origin; for the summer, on the beach, we use sunscreens reef safewhich do not contain polluting chemical filters.

At the beach we only leave our footprints in the sand, we do not leave waste and we respect the flora and fauna.

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Oceans, the importance of protected areas

Finally, to protect the ocean, it is important to learn to know and love it: this is why it is essential to learn about and visit Marine Protected Areas, places where the sea can regenerate. . Precisely to expand the protection zones, The rise of the world created 30×30 Italya network of associations, citizens and institutions that aims to protect at least 30% of Italian seas by 2030. Where each of us can make a difference from our daily actions.

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