5 tips to help your kids save our seas
Check out these simple ways to make a difference!
Do your family want to help save our seas? Then read on, you’ve come to the right place!
Our amazing oceans cover more than 70% of Earth’s surface, supporting a huge community of animals and plants. They play an important role in safe-guarding the overall health of our planet.
Sadly, this precious ecosystem is fragile. Our seas are vulnerable to pollution, climate change and other threats – but it’s not too late to help them.
From teaching your children about the ocean’s incredible wildlife, to taking action with a beach or river clean, there are lots of ways for families to help save our seas. So, check out Nat Geo Kids’ top tips to start making a difference…
1. Inspire your kids to care
The best way to get your children to care about the sea is to show them how brilliant it is! A love of nature grows from spending time in it, so make sure you head out into your local green (and blue) spaces, taking the time to play together and investigate all the extraordinary life that lives there.
We can’t be in nature all the time, so bring the outdoors inside with inspiring books and films that keep your kids interested in the outside world. Try watching wildlife documentaries on BBC or Netflix, borrowing library books about the ocean or getting a subscription to National Geographic Kids magazine!
2. Discover ocean treasures together
As well as showing your kids the wonders of wildlife on our coastlines, empower them to ask questions and discover more about what they find. You could explore ocean articles on the National Geographic Kids website, go on a guided tour of your local coastal area – or somewhere further afield, if you fancy! – visit your nearest watery nature reserve or head down to the water together with some ID books for some rock-pooling.
Getting your kids interested in nature on a deeper level will inspire them to care passionately for the things they discover. It takes a love of the ocean to save our seas!
3. Talk about the issues
While you’re appreciating all the fun the beach has to offer, take time to chat to your children about the ways our oceans are threatened. Your kids may well have already spotted things like rubbish in the high tide lines or glass and plastic washed up among the shells. Use these observations to explore the challenges with them, and decide together whether there’s anything you can do to help.
For World Oceans Day, we chatted to young Nat Geo Kids readers to find out how THEY think we should help protect our oceans. What do your kids think?
4. Take action together
It’s time to start taking action to save our seas! Next time you head to a sandy shoreline, take a litter picker, bag and gloves with you. Set a timer for 10 minutes and collect as much rubbish as you can. Then move to a new area and reset or extend the timer.
The time pressure makes the activity feel like a game, encouraging any reluctant family members, but it’s by no means a necessity. Instead, you could turn the beach clean into a treasure hunt!
Looking for litter gives you all a great opportunity to check out other beach life, so keep your eye out for invertebrates and collect any interesting pieces of pottery or sea glass that you might discover.
Change happens when everyone gets involved, so make sure you check out community activities in your local area, too. Visit the Marine Conservation Society website to track down a local beach clean.
5. … And take action at home, too!
Your beach cleans will tackle pollution, but there’s another big threat to our oceans: overfishing. Luckily, there’s something you can do to help with this one, too! Next time you’re in a supermarket, challenge your children to spot the sustainable seafood label on items that you want to buy. Then work together to make sure only these fishy treats are part of your weekly shop!
Other eco-friendly habits like reducing the amount of plastic you use and cycling or walking to help combat climate change can also make a huge difference to our oceans. So decide together what actions you’d like to take, and try to stick to them. Small, consistent habits can create real change, for your family, and for our seas.
We’d love to hear your top ways to save our seas. Share them in the comments below!