Reduce your consumption to achieve a smaller “footprint.” Reuse items that normally are tossed into the trash and recycle everything you can. Recycling and reusing reduces waste and saves precious resources. It also keeps items like plastic bags, water bottles and balloons out of the ocean, where animals may mistake them for food.
Become an Ocean Expert.
To expand your knowledge of wildlife in the world around you, visit the ocean or your local aquarium or zoo. You can also learn more about ocean animals like sharks, rays, coral reefs and sea turtles by visiting DisneyAnimals.com. Don’t forget to share your ocean knowledge with family and friends by celebrating World Oceans Day each year on June 8th!
Choose Pets Wisely
Home aquariums are a great way for kids to learn about animals and nature. Make sure to choose a type of fish that best fits your lifestyle.
Fish make great pets but saltwater aquariums are tricky to keep, so consider a freshwater aquarium instead. For the well-being of your fish and other wildlife and their habitats, never release fish into the wild. Regal Blue Tangs, like Dory do not make good pets so instead choose aquacultured* fish.
*Aquaculture is the raising of fish in managed environments to help relieve stress on wild populations.
Connect with Nature.
Explore the natural world around you. Take a nature walk or hike with your family and friends to learn more about wildlife in your community. Explore the beach and spend time watching wildlife near the shore. You can even participate in a beach cleanup during your next visit to the ocean!
Be Drain Smart.
Remember that all drains lead to the ocean. Keep paint, motor oil, grease, cooking oil, cleaning supplies and trash away from drains. Instead, recycle or dispose of these and other items properly.
Make Wise Conservation Choices.
When shopping, before you toss an item into your cart ask yourself, is this sustainably sourced? It is important to know where products like shells and other oceans items come from. Choosing wisely while dining out is another way you can make a difference. Make sustainable seafood choices by visiting Australia's Sustainable Seafood Online Guide to find recommendations for which seafood to buy or avoid.
You can help us too, through donating to make a real impact on the environment and protect the Great Barrier Reef! Donations made will help our environmental charity partner Greenfleet to restore ecosystems along the Queensland coast.