We can close our eyes to the truth, but pollution effects all of us and if we don’t do anything about it, it will only bring us further trouble in the future.
Coastlines are especially sensitive, not only because of the constant coastal erosion, but also because of the diverse insects and animals, as well as the many different species of plants that are very sensitive to any kind of toxic pollutants.
With the (very welcome) rise of environmental awareness, there are quite a few non profit organizations with different programs in place to help preserve the natural look and structure of coastal and beach areas, but we should also do everything in our power so here are some tips on how you can help.
First of all, the same thing as with every other environmentally friendly campaign, make sure you dispose of your rubbish correctly! This does not only mean plastic bottles and food containers – the trash that is most commonly seen on beaches.
It is also important that you properly dispose of cigarette butts, because they contain a huge amount of chemicals that do not decompose naturally.
Another inconspicuous yet dangerous and disgusting type of litter is dog feces. If you go on a walk with your dog on a beach, make sure you clean up after it, because:
a) it is utterly disgusting for other walkers if they stand in it (social responsibility)
b) the composition of droppings can seriously endanger the natural pH balance of the ground and water, that comes in contact with them. It can have a devastating effect on some animal and vegetation species.
Erosion – the one thing that endangers our coastline the most, is a slow but steady process. The natural attrition of the sea took a lot of time to give the coast the shape it is in today. But this is not an excuse to completely ignore it. Research shows that with increased pollutants and chemicals released into water, erosion speed rises dramatically each year.
You can help fight this by making sure you use environment friendly detergents, cleaners and chemicals. If you use standard detergents by any chance, make sure you do it in a way that prevents them from easily accessing the storm water system and infiltrating the environment.
When out and about, make sure you do not walk just anywhere you please. Pay attention to signs that label conservation areas and stay away from those. They are always signed for a reason and they are instrumental in keeping some endangered species in that area relatively safe from the outside influences.
Also be careful that you don’t step on every plant that comes in your way. Some of them are very fragile and even the slightest injury can kill a whole plant. And besides, why would you destroy something that isn’t doing you any harm. Tread carefully please.
All in all, keeping and eye out for the environment is not that hard. The only real work is paying some attention to potentially dangerous substances and making sure you do not use them in excess or that you dispose of them correctly.
Other than that, you just have to refrain from destroying things around you for no good reason and with that, everyone can contribute to the preservation of our coastlines so future generations can enjoy them too, and that the wildlife and plants that depend on them will continue to thrive.