Waves Of Change, For Our Oceans
For 52 weeks, we will be introducing a new challenge to better the environment each week. A new goal will be set forth to add on to the previous weeks goal and after one year, you will have 52 lifestyle changes that will better the environment.
Everyone starts a new year with a resolution. But at Sea Voice News, we want everyone’s year to be much bigger than one resolution. Picture this as a snowball rolling down a mountain. At the top, it’s one small singular snowball. But as it starts rolling down the mountain, it adds more and more snow till it becomes massive. Week 1 is the top of the mountain and week 52 is the bottom. By the time we all reach week 52, our snowball will be one big change in the way we live our lives. It will be a real change to fighting the negative impact humans have on the environment.
Each week, our new goal will give us a chance to make a significant impact on the environment while not having to change our lifestyles too much. The reality of our society is that it does not take a lot to make an impact. This challenge will give you the opportunity to set weekly goals and continue to build on the them throughout the year.
So without further ado, introducing the goal for week 13….
Use Less Or No Fertilizer On Your Lawns!
Marine pollution takes many forms, from the millions of gallons of oil that run off our highways each year to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But some of the most devastating pollutants are the nitrogen and phosphorus found in our fertilizer.
Between 30 and 40 million acres of land in the U.S. are devoted to turfgrass and when too much fertilizer washes downstream from these lawns, coastal waters become choked with heavily fertilized algae, which then dies and decomposes, consuming the oxygen in the water and asphyxiating animal life. This process, called eutrophication, has created at least 405 “dead zones” worldwide.
Fish and other marine life are unable to survive in this water, as there is not enough oxygen in these dead zones for them to breathe. One of the largest dead zones in the world is in the Gulf of Mexico, where nutrient runoff from the Mississippi River has created a dead zone that has spanned nearly 8,400 square miles in size.
In a recent study in Science, researchers found that achieving water quality goals for the Gulf of Mexico may take decades with the best environmental practices implemented. Due to years of farming and fertilizing, nitrogen and phosphorus have become embedded in our soil and will continue to wash into our rivers for decades to come and eventual land in the ocean.
To start combating this issue, we as a society need to adapt other ways to manicure our lawns instead of relying heavily on fertilizers. To learn how you can have a lawn that has less of an impact, check out the video below.
Check out weeks 1-12 below: