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 Take Action . . .

One of our principal philosophies at COARE is that everyone has the power to make a difference.

We encourage you to be as involved as possible, and applaud those who choose to take more active roles or work in the field . . .  but you can make a difference, now and today, with the following suggestions:

  • Never buy products like seashells or dried seastars. These animals are often taken in unsustainable quantities and are killed for ornamental purposes.
  • Never buy products that come from endangered or threatened species and tell your family and friends to avoid them as well.
  • Avoid food that comes from endangered species, like shark fin or turtle soup.
  • Do not patronize any restaurant serving turtle or shark fin soup.  On your way out, politely inform the management about your reasons for leaving.
  • Avoid eating shrimp – most are fished/farmed in extremely destructive ways.
  • When dining out or patronizing a bar, refuse to accept drinks in a plastic cup.
  • Recycling is good, but remember, it comes last in the expression "Reduce-Reuse-Recycle".  Avoid single-use plastic containers and single-use bags as much as you can.
  • If you choose to eat seafood, make selections that are sustainably fished or raised.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers regional and national Seafood Watch pocket guides.
  • Support sustainable businesses and let them know that you appreciate their efforts.
  • If you scuba dive or snorkel, seek non-threatening interactions with sharks and other animals.   Your tourist dollars help affirm to the local economy the value of living creatures.
  • Help dispel common myths about sharks by speaking up when you hear people talking about them in a negative manner.
  • Help support legislation to ban the sale and trade of shark fins, like California's Aseembly Bill (AB) 376.  Click here for more information.
  • Use your own mug when buying your morning coffee/tea.  This saves natural resources, reduces plastic debris (all those lids!), and keeps your drink warmer!
  • When flying, use your own mug for beverage service.  Forgot your mug? - at least keep and reuse the cup they give you for subsequent servings.
  • When at a bar or restaurant, order your drink without a straw.  Plastic straws are not recyclable, are slow to decompose, and often end up as debris in our oceans.  Yes, you should apply this standard to bar drinks as well.
  • If you order food to go, tell them you'll bring your own bag, and remind them not to include plasticware. (One day, there will be a new standard and you won't need to remind them.)   Better yet, tell them you'll also be bringing your own containers.
  • Reheating food in the microwave?  Cover things with a plate instead of plastic wrap.
  • When shopping, you're already bringing your own bag, but you have a great opportunity to influence the people in line around you.  Discourage them from accepting unnecessary bags as well.
  • Pay attention to where and how you continue to use plastic - and do what you can to reduce that.

  • Tell your friends about COARE.

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