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SDG14 – Promoting the Conservation of Sea Life in the Workplace

Promoting the conservation of sea life in the workplace aims to provide knowledge and understanding of the importance of preserving and protecting marine life and ecosystems. It will also explore the actions that can be taken in the workplace to support the conservation of sea life. As the health of our oceans is closely tied to the overall health and well-being of the planet, businesses and organisations need to consider the impact of their operations on the marine environment. By promoting the conservation of sea life in the workplace, we can work towards a more sustainable and healthy future for both people and the planet.

Promoting the conservation of sea life in a work environment

Marine resources refer to the resources found in the ocean, including fish, shellfish, and other sea life, as well as minerals, oil, and other natural resources. Clean water is free from contaminants and pollutants and is safe for drinking, bathing, and other uses. In a working environment, marine resources and clean water may be relevant in industries such as fishing, oil and gas, and water treatment, as well as any industry that relies on the ocean or water resources for its operations.

Marine resources

Marine resources refer to the natural resources in the ocean and coastal areas, such as fish, shellfish, algae, and other aquatic life. These resources are often used for food, medicine, and other commercial and recreational purposes. The conservation of marine resources refers to protecting and managing these resources to ensure their sustainability and maintain the health of marine ecosystems.

These resources are under threat due to various factors, including overfishing, pollution, and climate change. Overfishing can lead to the depletion of fish populations, while pollution can harm marine ecosystems and create unhealthy conditions for sea life. Climate change can cause ocean acidification and sea level rise, negatively impacting marine resources.

Clean water

Clean water in a working environment refers to safe water for human consumption and use. It is free from contaminants and pollutants that can cause harm to people or the environment. Clean water is essential for maintaining good health, and it is also necessary for many industrial and commercial processes. In a working environment, clean water is typically used for drinking, cleaning, and other purposes such as irrigation, industrial processes, and sanitation. Ensuring a clean and reliable water supply is important for the well-being of workers and the overall operation of an organisation.

Negative impacts

Excessive use of single-use plastic can negatively impact an organisation in several ways. Firstly, it can contribute to marine pollution, leading to the death of sea life and damaging the marine ecosystem. Secondly, it can also contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, which can contribute to climate change. Providing unhealthy seafood can also negatively impact an organisation, leading to consumer complaints, negative publicity, and damage to the company’s reputation. Additionally, if clean water is unavailable, it can lead to health issues for employees and customers, leading to decreased productivity and financial losses.

Plastic pollution in oceans and other bodies of water continues to grow sharply and could more than double by 2030, according to an assessment released in 2021 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Positive actions

There are several ways in which minimising the use of plastics, establishing a supply of sustainable seafood, and promoting a recycling culture can positively impact different practices in the workplace.

For example, reducing single-use plastics can help reduce plastic pollution in the oceans and protect marine life. This can also demonstrate to customers and clients that the company is environmentally responsible, which can enhance the company’s reputation and potentially lead to increased business.

Establishing a sustainable seafood supply can also contribute to conserving marine resources and promote healthier eating habits among employees. This can also benefit the company’s reputation and potentially attract customers and clients who prioritise sustainability.

Promoting a workplace recycling culture can also help reduce waste and protect the environment. This can involve providing recycling bins and encouraging employees to recycle materials such as paper, plastic, and metal. It can also involve promoting reusable items, such as water bottles and coffee mugs, rather than disposable ones. This can contribute to the company’s sustainability efforts and improve its reputation.

Several actions can be taken to promote the conservation of sea life in the workplace:

  1. Reduce the use of single-use plastics: Encourage reusable containers and water bottles, and provide recycling bins for plastic waste.
  2. Source sustainable seafood: Work with suppliers that follow sustainable fishing practices and support marine conservation efforts.
  3. Promote a recycling culture: Encourage employees to recycle and educate them about reducing waste.
  4. Support marine conservation organisations: Consider supporting organisations that protect and restore marine ecosystems.
  5. Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products: Choose cleaning products that do not contain harmful chemicals that can harm marine life.
  6. Encourage carpooling, or public transport: Reducing the number of vehicles on the road can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change and can harm marine ecosystems.

 

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