One of the world’s greatest tragedies is that the oceans are one of our biggest oxygen providers, but they are dying, overfished and polluted.
Since becoming vegan back in 2014, first for health reasons, then for all the environmental, ethical and cruelty-free reasons, I am now passionate about doing everything that I can to spread awareness about these facts that are relevant to all of us and future generations.
At London’s VegFest, I met The Black Fish.
The Black Fish are a marine conservation movement, who work to end illegal overfishing in European seas. Our oceans are dying. Over the last 50 years, we have lost 90% of all large fish in the world’s oceans due to the introduction of industrial fishing techniques.
Up to two trillion sea creatures are killed each year and this number is only increasing, the fishing industry are emptying our oceans faster than they can possibly replenish themselves. Scientists have estimated that, in just four decades, we could be faced with a dead ocean, unless we ensure destructive fishing ends.
The tourism industry plays a massive part in this, as when people are in fishing towns or abroad in countries that are close to the sea or the ocean, they want to eat fresh fish, so these organisations and individuals need to keep up with the demand. This is where you can make a difference. Op-out the fish and seafood option, and go for something that is more sustainable and not adding to this massive problem which we are facing. Not to mention that the oceans are so polluted, so the fish is full of substances which we should not be consuming.
FUN FACT: Fatty fish that we are advised to eat get their Omega 3’s from SEAWEED, so why not bypass the fatty fish and have something with sea vegetables instead?
One of the ways you can also contribute and make a difference is to volunteer with Black Fish. I did just that when they put on an event in Lush. This was in collaboration with Charity Pot scheme that Lush already has in place, giving 100% of the profits to the chosen charity, to support their projects.
I offered my Sunday, passion and undying support by telling all customers that this is happening and I try to influence their choices when they next buy fish. It is small, but a contribution nevertheless. If we all did something small, we could make a huge difference. We raised a total of £240 from all the pots which we sold that weekend, and this will go straight into funding their other campaigns to tackle illegal fishing.
As part of the vegan community, there are monthly events such as Vevolution, which you can attend and see for yourself how ordinary meat-loving, fish-eating people evolved into compassionate vegans, who all believe that this is the only sustainable way of life and for our future.
It is also a large part of human evolution to heal ourselves with plants and live a cruelty-free life, which is not only better for your karma, but also for the planet. There is a talk by a fellow vegan and activist, who reveals some staggering figures and facts about the states of our oceans and gives great ideas on what you can do about it. One of the simplest and most impactful ways is to go vegan.
If you want to know more about The Black Fish, check out the campaigns and offer your time and money to support these guys and help to heal our oceans.
Thank you for reading, and please feel free to message me if you have any questions about cutting out fish out of your diet. I am by no means a doctor, but I can share with you my experience and point you to people who can advise you professionally too.