This past Saturday (July 15th), I took advantage of my day off and went to visit the Lisbon Oceanarium which, for those who do not know, is in Parque das Nações in Lisbon.
I hadn’t visited it since i was a kid and I loved reliving the experience. I felt like a kid in a toy store.
Penguins are simply the cutest thing ever!
Obviously i took endless photographs. 😀
The oceanarium has allowed me to relax and be closer to the ocean while I’m not yet “living there””.
The oceanarium is not limited to keep some fish so that people can see them, it isn’t just a gigantic fish tank.
It has as it’s mission “To promote the knowledge of the oceans, sensitizing citizens in general to the duty of conservation of the natural heritage, by changing their behavior.”
On the part of environmental awareness, what struck me most was the part related to the ships, which showed a map similar to the following, which indicates the pollution that exists in each sea route:
As you can see, our mediterranean sea is one of the most affected areas! EReducing the number of ships is not at all the solution. Ships are responsible for more than 80% of freight transport and without them globalization would not be possible at all.
The next step, which will have to be taken by companies that own ships, will be to invest in a more environmentally friendly fleet.
What can we do?
As I have said before in one of my articles, each Portuguese eats on average 60 KG of fish per year. And 70% of the fish is overfished.
Of course we should not eat less fish, but we can opt for fish that do not have such an environmental footprint.
I took this map from the oceanarium site that indicates which species we can eat that are not in danger.
Of course we can also reduce our own pollution! I know it’s a very talked about subject, but obviously not enough!
You can see more tips and download the list of fish hear!
I hope you have enjoyed it and continue to preserve the ocean that belongs to all of us! 😉