By Cayla Sigrah
These facts may be something that tourist and locals alike can do something about immediately.
-Litter has affected the surrounding bodies of water in Hawaii; causing choking hazards for native honu, native fish, and mammals.
HOW TO HELP: Clean up after yourself; avoid use of disposable items such as plastic bags, Styrofoam, balloons (for those famous beach birthday parties), etc….
-Coral reef deterioration is extremely common due to the stepping on coral reefs when in need of a resting spot or out of innocent curiosity.
HOW TO HELP: Avoid touching or stepping on coral reef zones if possible. Look, but don’t touch is a great mindset in this case.
-Massive use of chemicals like sunscreen pollutes the water and cause nasty environments for the native fish and mammals of Hawaii.
HOW TO HELP: Using less sunscreen or environmentally friendly sunscreen.
– Alien species such as cats, dogs, rabbits, pigs, and rats affected a number of indigenous species
HOW TO HELP: Though most of these animals seem harmless or cute, refrain from feeding mongooses, cats, or other animals listed. Feeding= larger population of these animals= more killing of the native species.