Use sustainable aquaculture – When properly regulated, aquaculture can be good for marine ecosystems, produce very little waste and promote species diversification. Most viable options for sustainable aquaculture have not yet reached large-scale commercial markets but we can do more help them get there.
Promote alternatives to plastics and work to remove the plastic that is currently polluting our oceans – Read about Parley, an organization led by UBS Global Visionary Cyrill Gutsch working to combat marine plastic pollution with Ocean Plastic® – a premium material made from upcycled marine plastic waste intercepted on beaches, coastlines and the open ocean.
Find alternatives to toxic compounds – Regulatory initiatives like the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants are doing a lot to try and prohibit the use of toxic chemicals and find more sustainable alternatives. There's also steps we, as individuals, can take by signaling to our governments and industries that certain chemicals have no future.
And the most effective, individual action?
At UBS in society, we've talked to many thought leaders and subject-matter experts about issues of sustainability. There's one question we always ask – what can people do, in their daily life, to help? Most of the answers we get have the same underlying message.
Ask more questions.
As consumers, we have incredible power. By asking more questions about where our food is coming from, how it got to us and what were the impacts along the way, we can communicate that these issues matter and that unsustainable practices have consequences. So, in short, when something sounds fishy, call it out.