Dive Into Ocean Conservation: 6 Action Ideas

What you can do to save our oceans!

Celebrate The Sea:

As marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols explains in his new book called "Blue Mind," humans share a special emotional connection with the sea. Neuroscience and human experience shows us that being near the ocean or in the ocean is a transformative experience. So go to your nearest seaside and renew your love of our oceans, thereby fueling your motivation to take steps towards ocean conservation.

Reduce Plastics Pollution: 

Many people don't realize that Earth's largest landfill isn't on land at all. Each year, three times as much rubbish is dumped into the world's oceans as the weight of fish caught. An immense collection of plastic debris has accumulated for hundreds of miles across the North Pacific Ocean in a marine gyre dubbed the "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch." 

Marine life is accidentally eating the plastic as well as getting entangled in the plastic, resulting in injuries and death. Make a choice to choose plastic-free products that will help reduce the perils of plastic on our oceans. Some ways to go plastic-free include the Blue Water Bento Kit by ECOlunchbox, bamboo kitchen utensils, glass straws and other items made from natural materials.

Sustainable seafood: 

Use your influence as a consumer to make a real difference! Grocery stores and restaurants have the power to influence how sustainably seafood is fished or farmed, so support those that make the right choices. The Seafood Watch app for your smartphone makes it easy to choose right and find businesses committed to sustainable seafood. 

Show your love of the oceans and your local sustainable seafood purveyors by posting on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the big thank you and tagging them so they know you appreciate them!

Wear Blue, Tell Two: 

On June, show your love of the oceans by wearing blue clothing – and sharing two ocean conservation facts with someone in your community.

Clean energy: 

You can help reduce carbon pollution that is harming our ocean and resulting in marine acidification. Inspire your community of friends and family by using your bike instead of driving, planting a tree, unplugging your unused electronics, choosing renewable power – to keep our coral reef and other ocean friends safe. Share your excitement that’s you’re going green for our Big Blue by telling your community about what you’re up to!

Clean coasts: 

Sign up to join a coastal clean-up or other World Oceans Day 2014 event. Often pollution is entering the oceans from the land masses – or being washed up by currents along shorelines. Either way, removing the debris from the coastlines reduces oceans pollution and helps people and animals who rely on the ocean everywhere.

Here are some ocean facts to share with a friend:

· The Pacific Ocean, the world's largest water body, occupies a third of the Earth's surface.

· An estimated 50-80% of all life on earth is found under the ocean surface.

· The oceans contain 97% of the Earth's water. Less than 1% is fresh water, and 2-3% is contained in glaciers and ice caps.

· Fish supply the greatest percentage of the world's protein consumed by humans.

· Swordfish and marlin are the fastest fish in the ocean, reaching speeds up to 123 kph in quick bursts.

· Life began in the ocean 3.1 billion to 3.4 billion years ago.

· Land dwellers appeared approximately 400 million years ago.


Sandra Ann Harris loves the oceans and recently took a sabbatical in the Pt. Reyes National Seashore to celebrate her love of the Big Blue. She founded ECOlunchbox to help families reduce their dependence on plastics by providing high-quality, plastic-free lunchware solutions, such as the newly released Blue Water Bento Kit that aims to educate families about the perils of plastic and empower them to make plastic-free choices.

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