Dive Into Ocean Conservation
These anemone sculptures were made in Oregon by Washed Ashore from oceans plastics.
What you can do to save our oceans!
Celebrate World Oceans Day
Go to your nearest seaside and renew your love of our oceans, thereby fueling your motivation to take steps towards ocean conservation. Pack a zero-waste, plastic-free snack and bask in the glory of our oceans. Write an ode to the ocean as our founder Sandra Ann Harris did recently. Or read Say Goodbye To Plastic: A Survival Guide To Plastic-Free Living to bone up on plastic pollution and tips to reduce plastic use in every room of your house.
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.
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!
Sign up to join a coastal clean-up or other World Oceans Day 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.