Today is World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future.
A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans.
Did you know that our Oceans?
- Generate most of the oxygen we breath
- Help feed us
- Regulate our climate
- Clean the water we drink
- Are used to produce some medicines
- Provide limitless inspiration and recreation!
World Oceans Day is a chance to think about what the ocean means to you and what actions you can take to help conserve it for present and the future generations.
Our oceans need your help. With around 80 percent of marine litter actually originating on land—either swept in from the coastline or carried to rivers from the streets during heavy rain via storm drains and sewer overflows, its time to act to help conserve our oceans and marine wildlife.
Here are some simple steps you can take to support a wave of change:
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plastics
- Use reusable cloth bags instead of plastic bags when shopping
- Sign the petition now to ban plastic bags
- Each year, close to 20 billion plastic water bottles are tossed in the trash – carry a reusable bottle in your bag.
- Don’t litter or if you do see litter stop, pick it u and pop it in a bin
- Boycott microbeads. Found in so many beauty products—facial scrubs, toothpaste, body washes their tiny size allows them to slip through water-treatment plants. Unfortunately, they also look just like food to some marine animals. Opt for products with natural exfoliants, like oatmeal or salt, instead
- Volunteer at local beach clean-up events or organise your own clean up event
- Make sure you properly secure your garbage to prevent any fly-away plastics
- Don’t release balloons into the air. They travel far and end up in our oceans being consumed by sea turtles and other marine life that mistake them for food.
- Join one of our voluntours and help remove marine debris in Arnhem Land or Cape York .
For more inspiration and information watch Plastic Ocean a feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle or visit the World Oceans Day web site.