Happy World Oceans Day: 5 Things You Can Do To Help The Ocean!

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World Oceans Day is June 8th! The 2017 focus of World Oceans Day is: Our Oceans, Our Future. The focus this year is plastic pollution and marine litter. You can learn more about how World Oceans Day came to exist on the website.

The ocean makes up about 70% of Earth’s surface. With much of the ocean still undiscovered and unknown, the ocean is one of the most important things on Earth.

Here are some ways you can help protect our oceans:

1. Be aware of your plastic and single use consumption. Opt for: reusable options and find new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Find a beach clean up near you, or just partake in a 2 minute beach clean!

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All trash pictured was collected in a 3 hour period at the Berkeley Marina.

2. Inform your friends about what would happen IF SHARKS DISAPPEARED. Opt for: calling your government representative and informing them you support a ban shark fin trade (without exceptions).

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3. Limit consumption of fish. Opt for: knowing the latest sustainable fish options through Seafood Watch.

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Image from Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch website.

4. Use Reef Safe Sunscreen. Opt for: mineral sunscreen (zinc and titanium oxides) versus chemical sunscreen (oxybenzone and other benzones).

5. Responsibly dispose of cigarette butts. Opt for: informing others about the harmful toxicity of cigarette butts.

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Want to find an ocean related event happening around World Oceans Day? Check out a list of world wide events HERE.

The key to helping protect or advocate for anything is not to start too large. Just start by incorporating one of these things into your daily routine. For some, it might be partaking in a daily litter clean up on the way to work, or switching to a reef safe sunscreen… but for others, it could be trying to inform friends about sunscreen or cigarette butts! Focus on one area where you could incorporate a tip listed above and then once you have mastered that, incorporate another. For example, I started with beach clean ups as a kid, then I started speaking out for sharks, and I moved on to the other areas as I got comfortable with the one before it. Start slow and without judgement, and work from there.

Click the highlighted text for links with more information.

Lily