Whenever the temperatures begin to rise, people all over the world pack their bags and head to the beach. For some, the water is just steps away and for others, it’s miles and miles from home. No matter where you live, it’s important to remember that we all share the responsibility of caring for our oceans. World Oceans Day is celebrated each year on June 8th as a reminder to take care of our planet, our oceans, and ourselves.
Why should you celebrate World Oceans Day?
For people who don’t live near the coast, it can be easy to downplay the importance of protecting our oceans. I know that for me, marine life isn’t always top of mind. The truth is that it should be. Most of the planet is covered by water yet only a little over 1% is actually protected. Celebrating World Oceans Day is an awesome opportunity to remind ourselves and others of the huge role the oceans play in our everyday lives.
Oceans contain the majority of life found on earth, including tiny marine plants who release over half of all of the oxygen in our atmosphere. The water also absorbs approximately a quarter of the CO2 we produce, which helps reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to helping us breathe every single day, they are a major source of food, life-saving medications, household and beauty products, and more.
How should you celebrate World Oceans Day?
I say this all the time in regards to personal health, but it’s also true for our oceans – no effort is too small. Individuals can make a big difference just by altering minor aspects of their lives.
- Ditch single-use plastics. Disposable plastic is convenient, but the costs far outweigh its benefits. One of the simplest ways to help is to stop using plastic straws, cutlery, cups, and bags. When you do need to use plastic, try to recycle what you can.
- Use your voice. Whenever you can, help educate others on the importance of protecting our oceans. Speak with your representatives. Share these hashtags on social media when spreading the word: #WorldOceansDay, #SaveOurOcean.
- Check your footprint. Climate change is one of the biggest threats to the health of our oceans and marine life. If you are not sure how you can help, start with assessing your carbon footprint. Then work on one thing at a time to lower it.
- Attend an event. On June 8th, there will be World Oceans Day events all over the world. Find an event near you and take part! If you aren’t able to attend, there are plenty of free resources to help you celebrate at home.
- Support companies that care. One of the easiest ways to make a difference is to spend your money on products created by conscious companies. I support Bumble Bee because they are committed to the future well-being of our families and our planet.