Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Happy World Oceans Day!

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Today is World Oceans Day!  Why do we celebrate World Oceans Day?  Well let's find out from the day's sponsor, the UN:

  • To remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life.  They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe.
  • To inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean.
  • To develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean.
  • To mobilize and unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the world's oceans. They are a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.
  • To celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the ocean.

The oceans play an important role in human survival.  Although oceans cover over 70% of the Earth's surface, we've only explored about 10% of the entire ocean!  Oceans absorb carbon dioxide and regulate weather patterns. And they contain over 20 million tons of gold -- who knew!  

How can you help protect the ocean?  
  • Decrease your carbon footprint (drive less, insulate your house, eat less meat) -- the oceans can only absorb so much CO2 before we start to see negative effects from ocean acidification
  • When choosing to eat seafood, refer to the handy-dandy Seafood Watch tool to make more sustainable choices.
  • Protect your storm drains!  Don't let plastics and other trash head into the storm drain -- eventually it ends up in the sea.
  • Just say no to single use plastic bags.  They often end up in the ocean, and they're deadly to sea life.
  • Don't purchase items that exploit marine life, such as coral jewelry, tortoise shell or shark products.
  • Educate yourself about oceans and then get involved in protecting the oceans.

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