Help the Oceans on June 8!
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Published on June 5, 2014
The sixth annual World Oceans Day takes place on Sunday, June 8, with hundreds of events planned around the world.
A healthy planet requires a healthy ocean, yet the ocean faces great risks such as overfishing and climate change. The United Nations designated a World Oceans Day as a way to raise global awareness about these issues and to focus on solutions.
In Washington, kids can visit the Seattle Aquarium to learn how to become an Ocean Hero. In Durban, South Africa, surfers, scientists, and others will paddle out to highlight the plight of sharks. And in Fujisawa-city, Japan, people can participate in beach and underwater cleanups, not to mention sand art workshops.
Ask your parents to take you to a World Oceans Day celebration near you!
2014 World Oceans Day Theme:
“Together we have the power to protect the ocean.”
How to Help
- Reduce your trash: Find ways to reuse, donate, or recycle unwanted items instead of tossing them in the landfill.
- Sign the NO MORE PLASTIC! pledge.
- Respect the beach: Always clean up after yourself and consider participating in a local beach cleanup.
- Choose sustainable seafood: Ask your parents to shop smart and also ask where the seafood came from when eating out.
- "Wear Blue, Tell Two": Participate in World Oceans Day by wearing blue and telling others why the oceans are important and how they can help.
Did You Know?
- The ocean covers 70 percent of our planet and produces 70 percent of the oxygen we breath.
- Millions of tiny bits of plastic debris have been collected by ocean currents in a seven-million-square-mile (19-million-square-kilometer) area of the North Pacific Ocean known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
- Plastics and other trash can be harmful to marine life. Loggerhead sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for food. Trash covering the surface of the ocean can also block sunlight from reaching plant life below.