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World Oceans Day

Updated May 5, 2015

 

Swimming in trash? That's gross and unhealthy—and not just for you. A healthy planet needs a healthy ocean, but our waters face huge risks from overfishing, climate change, and plastic pollution. Luckily, you can help!

 

This year's World Oceans Day on June 8 is all about saying "no" to plastic trash—and therefore helping protect the ocean. Check out the tips below to find out what you can do to stop plastic pollution (plus other kinds of planet-harming trash) and save the seas.

 

Here's what you can do to help:

 

REDUCE YOUR TRASH

Find ways to reuse, donate, or recycle unwanted items instead of tossing them in the landfill.

 

RESPECT THE BEACH

Always clean up after yourself and consider participating in a local beach cleanup.

 

TAKE THE BETTER BAG CHALLENGE

Instead of using disposable bags, grab a reusable tote bag when you go shopping. You can even make one out of reused items, like an old T-shirt!

 

PLEDGE TO THE PLANET

Choose how you’ll contribute by taking the poll on this page.

 

"WEAR BLUE, TELL TWO"

Participate by wearing blue and telling others two facts about why the ocean is important and how they can help.

 

JUMP IN!

Ask a parent to take you to a World Oceans Day event near you.

 

 

 

I pledge to make the planet a happier place by...   

Official Website

FIND AN EVENT NEAR YOU.

MORE ON THIS DAY

Visit Nat Geo Education.

Nat Geo Initiative

SEE ISSUES AFFECTING OUR OCEANS.

OTHER RESOURCES

Visit Nat Geo Education.

PHOTO TIPS

Capture life beneath the water!

WHICH FISH IS CUTER?

Make your choice

Water's Journey

THE WATER CYCLE

Sylvia Earle

DIVE AND EXPLORE