Did you know that oceans make up 71% of Earth’s surface? Or that oceans contain 99% of Earth’s area that can be inhabited by plants and animals? That’s a lot of ocean! Unfortunately, pollution has taken an increasing toll on our planet’s largest bodies of water, putting the oceans and their inhabitants in grave danger.
Now more than ever before, it’s important that we all take action to protect and restore our shared oceans, as well as the many creatures who inhabit them. World Oceans Day aims to do just that on June 8. Now in its 18th year, World Oceans Day unites the entire world to celebrate Earth’s oceans and fight for their protection through actions big and small.
Wondering how you can help? While you may not be able to donate large sums of money toward a conservational charity, there are still many ways for you to celebrate World Oceans Day and contribute to the cause. Read below to find out how you can help protect our oceans in light of World Oceans Day.
5 Ways to Protect Our Oceans
- Avoid single-use plastic. The use of disposable plastic has caused a great deal of harm to oceanic habitats. Rather than buying single-use plastic bags, bottles, or straws, invest in reusable versions to help protect our oceans. Here are some of our favorites:
- Sign the petition. The overall mission of World Oceans Day is to protect at least 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030. To help the organization achieve this goal, you can sign their petition and communicate to world leaders that you support the cause. And if you do have the means to donate, any amount will help!
- Opt for reef-safe sunscreen. Many sunscreens contain harmful chemicals that damage coral reefs and cause harm to their inhabitants. Instead, look for sunscreen that’s labeled reef-safe or mineral-based, meaning it’s free of the damaging chemical, oxybenzone.
- Spread the word. Do you have a passion for ocean conservation? Share your thoughts, ideas, and plans with friends, family, and social media followers to get the word out—the more people taking measures to protect our oceans, the better the results will be.
- Raise awareness with a digital event. Last year, World Oceans Day activists hosted more than 2,000 events across more than 140 countries. And while we can’t all get together to celebrate in person this year, digital events can be just as fun and effective! Learn more about hosting your own World Oceans Day digital event on the official website.
How do you plan to celebrate World Oceans Day? Share your ideas in the comments!