World Oceans Day is celebrated on 8 June each year to raise awareness about the importance of oceans, the challenges they face, and the actions we can take to protect them. Here are some ways you can celebrate World Oceans Day:
- Educate Yourself – One of the most important things you can do for World Oceans Day is to educate yourself about the importance of oceans and the challenges they face. Take some time to read articles, watch documentaries like ‘A Plastic Ocean’, or attend events to learn more about the issues facing our oceans, such as plastic pollution, climate change, and overfishing. By educating yourself, you can become a more informed advocate for ocean conservation.
- Reduce Your Plastic Use – Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to our oceans, with millions of tons of plastic waste entering our waterways each year. To reduce your plastic use, consider using reusable bags, water bottles, and straws, and choose products with non-plastic packaging like paper, cardboard, glass and aluminium. Opt for products which are refillable, closed loop or compostable. You can also participate in beach cleanups or organise one in your community to help remove plastic debris from the shorelines.
- Support Ocean-Friendly Businesses – Many businesses are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact and support ocean conservation. Look for businesses that use sustainable practices, such as eco-friendly packaging, natural, biodegradable and greywater safe ingredients, and support ocean conservation organisations. Examples of ocean-friendly skincare businesses are Azur Pure Skincare, Allbirds, Biome and I’m Plastic Free. By supporting these businesses, you can help create demand for sustainable products and services and contribute to a healthier planet.
- Spread Awareness – Social media is a powerful tool for spreading awareness about ocean conservation. Share solutions, articles, photos, and videos that highlight the importance of oceans and the need for action to protect them. You can also use hashtags like #WorldOceansDay or #ProtectOurOceans to join the conversation and connect with others who share your passion for ocean conservation.
- Participate in Citizen Science – Citizen science is a way for people to contribute to scientific research by collecting data and sharing it with researchers. Many organisations offer citizen science projects related to oceans, such as tracking marine debris, monitoring water quality, and tracking marine wildlife. By participating in these projects, you can help contribute to scientific research and gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing our oceans.
- Eat Sustainable Seafood – Overfishing is a major threat to ocean ecosystems and the livelihoods of people who depend on them. To help reduce the impact of overfishing, consider eating sustainable seafood. Look for seafood that is certified by organisations like the Marine Stewardship Council, which certifies fisheries that meet strict sustainability criteria. You can also try eating plant-based meals or reducing your overall consumption of seafood.
- Support Ocean Conservation Organisations – There are many organisations working to protect our oceans, from local groups to international organisations. Consider donating your time, money, or resources to support them and spread the word. You can also participate in fundraising events or advocacy campaigns to help raise awareness and support for ocean conservation.
World Oceans Day is an opportunity to celebrate the beauty and importance of our oceans, and to take action to protect them. By educating yourself, reducing your plastic use, supporting ocean-friendly businesses, spreading awareness, participating in citizen science, eating sustainable seafood, and supporting ocean conservation organisations, you can make a difference and help create a healthier future for our blue planet.