June 8th is the twelfth annual World Oceans Day. What can you do to mark the day?
June 8th is the twelfth annual World Oceans Day. Created in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, WOD is a day for people to reflect on the importance of the oceans in our everyday lives, from the fourth generation fisherman who depends on it for his livelihood, to the accountant in Tulsa who daydreams about escaping to the coast, to the tuna in your sandwich, the health of the ocean, its water, its sea-life and its habitat affects all of us. So what can you do to mark this day?
- Learn – about the wealth of beautiful marine life the ocean has to offer. Visit an aquarium, surf the web, visit the local library, or if you’re fortunate enough to live by the water go out and explore first hand.
- Get involved – volunteer with a local conservation organization, from a neighborhood clean up group to organizations like Oceana and Greenpeace.
- Make wise food choices – is the seafood you’re eating sustainable? Check out the good, the bad and the ugly of seafood on websites like the Seafood Choices Alliance and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s site at www.mbayaq.org/seafoodwatch.
- Transportation – walk, bike, carpool, use public transportation, swim (ok, maybe not so convenient) to cut back on the amount of pollution we put into the air.
- RECYCLE RECYCLE RECYCLE!
- Help get June 8th officially recognized by the United Nations as World Oceans Day by going to The Ocean Project’s website and signing their petition.