8th June is the official World Oceans Day, an event created to honour our planet and the water that connects us all around the globe.
The mission of the organisation is to;
Change perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.
Learn – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
Change our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the ocean! By taking care of your backyard and helping in your community, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will make a difference, and involving your family, friends, and community will benefit our blue planet even more!
Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the ocean. Take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our ocean.
This years focus lies in reducing plastic pollution in our seas. As we are becoming more and more aware of how damaging plastic is to our seas, it is important to educate each other on steps to take to become a more ocean friendly consumer.
Below are some easy steps to follow to drastically reduce your plastic consumption that everyone can easily do by only changing small things in daily life;
Carry a reusable water bottle/coffee cup.
Drink tap water.
Carry a canvas or string bag for shopping.
Use paper folders.
No plastic cutlery or straws.
Stop chewing gum (it contains plastic)
Pick up litter especially near beaches, waterways and shorelines.