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Today (June 8th) is World Ocean Day, and a perfect time to ask yourself – how much do I really know about the state of our oceans, and why is it important?
Here are some fast facts:
The ocean regulates our climate by absorbing carbon dioxide, and it supports the greatest abundance of life on earth.
In economy terms, the ocean is worth an estimated $31 trillion dollars.
But - the ocean is in trouble.
Large species like tuna average half their normal size because of overfishing.
It ends up in your diet, too.
We have to ensure that oceans continue to meet our needs without compromising those of future generations. They regulate the planet’s climate and are a significant source of nutrition. Their surface provides essential passage for global trade, while their depths hold current and future solutions to humanity’s energy needs.- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
A big thankyou to One World One Ocean for the info graphics.
How can I help?
Mind your carbon footprint and reduce energy consumption
Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work.
A few things you can do to get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs, and rug up in winter to avoid oversetting your thermostat.
Make safe, sustainable seafood choices (or choose to not eat fish at all)
Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for overexploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable.
Reduce what you buy, watch over-packaging and stop ANY of these items ending up in our oceans
Coffee cups, cigarette buts, plastic bottles, plastic bags, wet wipes and more are all ending up in our oceans and polluting our beaches. Not to mention causing harm to sea life, and even human health. Small actions like ditching takeaway coffee cups and getting an awesome reusable Keep Cup, or using a reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic ones can hugely help reduce waste in our oceans.
What you can do
Say 'NO' to wasteful packaging, plastic bags and bottled water
Reject or cut back on these bad-for-the-environment items: over-packaged products, non-recyclable packaging, plastic bags and bottled water when tap water is available.