June 8: How Are You Honoring World Oceans Day?

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No matter where we live, we are all connected to and affected by the ocean. It supplies us with food, helps regulate our climate and provides livelihoods for millions of people. Human activities impact even the most remote parts of the ocean. Through better practices, we can create a healthy, abundant ocean for future generations.

Here are 4 simple actions everyone can take to positively impact ocean health.

Because the ocean seems so vast, one might have trouble believing that immediate threats exist which dramatically affect our seafood supply and ocean health. Overfishing, illegal fishing and habitat damage are abundant. Learn how to purchase seafood that has been caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways by visiting seafoodwatch.org.

Harmful chemicals and plastic microbeads in home and personal care products are washed down the drain and eventually end up in the ocean, even if you’re landlocked. A couple of simple ways to start is to avoid sunscreen that contains oxybenzone or octinoxate, and to use reusable bags instead of plastic.

Protect drinkable, fishable and swimmable water in your community. If you don’t live near a coastline, clean up your local river or lake.

Although it may seem like a limitless resource, the planet has a finite amount of water. While most of the Earth’s surface is water, only 3% of that is freshwater. One of the main ways to make a difference is to conserve water when maintaining your lawn or garden. Conserving water means less water-carrying pesticides and other toxins that will run off into waterways, less energy will be used to transport and treat water, and more freshwater will be available for wildlife and humans.