June 8 is World Oceans Day
In June 2008, the United Nations designated June 8 as World Oceans Day. The world’s oceans account for roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface and they are in peril with threats ranging from depleted fisheries, dying coral reefs, marine pollution, ocean acidification and climate change.
Courtesy of the Living Oceans Society, here are 5 simple things you can do to celebrate and help our oceans:
- Get informed about ecosystem threats and ocean conservation
- Conserve water. Canadians use 4 times as much water per year as the average person in Sweden. Reduce your use of water and show the Swedes we can take care of our rivers and lakes too.
- Use organic vegetables and all-natural cleaning products. The pesticides and fertilizers we use on our fields and everything we put down the sink eventually end up in the ocean.
- Avoid plastic water bottles, plastic bags, plastic anything! The ocean is full of plastic garbage. Be part of the global effort to clean the ocean but using less plastic.
- Walk outside and take a deep breath of fresh air. Every second breath you take contains oxygen made by the ocean.