I feel like we are sooooo lucky to live by the ocean! I have no idea what the percentage is of people who live near the water, but I feel like it might be pretty low. And, that’s kinda surprising because about 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. And of that, about 96.5% of the water comes from the oceans. Why am I prattling on about oceanic statistics? Because today is World Oceans Day!
World Oceans Day not only celebrates the oceans, it educates us, and perhaps even encourages us to change the way we think about the ocean. Right now, you may be saying, “I don’t live by the ocean.” Or, “The ocean is cold and gross.” But the oceans are important to everyone. The oceans are like the heart of the earth. Oceans produce oxygen, regulate the climate, feed millions of people every year, are the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provide us with important medicines, and so much more!
This year, the theme is Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet, and the focus is on the prevention of plastic pollution in our waters. Plastic pollution is a serious threat because it degrades very slowly, polluting waterways for an incredibly long time. Plus, it can injure or kill aquatic animals and plants. But getting involved is hard. Volunteering is so time consuming. Yeah, whatevs. Shut your trap. Some suuuper simple ways you can help are to drink water out of your reusable container, actually use those canvas tote bags that are shoved in the back of your closet everywhere you shop (not just the grocery store,) and simply clean up either after yourself, or after others who leave trash on or near the beaches.
OK, I’ll stop blabbering, but will leave you with these shocking facts about why we should be concerned. So whether you hate it or love it, each one of us has to not only think about how the ocean affects us, but how we affect the ocean…