Today has been declared as World Oceans Day by the United Nations. This UN-recognized day of ocean celebration and action is to remind all of us how important the oceans are. The oceans provide us from services like oxygen, medicines and food, but also a range of beautiful animals. The importance of the maritime ecosystems and the services they deliver has not had a lot of appreciation from humans. Humans continue to over exploit the oceans and damage it through marine pollution, destructive fishing (such as dynamite fishing) and so much more. The question is: How much more can the ocean handle?
Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.
Every June 8th, people all around the world organize huge events to celebrate the splash of blue our planet has and to support the actions protecting our oceans. The theme this year is Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet and especially aims to stop plastic pollution that is taking a significant toll on the worlds oceans. Step in and take your part for healthy oceans!
What can YOU do?
1. Eat NO fish today!
To take a stand for healthy oceans.
2. If you are on it; Eat NO fish permanently or LESS fish
Eating no fish at all is probably the friendliest way for relieving stress on the oceans. But if you do not want to: Eat less!
3. Ask for sustainable fish
This is probably a hard one for most people. Asking for it still seems ‘hippie’, but if you choose to eat fish that is farmed or caught in a manner that does not deplete the species or damage the environment you will help reduce the demand for overexploited species.
4. Throw trash in the garbage bins
By throwing garbage on the streets, the beaches or in the sea you are part of direct pollution. Trash can reach the oceans through waterways or wind and can even kill animals.
5. Use fewer plastic products
Reducing the demand for plastic products and reducing the chance of pollution is a win-win, right? Reuse your plastic bags or bring your own when shopping.
6. While traveling or relaxing: Watch out!
Snorkeling or diving is fun, but watch out for damaging the environment of wildlife by stepping on corals. It takes hundreds of years (or maybe even longer!) to form corals. One step can wash away homes, nurture rooms and food for sea-creatures. And always remember to bring your trash with you while traveling, until you find a garbage bin.
7. Artivism: Make awesome art and raise awareness
Want to do something more than limiting action to yourself? Raise awareness! The header of this post was born out of awareness towards oceans by Rah Akaishi. Express yourself through art or performance and inspire others. I have found Rah Akaishi’s art through Pangaseed:
”PangeaSeed (Foundation) is an international organization who collaborates with members of the art, science, and environmental activist communities. PangeaSeed is dedicated to raising public awareness and education surrounding the conservation and preservation of sharks and other marine species in peril.”
Here are some artists on Pangaseed: