Our guest blogger is Emily Fisher, online editor at Oceana
Happy World Oceans Day! If you’re lucky enough to be on the coast right now, we envy you. If you’re stuck inside like most of us, fret not. You can still celebrate the day by pledging to protect the oceans.
Here at Oceana, in addition to celebrating the beauty of the salty seas that cover more than 71 percent of our planet, starting today and through the rest of the summer, we’re asking everyone to take small steps in their lives to help the oceans. As vast as they are, the world’s oceans are suffering as a result of pollution, irresponsible fishing methods and climate change and ocean acidification.
Here’s how it works. When you pledge to be an ocean hero, you can choose between three options: clean up your local beach or river, eat sustainable seafood or recycle. Here’s more:
1. Clean up your local beach or waterway.
There’s no shortage of litter on beaches and riverbanks, and much of it could end up in the stomachs of sea creatures, or adding to the ocean’s growing plastic soup. Picking up garbage on the beach is an easy way to help the oceans.
Bonus points: Take pictures of your clean-up on your iPhone and post them to Instagram. Make sure to tag your photos #ocean and check www.oceana.org/heroes to see what other ocean heroes are up to this summer.
2. Eat sustainable seafood.
Use the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch guide at the seafood counter or restaurant to make smart and sustainable seafood choices. Then check out Oceana’s sustainable seafood guides on Foodspotting. The next time you’re eating fish at a restaurant, share pictures from your smart phone on Foodspotting and let others know where they should (and shouldn’t!) go for seafood.
3. Reuse and recycle.
Yes, it’s that old saw we all know: reduce, reuse, recycle. And it is as important as ever to prevent the further pollution of marine ecosystems. If you want to go the extra mile (or extra liter) you can also get the Oceana water bottle from Nautica.
So go ahead, take the pledge – and please pass it on via Facebook and Twitter!
– Emily Fisher, online editor at Oceana