How to celebrate World Oceans Day, at a distance
Every year, World Oceans Day helps us celebrate, protect and conserve the wellbeing of the oceans and all the living things that inhabit them. Typically, it is marked by group shoreline cleanups, protests, and tk. It brings people together. This year, as we are encouraged to stay apart to limit the spread of COVID-19, World Oceans Day will look a bit different. But, there are still lots of ways you can work to raise awareness about the importance of protecting marine life. Read on for five ways to take part in World Oceans Day at a distance this year.
Raising awareness online can be as simple as a social media post, using the hashtag #WorldOceansDay, and encouraging your followers to do the same. If you’re lucky enough to be self-isolating near an ocean, live stream the waves crashing in or the sun setting over the horizon. You can also start your own Facebook fundraiser to help support your favourite ocean charity.
Sign a petition
There are lots of great causes that get behind keeping oceans healthy, and by signing them, you could be helping them get closer to their goals. Greenpeace has a great one that is working to expedite the Global Ocean Treaty. You can also sign the Friends of the Earth petition to help reduce plastics in the ocean, or the WWF petition that is working towards similar goals.
Make a pledge
Even if you’re apart, you can still make a commitment with your friends, coworkers and family to make measurable changes to your habits that affect the ocean. Things like minimising single-use plastic, taking more environmentally-friendly transport, and reducing energy consumption can all have a positive impact on the health of our oceans.
Donate your money, and your time down the road
There are so many charities that invite people to join them for shoreline cleanups, but this year, donate instead. The Ocean Cleanup is a great organisation that is aiming to clean up 90% of plastic pollution. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is focused on habitat maintenance and illegal fishing, while Surfrider is all about cleaning up the sand and protecting the shoreline. There is lots of excellent work being done, and while you currently can’t donate your time, funds are always appreciated.
Support brands that are taking care of the ocean
There are so many great brands that take care of the ocean while they create beautiful products. Biotherm’s Water Lovers Initiative has a mission to help protect the aquatic life that is so essential to their skincare, the brand also obtained the rigorous Nordic Swan Ecolabel for its Waterlover Sun Milk SPF30 and SPF50.This suncare range, conceived to respect phytoplankton and other marine life. The brand is releasing two short films – Into the Depths starring Théo Curin and Guillaume Néry and Breathing the Ocean featuring Julie Gautier with a film score by Molecule – proving that, at its core, art can be a catalyst for activism. As an ocean brand, One Ocean Beauty’s efforts will be put towards protecting and restoring the oceans.
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Written by - Tara MacInnis