Friday, June 8, 2012

World's Ocean Day

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

Jacques Cousteau

In the words of famous explorer Jacques Cousteau, today I want to pay tribute to my favorite place our planet earth, the Oceans.

Today is World Oceans Day, a day in which we need to honor and celebrate this wonderful body of water that links us all, for what it provides and what it represents.

But why are Oceans important (you might ask)?

The Oceans cover about 2/3 of the Earth's surface which helps create the atmosphere in which we live. 

These great body of waters impact our daily weather and climate. But most importantly the Oceans are home to thousands of marine species and invertebrates, creating amazing habitats that we can only imagine.

So, what can we do to honor and help such an amazing and important part of our planet?

Perhaps we think that one individual cannot make a difference, but that is not true.Every day tons of plastic and garbage gets thrown into the sea, making it hard for sea animals to swim and in some cases they even get killed when confusing food with garbage.

But we can make a difference, with simple changes:

Stop using single-use plastic water bottles.  In nearly all cases, the water out of your tap is just as safe – if not safer – than the water distributed in single-use plastic bottles.   Instead, buy and use a reusable bottle and fill it with water.

Stop using plastic grocery bags.  Each year over one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide.  Because these bags are so light and thin, they are easily carried by the wind out into the environment.  Instead, use reusable bags to get your groceries and other purchases home.

Buy a reusable travel mug.  Use a reusable travel mug or to-go cup for your coffee, tea and other beverage purchases.  Think of all the lids (as well as the waxed paper cups) you’ll save.

Always look for alternative packaging. Many items such as soft drinks, detergent, cat litter, etc. come in alternate packaging (such as aluminum or cardboard) that can be more easily recycled than plastic.

Buy and sell secondhand before tossing it.  Clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, household supplies, sporting goods and many other consumer items can often be found through secondhand sources, thereby reducing the amount of new plastic entering the waste stream.

If each one of us makes a pledge to at least change one of our ways with plastic and garbage, I know that  together can make a difference from this...

To this...

Being that I live on a piece of land surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, the Ocean is a HUGE part of my daily life, I am an avid swimmer and diver, considering it almost like my natural habitat, so I myself pledge to protect it and make a difference today and every day for future generations... Are you with me?

Here's to many more centuries of cleaner oceans, for me and you and future generations!!!

Happy World's Ocean Day and happy weekend : )

7 commented; now it's your turn!:

MarkD60 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great post! I wish humanity was more nature focused instead of money focused.

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Happy World Oceans Day! Great tips for simple, easy changes we can all make!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Loved your post. I worry about our Oceans since Japan's Reactors blew up. Think of all the radiation that is floating around and contaminating and killing the animals of the sea...debbie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the ocean and yet see it so son is on the beach right now and keeps texting back how beautiful it is...and it is
Thanks for the reminders on how to keep it that way and to be a good steward

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I didn't know it is World Ocean Day! I will certainly try and do my part!

carnealian said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I hate the thought of all the crap in the ocean. I was recently at an art show in Harrisburg and I noticed all the trash that people left laying around. There were plenty of trash cans too. A storm quickly rolled through which of course had a lot of wind. I kept thinking about all that trash that was laying around probably blew right in to the river and ultimately will end up in the ocean. People are just way too selfish.

Anna E said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a wonderful post...I love the Oceans too, even the word (Ocean) is beautiful in itself. I live by the ocean too (although much colder water than your side of the planet), and it is true, it casts a spell upon one, and is never the same from day to day. xo.

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