June 8th is World Oceans Day, declared by the United Nations at the urging of Canada to protect our greatest resource of oxygen and food supply. June 1st to 8th is Oceans Week in Canada.
ReefCam is donating ad-free live underwater camera feed for Oceans Week June 1st to 8th. You can see coral reef and marine life in their natural habitat in the Carribean. Visit www.reefcam.tv and www.WorldOceansDay.ca
Eleven Things You Can Do To Help Save Our Waterways & Oceans:
1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption
Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work. A few things you can do to get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs, and bundle up or use a fan to avoid over setting your thermostat.
2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices
Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for over exploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable. Suzuki’s Top 10 Sustainable Seafood Picks
3. Use Fewer Plastic and Styrofoam Products
Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. Styrofoam products break into tiny pieces which harm our marine animals. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in non disposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, and recycle whenever possible. Please avoid using Styrofoam products anywhere near waterways.
4. Help Take Care of the Beach
Whether you enjoy swimming, diving, surfing, or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. Explore and appreciate waterways and the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks and coral. Participate with friends in local beach cleanups. If you do not live close to the ocean, make sure you transfer this ethic to protect and cleanup lake shores, rivers and creeks – all of which can have the same positive impact on our Oceans health!
5. Don’t Purchase Items Which Exploit Marine Life
Certain products contribute to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine populations. Avoid purchasing items such as coral jewelry, tortoiseshell hair accessories (made from hawksbill turtles), and shark products.
6. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner
Read pet food labels and consider seafood sustainability when choosing a diet for your pet. Never flush cat litter, which can contain pathogens harmful to marine life. Avoid stocking your aquarium with wild-caught saltwater fish, and never release any aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water, a practice that can introduce non-native species harmful to the existing ecosystem.
7. Support Organizations Working to Protect Waterways and the Ocean
Many institutes and organizations are fighting to protect waterways, ocean habitats and marine wildlife. Find a national organization and consider giving financial support or volunteering for hands-on work or advocacy. If you live near any waterway, join up with a local branch or group and get involved in projects close to home. BurlingtonGreen – Citizens for a Greener Community
8. Influence Change in Your Community
Research the ocean and environmental policies of public officials before you vote or contact your local representatives to let them know you support marine conservation projects. Consider patronizing restaurants and grocery stores that offer only sustainable seafood, and speak up about your concerns if you spot a threatened species on the menu or at the seafood counter. Endangered Fish and Seafood to Avoid Eating: Bluefin Tuna, Red Snapper, Chilean Seabass, Atlantic Halibut, Atlantic Cod, Orange Roughy, Spiny Lobster
9. Travel Waterways Responsibly
Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water. Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. If you are set on taking a cruise for your next vacation, do some research to find the most eco-friendly option.
10. Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life
All life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you’ll want to help ensure its health—then share that knowledge to educate and inspire others.
11. Tell a Friend And Family Member The Above!!
We are all connected
Water in every stream or river or lake on the planet eventually ends up in the ocean. Life on Earth is dependent upon the health of our oceans. Around the world we all have a vested interest in the health of our water.
Did you know?
- 80% of the oxygen we breathe comes from oceans? Only 20% comes from trees
- All living creatures and vegetation needs our oceans to be healthy.
LIMITED WATER ON EARTH
- Water travels from our oceans to the atmosphere, to land, to rivers and back to our oceans again.
- Our water resources are limited. The water now present on Earth is all there is.
- To protection our oceans, we must start with protecting our rivers.
The Water Cycle
What can you do daily to help protect watersheds and our oceans?
- Never pour any chemicals down the drain
- Pick up garbage on the ground
- Clean up after your pets
- Properly dispose of household hazardous wastes
- Use alternative pest control methods
- Practice waste reduction and pollution prevention – reduce/reuse/recycle
- Walk or cycle instead of driving
- Save water…turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or washing your car
- Plant native species of plants – they grow better without fertilizers and pesticides.
Become an OCEAN HERO, a champion of preserving our waterways and conserving water.