7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
As we enjoy Earth Day celebrations taking place around the world this week, we at Ocean Futures Society feel it is a golden opportunity to remind us all that the land and the sea are bound together in one Earth.
May we all honor our water planet on this special day with some of the following suggestions:
- Cook a sustainable feast of fish and locally harvested fruits and vegetables for family and friends; but please do not serve bluefin tuna, shark, farmed salmon, or any other seafood on the RED list of Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Guide.
- Think Reusable from grocery bags to water bottles; eliminate single use plastic in your life to minimize environmental impacts and to save you money…save more money by using stainless steel water bottles and reusable shopping bags.
- Enjoy an aquatic adventure: grab a kayak, mask/snorkel or jump aboard a whale watching boat, but PLEASE do not spend your money at a theme park that keeps orcas or other dolphins and whales in captivity. There are so many environmentally friendly aquatic adventures to enjoy on your Earth Day or summer vacation.
- Dive in to volunteer with a marine conservation organization.
- Shop for eco-friendly products and support those companies that are giving back to ocean conservation efforts.
- Educate yourself about the ocean and its marine life. “People protect what they love.” Jacques-Yves Cousteau
The more you know about the issues endangering our oceans, the more you will be able to ensure its health.
- Share with a friend what’s going on with the world’s oceans and what they can do to make a difference. Spread the word and join OFS on Facebook and Twitter and tell a friend….OFS membership is free.
We are at the threshold of a new era of understanding. We can no longer indulge in being ignorant about the most pressing environmental issues and impacts threatening the health of our oceans. Time is of the essence and that time is now. We must stand up for the ocean. It’s time we do everything we can in our daily lives to ensure a healthy, productive water planet far into the future.
Happy Earth Day!
President, Ocean Futures Society
Photo: Jean-Michel Cousteau enjoys a beautiful dive in Papua New Guinea © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society