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Last-Minute Ways to Celebrate the Sea

World Oceans Day is almost here, and if you don’t know how you’re going to celebrate yet, this post is for you. Maybe World Oceans Day snuck up on you this year, or maybe you just didn’t have time to put together that lesson plan, cleanup, or workshop… either way, we’ve got you covered with these stress-free ideas.
Alexandra Thomsen 25-May-2017
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Sea Youth Rise Up 2017!

Calling young ocean conservationists ages 14-21! Enter the Sea Youth Rise Up Video Competition to share your opinion on ocean conservation challenges and solutions for the chance to travel to New York City on June 3-5 to speak up for ocean conservation to a global audience in honor of World Oceans Day! Entries due May 24, 2017.
Samantha Mackiewicz 17-May-2017
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Event Ideas for Inland Celebrations

Don’t live by a beach? Never been SCUBA diving or surfing? Don’t worry, everyone can play an important role in protecting the ocean– on World Oceans Day and every day! Whether we live on the coast or miles away from the sea, we are all connected to the ocean and can take action to positively impact ocean health.
Samantha Mackiewicz 09-May-2017
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Seas the Day in May: Green Gardening

This May, green your garden the environmentally friendly way! If you are fortunate enough to have a garden or lawn to care for this spring, this post will help you water, manage weeds and pests, and keep your garden green without harming the ocean and other life. Even if you don’t have your own garden, these tips can also help you maintain an ocean-friendly plot in a community garden! Or, enjoy the May flowers with a few potted plants or a planter box.
Alexandra Thomsen 03-May-2017
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Surf's Up! Event Ideas for Surfers

As a surfer you know how important a beautiful, clean, and healthy ocean is for recreation, enjoyment, and our own health. What can you do to help keep the ocean beautiful? Check out what other surfers and surf organizations around the world did to celebrate World Oceans Day last year and start planning your own event for this year. Get ready to hit the waves, have fun and take action with your favorite activity- surfing!
Samantha Mackiewicz 28-Apr-2017
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From Earth Day to World Oceans Day: Bringing Awareness to our Beloved Seas

Earth Day is just a few days away! It has never been more paramount to bring awareness to the efforts of environmental leaders working to ensure our planet’s future. While there are plenty of ways to improve the environment on land, it is important to raise awareness to the threats to our beloved oceans! World Oceans Day is June 8th and Earth Day Texas has chosen the ocean as the theme for this year’s event.
Rosalynn Vasquez 20-Apr-2017
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Setting Sail for World Oceans Day

Get out on the water this World Oceans Day and experience the magic of the seas for yourself by going sailing. You’ll be joining sailors around the world who are holding World Oceans Day events and working together to keep our oceans healthy for future generations. There are so many ways sailors, sailing clubs and organizations can celebrate the seas this year. Get ready to hoist your sails and adjust your heading towards ocean conservation this World Oceans Day with these ideas and resources.
Samantha Mackiewicz 11-Apr-2017
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Ocean for Educators

Did you know that we have explored less than 5% of our oceans? Even though there is so much more to explore and learn about the oceans, there is an abundance of knowledge to share about the sea and its inhabitants. This World Oceans Day, teach others not only about the incredible marine life below the surface, but also about the importance of the ocean and its role in our everyday lives. Educators have an especially unique opportunity to teach the next generation why it’s important to keep our oceans healthy for the future.
Samantha Mackiewicz 06-Apr-2017
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Seas the Day in April: Green Cleaning

Seas the Day this April by greening your cleaning habits. Discover whether your products are environmentally friendly, and engage in sustainable cleaning practices. Everyone’s small shifts away from harmful products can add up to keep toxic chemicals and pollution out of our drinking water and the ocean, where they can harm marine life.
Alexandra Thomsen 04-Apr-2017
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Ideas for Resorts: Engaging Guests on World Oceans Day

How can resorts help encourage healthier ocean stewardship? Engage your visitors on World Oceans Day with exciting events and fun activities. Ocean resorts have a chance to turn tourism into activism, empowering visitors by helping them to learn more about the challenges faced by the beautiful environments that surround them.
Samantha Mackiewicz 29-Mar-2017
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How to Get Official Community Recognition for World Oceans Day

From 2004-2008, The Ocean Project and World Ocean Network and our partner organizations around the world, created and widely circulated a petition to the United Nations asking them to officially recognize World Oceans Day as 8 June each year. Having tens of thousands of people sign the petition helped make possible the passage of a resolution by the UN General Assembly in late 2008 that officially recognized World Oceans Day.

What about your own town, city, district, province, state, or nation? Getting official recognition on any of these levels is a great way to help spread the message to your entire community and encourage more widespread celebrations of the ocean and its importance in our everyday lives.
Alexandra Thomsen 21-Mar-2017
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Diving in to World Oceans Day

Every year, more and more divers, dive clubs, and dive organizations join in on World Oceans Day celebrations. Whether you choose to dive beneath the waves or stay above the surface this year, there are so many ways divers can celebrate World Oceans Day across the globe.
Samantha Mackiewicz 14-Mar-2017
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5 Ideas for Aquarium Celebrations

World Oceans Day is a great day for the public to visit their local aquarium to learn about and celebrate the incredible marine life in our oceans. Make your aquarium celebration special this year with these 5 new ideas.
Samantha Mackiewicz 08-Mar-2017
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Businesses Go Blue for World Oceans Day

Planning a World Oceans Day event for your workplace is a fun and effective way to get others to participate in celebrating and protecting our oceans. Check out some ideas for your company, business, or place of work.
Alexandra Thomsen 07-Mar-2017
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Seas the Day in March: Green Your Commute

Our transportation choices have a huge impact on greenhouse gas emissions, like carbon dioxide and methane, which contribute to climate change and ocean acidification. Transportation is the fourth-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Seas the Day in March by incorporating alternative methods to get around every day and lowering your reliance on cars -- especially if you’re driving alone.
Alexandra Thomsen 01-Mar-2017
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Seas the Day in January: Get (Fin)spired

Rediscover your love for the ocean this January and spread this inspiration to others in your life! Even though the oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface and contain 99% of its living space, there’s an overall bias towards terrestrial creatures and ecosystems when it comes to conservation. In 2013, only about 6% of the species protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act were marine. Here are some ideas to help you connect with the ocean this month and remember your own reasons for caring about its protection.
Alexandra Thomsen 10-Jan-2017
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Young Ocean Advocate takes the Better Bag Challenge!

Isabelle is a young and passionate ocean advocate. At just 10 years old, she's taken the Better Bag Challenge on World Oceans Day for the past two years. On June 8th, 2017 she will have saved about 7,000 plastic bags!
Isabelle Reinecke 05-Jan-2017
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Seas the Day in December: Give Back to the Environment

For many people, the holiday season ends up generating more waste than other periods of the year. Following these tips will help you keep up your sustainability efforts, many of which can also be helpful throughout the year. Have a happy holiday season!
Alexandra Thomsen 02-Dec-2016
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Seas the Day in November: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink!

Waste less this November with the four R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rethink! There are tons of creative and simple ways to reduce your use of wasteful products, reuse materials you already have, recycle what you can’t reuse, and last but not least, rethink your daily habits.
Alexandra Thomsen 04-Nov-2016
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Seas the Day in September: Amplify Your Impact

Do you love ocean conservation and environmental sustainability and want to do more than just read about it? Luckily for you, this post is all about ways that you can channel your passion for the ocean and amplify your impact to make a difference! Read on for ideas on using social media, influencing policy, aiding in research and active conservation work, and more!
Alexandra Thomsen 06-Sep-2016
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Rising Up for the Ocean

Sean Russell, founder and director of the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit reflects on Sea Youth Rise Up, a campaign that brought seven youth ocean conservation leaders together on World Oceans Day to speak up for our oceans!
Sean Russell 17-Aug-2016
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Seas the Day in August: Water-Wise

Many people think of water as a practically limitless resource. And although water covers over 70% of our planet’s surface, only 3% of the Earth’s water is freshwater and only 1% is available for our use – most of the remaining freshwater is frozen. Conserving water not only ensures that more of this water will be available for future generations; it also reduces the energy that must be expended to transport, treat, and heat water and reduces stress on the wildlife that also depend on it. Seas the Day this August by using these tips to lower your water use and by spreading the word to others.
Alexandra Thomsen 03-Aug-2016
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Seas the Day in July: Eating for a Better World

Eating well is a challenge in itself, and eating healthy food that is also produced sustainably can be even harder. This July, challenge yourself to think more about where your food is coming from, and make whatever changes you can to move towards sustainable eating.
Alexandra Thomsen 01-Jul-2016
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Thank you for celebrating World Oceans Day 2016!

Over the past two weeks, hundreds of events were held, thousands of individuals celebrated, and millions of people were engaged online for World Oceans Day. Thank you so much for being a part of this global celebration of our oceans.
Samantha Mackiewicz 16-Jun-2016
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Winners of the Third World Oceans Day Photo Contest Announced!

The results of the Third Annual World Oceans Day Photo Contest were announced on World Oceans Day, Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at a reception at United Nations Headquarters in New York attended by several hundred delegates.The finalists and winners were announced by well-known underwater photographer Ellen Cuylaerts (Belgium) and their photos were projected in large format.
Bill Mott 08-Jun-2016
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Happy World Oceans Day!

World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. From the entire team at World Oceans Day headquarters, we hope you will celebrate your connection to our shared ocean on June 8th, and get involved in helping with solutions to the many challenges we face in creating a healthier ocean and a more sustainable society. No matter where you live – each of us affects the ocean and is affected by the ocean.
Jennifer Spring 07-Jun-2016
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Introducing the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council

This new Advisory Council will help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day, on June 8th, and year round. Advisory Council members will be instrumental in helping shape the development of World Oceans Day as it grows, providing new and unique perspectives, ideas, and recommendations. Together, with the Advisory Council and our growing global network of partners from all sectors and dozens of countries, we will also expand opportunities for ocean conservation throughout the year.
Bill Mott 06-Jun-2016
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Last minute ways to mark this special day!

World Oceans Day is just around the corner, but it’s never too late to plan a great activity or event to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8th! Here are some last-minute, quick n’ easy ways to do something to celebrate World Oceans Day and help out our ocean.
Jennifer Spring 04-Jun-2016
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World Oceans Day Events Across the Globe!

World Oceans Day is June 8th, but starting this weekend there will be many exciting events happening around the world to celebrate our shared ocean! From beach cleanups to barbecues, many thousands of people will attend unique celebrations to learn about the importance of the ocean and commemorate their connection to the sea. Here are just 6 of the many great events happening for World Oceans Day 2016...
Samantha Mackiewicz 03-Jun-2016
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Seas the Day in June: Explore the Outdoors!

Enjoy the outdoors this World Oceans Day month by exploring the shore or other natural areas near you. This could be a beach on the coast, a lake or pond inland, a wetland, a riverbank, or something else entirely! Many studies have shown links between nature connectedness and an individual’s happiness and mental well-being. So if you’re feeling stressed, try taking a walk through a park or along a nearby waterway or pond.
Alexandra Thomsen 01-Jun-2016
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Join the Wave for Change!

What is the Wave for Change? The Wave for Change is a simple social media campaign taking action for the ocean. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Make a promise to the ocean! Use reusable bags or stop using plastic straws! "Sign" your commitment by doing the wave and then share it with the world! #WaveForChange #WorldOceansDay
Samantha Mackiewicz 25-May-2016
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Keeping the Waves Clean: Event Ideas for Surfers

As a surfer you know how important a beautiful, clean, and healthy beach is for recreation, enjoyment, and our own health. The beach is a place where we enjoy the ocean frequently, but coastal ecosystems such as marshes and estuaries are often the most impacted by pollution and trash! World Oceans Day is an opportunity to think and learn about our impacts on the ocean and help clean up the coastal environments we love.
Lena Champlin 10-May-2016
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Seas the Day in May: Green Gardening

This May, green your garden the environmentally friendly way! If you are fortunate enough to have a garden or lawn to care for this spring, this post will help you water, manage weeds and pests, and keep your garden green without harming the ocean and other life. Even if you don’t have your own garden, these tips can also help you maintain an ocean-friendly plot in a community garden! Or, enjoy the May flowers with a few potted plants or a planter box.
Alexandra Thomsen 07-May-2016
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Young Ocean Leaders Wanted!

Sea Youth Rise Up is a new initiative for youth engagement on ocean conservation, facilitated by The Ocean Project in partnership with the World Oceans Day network, and led by Danni Washington of The Big Blue & You and Sean Russell of the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit. The main goal of this initiative, launching for World Oceans Day 2016, is to generate discussion and action among youth around the world about how the global community can work towards healing our blue planet, on World Oceans Day and throughout the year.
Samantha Mackiewicz 05-May-2016
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Ocean for Educators

This June, celebrate World Oceans Day by educating others about the importance of the ocean and providing them with ways to help with the solutions. Our world's shared ocean helps to provide food and oxygen, as well as takes up carbon dioxide emissions from our atmosphere. The ocean also offers many opportunities for recreation, from diving and sailing to surfing and nature exploration. Together we can work to improve the health of our ocean and the first step is spreading the word about the importance of the ocean and teaching others how to take action for ocean conservation in age-appropriate ways.
Abby Tripler 03-May-2016
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Protecting the Ocean with Your Faith-Based Organization

Looking for a way to connect your faith-based organization to your love for the environment? This post is for you! Faith-based organizations have been central actors in social justice movements throughout history. Organizing an event for World Oceans Day is a great way to bring your community’s passion to a critical issue of our time: environmental sustainability. This movement is about living more consciously to ensure that future generations can enjoy our planet’s natural resources and lead happy and healthy lives. World Oceans Day is a significant part of this push for sustainability because events organized by people of all ages and backgrounds help spread the word about the importance of the ocean in our everyday lives and the need to protect it.
Alexandra Thomsen 28-Apr-2016
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Join the Better Bag Challenge 2016

Last year's success with the Better Bag Challenge led to full deployment of this initiative for all partners worldwide. Its goal is to spread awareness and inspire action about reducing ocean plastic trash, specifically single-use plastic bags that take hundreds of years to decompose. Plastic in the ocean harms animals that are trapped and injured by it and also eat it. 80% of this ocean trash comes from the land rather than being directly deposited in the ocean. Many of us are already aware of this problem, but what can we do about it?
Lena Champlin 26-Apr-2016
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Earth Day: Celebrating Our Blue Planet

Every April 22, events are held worldwide to celebrate our planet and raise awareness about threats to environmental health, like climate change and pollution. Many of these efforts tend to have a terrestrial focus. While addressing terrestrial issues and taking action on land are crucial in working towards a sustainable future, don’t overlook the importance of the ocean and its interconnectedness with life on land!
Alexandra Thomsen 21-Apr-2016
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Setting Sail For Conservation

Trust us, we get it. The smell of the air, the ebb of the waves and the feel of the wind. Be you dilettante or professional, just starting or born into it, sailing can be a lifelong passion. But our oceans are in trouble, and they need us to speak for them. This year, join sailors around the world who are holding World Oceans Day events, working together to keep the ocean healthy for future generations. Not sure where to start? Activism is all about getting the word out. Host a regatta, a sailing festival, or even just a day out on the water with friends.
Cora Wiese Moore 19-Apr-2016
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Ideas for Resorts: Engaging Visitors on World Oceans Day

How can resorts help encourage healthier ocean stewardship? Engage your visitors on World Oceans Day with exciting events and fun activities. Ocean resorts have a chance to turn tourism into activism, empowering visitors by helping them to learn more about the challenges faced by the beautiful environments that surround them.
Samantha Mackiewicz 12-Apr-2016
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Seas the Day in April: Clean Green

Many cleaning and other household products contain chemicals that are harmful to both people and the environment. The chemicals from your shampoo, dishwasher and laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner, and other products all get washed into the water stream. Even when this water goes through wastewater treatment facilities, low levels of toxins ─ like bug spray and herbicides ─ can still reach the ocean and drinking water sources. Everyone’s small shifts away from harmful products can add up to keep toxic chemicals and pollution out of our drinking water and the ocean, where they can harm marine life.
Alexandra Thomsen 09-Apr-2016
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World Oceans Day Photo Contest 2016- send in your favorite photo!

Submissions are now being accepted for the third annual World Oceans Day Photo Contest! World Oceans Day serves as an opportunity to celebrate our oceans and raise awareness of the challenges our oceans face. The beauty of the ocean can be expressed through photography and inspire others to care for the ocean. Winning images will be recognized by the United Nations on June 8th. Your photograph could represent World Oceans Day 2016!
Bill Mott 02-Apr-2016
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New Materials from the Octonauts for 2016

The Octonauts will join us for World Oceans Day again this year with new resources including posters, activities, and other graphics. Please download the activity kit and incorporate these free materials into your World Oceans Day celebration!
Abby Tripler 31-Mar-2016
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Connecting to the Coast

Don’t live by a beach? Never been scuba diving or surfing? Don’t worry, everyone can play an important role in protecting the ocean– on World Oceans Day and every day! Whether we live on the coast or miles away from the sea, we are all connected to the ocean and can take action to positively impact ocean health.
Lena Champlin 29-Mar-2016
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How to Get Official Community Recognition for World Oceans Day

The United Nations began to officially recognize World Oceans Day as June 8th each year following a resolution passed in late 2008, and people around the world have been unofficially celebrating since the idea for World Oceans Day was introduced in 1992 at the Rio Summit ― but what about your own town, city, district, province, state, or nation? Getting official recognition on any of these levels is a great way to help spread the message to your entire community and encourage more widespread celebrations of the ocean and its importance in our everyday lives.
Alexandra Thomsen 28-Mar-2016
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Making Strides Against Microbeads

Microbeads are solid plastic pieces in personal care products like shampoos, facial cleansers, and toothpaste. Microbeads have significantly added to the global plastic pollution problem. Despite their small size, microbeads have a massive impact on marine environments, and studies show that there are huge numbers of microbeads in our oceans. Ocean animals eat the microbeads, and some plastics eaten by marine life, especially filter feeders, get passed on to humans when we consume seafood.
Samantha Mackiewicz 25-Mar-2016
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7 Ideas for Aquarium Celebrations

Looking for ideas to plan an amazing World Oceans Day event at your aquarium? Here are 7 great ways to celebrate based on actual events held at aquariums around the globe for World Oceans Day 2015.
Abby Tripler 22-Mar-2016
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Be a Blue Business

The focus of World Oceans Day is spreading the word about the importance of our oceans for our health, food, climate and enjoyment. No matter what country we live in our how far away from the coast we are, our actions impact the ocean and we have an opportunity to effect positive change for ocean conservation. Why not make an even bigger positive impact by working together with your coworkers?
Abby Tripler 16-Mar-2016
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Seas the Day in March: Green Your Commute

Our transportation choices have a huge impact on greenhouse gas emissions, like carbon dioxide and methane, which contribute to climate change and ocean acidification. Transportation is the fourth-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Seas the Day in March by incorporating alternative methods to get around every day and lowering your reliance on cars -- especially if you’re driving alone.
Alexandra Thomsen 08-Mar-2016
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Diving to Make a Difference

As you plan your event for 2016, use the following examples as inspiration for how you can help protect the health and beauty of the oceans this upcoming World Oceans Day, June 8th! Last year divers around the globe celebrated World Oceans Day, helping to clean our ocean and maintain healthier ocean ecosystems. Here we highlight just a few of the many great events held by divers last summer.
Lena Champlin 01-Mar-2016
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Coding for Fish

In 2014, the U.S. Department of State, under Secretary of State John Kerry, hosted the first annual Fishackathon (“fish-hack-a-thon”), a coding competition aimed at tackling issues in sustainable fishing, in five cities across the United States. The competition is organized as a public-private partnership, capitalizing on the expansion of mobile technology use in the developing world in order to address sustainable fishery challenges.
Cora Wiese Moore 24-Feb-2016
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Seas the Day in February: Make Connections in your Community

Seas the Day in February by exploring the many ways your community is linked to the ocean. Connecting with your community, experiencing nature, and doing volunteer work to benefit the environment are all things that can make you happier and the planet healthier. Remember, even if you live inland, we are all connected to the ocean. All waterways flow to the ocean, so protecting your local river or watershed will help the ocean down the line!
Alexandra Thomsen 16-Feb-2016
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Seas the Day in January: Resolutions for the Ocean

Your list of New Year’s resolutions may have included improving your personal health with exercise or eating better but what about resolving to improve ocean health? The health of the ocean has a direct impact on us, effecting everything from air quality to seafood. This year let’s make a goal to work together to help the ocean.
Abby Tripler 12-Jan-2016
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Seas the Day in December: Give Back to the Ocean

This month let’s celebrate the oceans by giving back. Here’s a short list of causes you can help support, with some ideas for fundraising which could help them have an even greater impact. Continue the love and raise some money for an ocean conservation effort for World Oceans Day!
Abby Tripler 10-Dec-2015
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Seas the Day in November: Get less trashy with the 4 Rs

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink: The first step to being environmentally conscious is rethinking your everyday actions. It’s best to rethink every purchase, reuse what we have, reduce what we buy, and recycle as much as we can. Before you buy that plastic water bottle or use a plastic bag at the grocery store, rethink and go green for the ocean.
Abby Tripler 16-Nov-2015
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Seas the Day in October: Save energy, save the ocean

Did you know October in the US is National Energy Action Month? Though it may seem far off, thinking about your World Oceans Day celebration now will allow plenty of time to brainstorm creative event ideas. Why not tie in a message about energy conservation?
Abby Tripler 16-Oct-2015
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Protecting valuable natural resources in the South Pacific

On World Oceans Day, we celebrate and call for conservation of marine biodiversity. The 1,000 or so islands that make up the Solomons are on the edge of the Coral Triangle, home to one of the highest diversity of marine life anywhere. The ocean is a crucial source of food and income for people living in Solomon Islands where poverty and food insecurity are critical problems.
Alyssa Isakower 04-Sep-2015
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Danger, beauty, and change: the ocean's story on film

You already know the ocean is in desperate need of protection - now share the ocean's story with someone else for World Oceans Day. Revolution is a feature documentary about opening your eyes, changing the world and fighting for something. A true life adventure following director Rob Stewart in the follow up to his hit Sharkwater, Revolution is an epic adventure into the evolution of life on earth and the revolution to save us.
Alyssa Isakower 29-May-2015
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TRASH TALK: what IS the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

What is marine debris, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

NOAA Ocean Today's TRASH TALK is a special feature that introduces marine debris in an engaging, age-appropriate way. We invite everyone focusing on ocean plastic pollution to use this great, free video in your World Oceans Day celebrations.

Alyssa Isakower 25-May-2015
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Fishackathon 2015: casting a net for high tech solutions

What do the cities of Boston, Massachusetts, Vancouver, Canada, and Durban, South Africa have in common? They are all coastal cities, with much of their economic and tourist activity stemming from their location near the ocean. And they are not alone—more than half of both the U.S. and world populations live within 50 miles of a coast.
Alyssa Isakower 14-May-2015
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How to plan a wonderful company volunteer day

World Oceans Day is a great opportunity to get your employees out in the community doing something to keep it healthy. Here are some ideas for how to organize a World Oceans Day celebration at your company.
Lena Champlin 21-Apr-2015
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7 simple ways to share your unique perspective as a diver

As a diver you’re in a unique position. More than anyone else, you experience the beauty of the world underwater as well as above ground. For World Oceans Day we encourage you to share your perspective as a diver who is invested in a healthy ocean – with other divers and your land-based community!
Lena Champlin 09-Apr-2015
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Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner!

You love your salty dog. But is Rover ocean-friendly? Remember, furry-family members have an environmental impact too! Check out these 4 sustainable pet practices to ensure you’re making ocean-friendlier choices when it comes to your critters.

Sirena Turner 30-Mar-2015
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7 ways to connect kids everywhere to the ocean

When groups of kids get together outside of school, it’s a unique opportunity to help them learn and grow. Kids getting excited about nature sets them on the path towards becoming awesome, ocean-protecting adults. The first step towards protecting nature is developing a positive relationship with it, and doing some simple things to help it out. Plus, it’s just fun.
Lena Champlin and Alyssa Isakower 26-Mar-2015
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New year's Resolution: Disposable Plastics

Today, billions of plastic bags and bottles are used every year in the U.S. alone. What happens to all of this trash? 50% is buried in landfills, 5% is recycled, some is used to produce durable plastic goods and the rest remains “unaccounted for,” which is akin to saying, “lost in the environment” from where it eventually gets washed into the oceans.
Alyssa Isakower 23-Jan-2015
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Ocean Myths Debunked

To lots of people, the ocean is huge and mysterious. There’s a lot of rumors circulating – do you believe everything you’ve heard about the ocean? Stem the tide of misinformation with these myth busters.
Alexandra Uribe 15-Dec-2014
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Can I really save the ocean from inland?

Do you feel passionate about oceans and nature, but never quite know how to make a difference in their conservation efforts? Do you live inland and don’t think your actions could affect the coast and the oceans? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, read on for just a few ways you can help save the oceans even if you live far away from the coast.
Alexandra Uribe 09-Dec-2014
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Reaching the Ocean: A guide for Inland Teachers

As humans, we are all connected to the ocean through what it provides for us. But your students may not realize that their backyards are connected physically to the ocean through our waterways and watersheds! As an inland teacher, you face a greater challenge in connecting your students to the ocean – but teaching them about your local watershed is a great way to start.
Alyssa Isakower 20-Nov-2014
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2015 – 2016 theme: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet

The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces oxygen, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more! In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us.
Alyssa Isakower 03-Nov-2014
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Divers can promote green energy for a blue ocean

Divers need clean, green energy to keep their blue ocean safe. Why does the energy you use matter? The short answer is: burning fossil fuels pollutes. The global climate is changing, and rising ocean temperatures cause many negative effects to the ocean. The ocean is becoming more acidic, its circulation patterns are changing, and the sea level is rising. This is hurting places that divers love. But, we can make a huge difference by ditching fossil fuels, and supporting clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar.
Alyssa Isakower 28-Oct-2014
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Event Idea: Festivals!

World Oceans Day is about bringing people together to celebrate and improve communities. A great way way to get the whole community involved is throwing an ocean themed festival! A festival can be a big bash on its own, or a twist on an existing event.Read on for some examples and tips for organizing your own festival for this June.
Alyssa Isakower 22-Oct-2014
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Six Quick Tips: Clean Up Ideas for World Oceans Day

Cleanups are a great way to bring people together and enact actual change for the local environment. But what can you do with a beach clean up to make it unique? Well for starters you don’t have to clean up a beach! Here are 6 quick ideas for holding a cleanup on World Oceans Day – or anytime you want to do something for your community.
Caty Fairclough 15-Oct-2014
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Education Outreach and World Oceans Day

Young people will one day run the world, making important decisions about the environment they live in. But will they care enough to protect the ocean? Teaching about ocean issues and hosting a World Oceans Day event at your school can help shape their future selves, and there are great benefits now as well!
Caty Fairclough 02-Oct-2014
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An Invitation to Dive Shops for World Oceans Day

For years, divers have celebrated World Oceans Day around June 8th. Divers are in a unique position to bridge the gap between land and the ocean. Since divers have direct access to the mysterious underwater world, they are vital ambassadors to a public that otherwise doesn’t get to see the beauty of the ocean – or the threats that it faces.
Caty Fairclough 25-Sep-2014
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How 10 Different Schools Celebrated World Oceans Day

The ocean links us all. It doesn’t matter where we live, if we’re old or young, even if we live near a coast. That’s why many schools worldwide worked together to change the world by celebrating World Oceans Day this June. Here are how 10 different schools from around the globe celebrated – with some ideas to start you brainstorming for next year’s celebration!
Caty Fairclough 04-Sep-2014
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Leading restaurants help protect our oceans

To celebrate World Oceans Day, Sunday 8th June 2014, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is teaming up with leading restaurants to raise awareness and essential funds to protect vulnerable marine species and habitats, combat illegal ‘pirate’ fishing and promote sustainable fisheries globally.
Alyssa Isakower 06-Jun-2014
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Support Clean Energy for ocean health!

Ocean acidification is one of the greatest threats to the ocean, and, ultimately to humankind. Since the Industrial Revolution, ocean acidity has increased by 30%. The culprit? Carbon dioxide pollution – from burning of fossil fuels. This leads to potentially very dangerous outcomes, such as weakening of coral reefs and the collapse of the base of the ocean food chain: plankton, upon which fish, dolphins, whales – and humans – all depend.
Anna Fend 14-May-2014
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