Below the Surface

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!

Photo: Downderry & Seaton OCEAN DAY

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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