Connect to the Coast

Don’t live by a beach? Never been sailing 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.

Celebrate World Oceans Day 2018 no matter where you live!

Host an aquatic cleanup

You don’t have to live directly on the ocean to host a cleanup event. Clean up your local river or lake instead! In Nebraska, DiVentures and the Landlocked Scuba Club organized an underwater and shore cleanup on their local lake. Download the Aquatic Cleanup Guide for a step by step guide to organizing your own cleanup. 

Organize a workshop

Get your local community involved and bring them closer to the marine life that might seem so far away with a series of workshops. The Colorado Ocean Coalition organized an Ocean Rangers Training Program in honor of World Oceans Day. The volunteer training program taught individuals about sustainable seafood, plastic pollution and more. After the training, volunteers were equipped to take positive action and educate others including students, legislative leaders, and residents of Colorado about land to sea stewardship. Hands-on workshops like these are a great way for the public, and especially youth, to better understand their connection to the sea no matter where they live. 


Bring the ocean to the big screen

Can’t see the ocean in person? Bring the ocean to you and your community by hosting a film screening. Take a look at some suggested filmsPlastic Oceans Canada Quebec Chapter hosted the first public Quebec screening of A Plastic Ocean. Along with the film screening, there was a panel discussion, where local experts talked about plastic pollution in a Montreal context and offered some ideas and advice to make immediate changes in the city.


Visit your local aquarium or zoo

Zoos and aquariums are a great place for the public to learn more about marine life. Many landlocked zoos and aquariums celebrate World Oceans Day and help their visitors discover their connection to the sea. Last year, the Albuquerque Biological Park held a World Oceans Week where visitors enjoyed discovery stations, ocean-themed videos and more. The Aquarium of Boise celebrated by exploring the stream to sea connection. Visitors learned about freshwater species, like steelhead salmon, that are born in the river and migrate to the sea. Finally, Zoo Basel in Switzerland joined in on the celebrations with a special interactive program about plankton.

Cook Sustainable Seafood 

Are you a seafood lover even though you live miles away from the ocean? This World Oceans Day, make sure your seafood choices are as ocean friendly as possible no matter where you are. The Museo A Come Ambiente in Italy served sustainable seafood and handed out sustainable seafood pocket guides at the museum on World Oceans Day 2017. Can’t find a class near you? Make sustainable seafood at home and download the Seafood Watch app for recommendations, resources and more! 

Don’t forget to submit your event to the World Oceans Day event map!

Samantha Mackiewicz 26-Apr-2018