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.
Head for the shore
Whether it’s summertime, the rainy season, or a winter wonderland in your part of the world, consider making a trip out to the shore, if you’re close enough! For those in the wintery Northern Hemisphere, going to the beach without beach weather can give you a chance to reflect and enjoy the setting without the crowds and chaos. If you’re too far from the coast to explore the shore, check out a nearby zoo, aquarium, or natural history museum. There’s always more to learn about the ocean and the life within it (even scientists don’t know all there is to know about the ocean – about 95% of the ocean is still unexplored!). Remember why you appreciate the ocean – whether it’s for a favorite finned or flippered creature, recreational opportunities, food provision, climate regulation, or something else!
Immerse yourself in a book
Read an ocean-related book to discover new appreciation for the oceans and the people who live and work on them. These lists – here and here – are sure to have a book for all readers out there! To spread the ocean appreciation this month, recommend your favorite ocean books (and movies) to your friends and family.
Brainstorm for World Oceans Day!
Think about what has made you passionate about the oceans or interested in conservation, and use that to inspire a World Oceans Day activity. Do you love the oceans because you love seafood, and you’ve learned to cook sustainably? Host a sustainable seafood demo or competition, or distribute sustainable seafood recipe cards! Are you a beach-lover committed to picking up litter? Organize a coastal cleanup! See more activity ideas here.
Seas the Day! Please use this information as you wish to spread the ocean conservation message. Each month, we feature a new conservation theme with ways to help so come back regularly for more ocean-helping ideas and tips!