World Oceans Day is June 8, but the ABQ BioPark Aquarium is extending the celebration over a few days.
“World Oceans Day started not very long ago to get people more aware of our oceans and all the problems connected with it,” said Pamela Dupzyk, education coordinator for the ABQ BioPark Aquarium and Botanic Garden. “So we show movies in the theater about the oceans and a lot of the problems in the oceans like overfishing and plastics. We have a docent station talking about what the cause is for that year, and as well as other things you can do to help protect the ocean.”
This year’s World Oceans Day theme is preventing plastic pollution.
“One of the things that we will be doing is handing out information and asking people to take the plastic challenge to decrease the amount of plastic you use for a week and show you how you can decrease it in one week,” Dupzyk said. “One big way is for us to say no to straws in restaurants or wherever. Don’t use a straw because right now plastic straws are a huge problem and are going into the ocean. It has a huge environmental impact. There are 500 million plastic straws used every day. That is so many (straws).”
Attendees also will learn other easy but significant ways to make a difference, including limiting the use of and recycling plastic bottles and using reuseable bags or paper bags instead of plastic bags.