Starting in 2009, World Oceans Day has also been officially recognized by the United Nations. This celebration of our ocean brings together organizations and individuals from schools, universities, aquariums, zoos, businesses, and others, including divers, surfers, sailors, communities of faith, governments, the maritime, recreational and tourism industries.
For 2019, the theme is Together We Can, focusing on what we can all do together to create a healthy ocean and better future.
Our seas are currently under threat from pollution, overfishing and a lack of protection.
Here are some simple actions which you can take to make a difference:
- Remember that many products are un-flushable. These include wet-wipes, sanitary towels, and cotton buds. Un-flushable products contain plastic, meaning that they don’t disintegrate like toilet paper, and end up littering beaches and in the ocean where they can harm ocean creatures.
- Reduce your plastic consumption or move towards re-usable plastic products
- Recycle properly
- Eat sustainable seafood
- Leave nothing behind: clean up after yourself when you visit the beach
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