By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
Get out your blue duds and put on your educator’s hat next Monday to participate in the first ever World Oceans Day on June 8.
Organizers are asking everyone who shares concerns about the decline of the oceans – which are being taxed from overfishing and industrial and agricultural pollutants as well as by climate change –to “Wear Blue and Tell Two” on that day.
Campaign organizers suggest, for instance, that people could choose healthy and sustainable seafood to eat or farmed fish, thereby lessening pressures on wild fisheries. People could also calculate and reduce their carbon footprint, lowering the pollution they contribute by walking or biking to work, shutting off lights and using fans instead of A/C this summer.
Museums, zoos and aquariums around the world also will be participating, spreading awareness about the need to safeguard our planet’s imperiled marine world. People wanting to find an event or learn about ways to help promote ocean health can visit The Ocean Project’s “Seas the Day” website.
World Oceans Day, launched by a collaboration of The Ocean Project, the National Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, is designed to raise attention for saving our oceans. These groups are worried that public awareness about the Earth’s saline waters remains low and that surveys show the public does not recognize the connections between their actions, climate change and the health of the oceans.
Still, when surveyed Americans say they support protecting the ocean environment and believe they can take positive steps to help.
A study commissioned by the collaborators, America, the Ocean and Climate Change, shows that Americans possess more knowledge about casino gambling and video games than they do about the ocean.
“The good news is that once informed about the problems, we also see in the survey results confirmation that we are a ‘can do’ country, with people wanting to help, wanting to be part of the solution, and aquariums, zoos, and museums are in an excellent position to help everyone to do just that,” said Bill Mott, director of the Ocean Project in a news release.
The survey also found that young people ages 12-17 cared more about the ocean and knew more about ocean issues. It also found greater concern in American households where English is not the primary language.
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