How You Can Protect Our World’s Oceans | World Oceans Day 2020

Today is World Oceans Day, an annual, global event celebrating the role of our world’s oceans in everyday life. Its aim is to spread awareness on how we can protect our world’s oceans, restore them, and learn to use marine resources sustainably. And a chance to show the world why our seas are so important.

World Oceans Day logo

Why should you help protect our world’s oceans?

According to World Oceans Day’s website, healthy oceans are critical to a healthy planet and to healthy people. Because our oceans do so much more for us than we realise, from producing oxygen for us to breathe, regulating our climate, cleaning the water we drink, giving us recreational experiences, and more.

So then why are we taking so much out of our oceans (like marine or plant life) and putting so much litter back in? It’s estimated that between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons of plastic enter the ocean, every year. But plastic isn’t the only litter that winds up in the ocean. We also see garbage from landfills or rubbish bins, clothing microfibers, cigarette butts, wet wipes, and one that’s been talked about a lot in recent years, plastic straws.

Protect our world's oceanss by reducing plastic waste

Photo by Brian Yurasits on Unsplash

All this litter in our oceans is so damaging to fish and other marine life. They can mistake the plastic for food – which, as I explained on World Penguin Day – can kill them, or get caught up or tangled in it. But it’s not simply plastic pollution that is hurting our world’s oceans. They are also at threat from pollution, overfishing, invasive species, and rising ocean acidity due to our extensive use of fossil fuels.

So whether your interest is to protect marine wildlife, reduce the impact of overfishing or to clean up beach litter – June 8th is your chance to spread awareness, help prevent this from happening, and learn about how we can protect our world’s oceans.

So, now you know why our oceans are important, how can we protect them?

Shopping sustainably

One of the best ways to protect marine life is shopping sustainably, by avoiding products whose chemicals or packaging can make its way into the ocean. Which harms marine life. Some ideas to consider are purchasing reusable products (to prevent plastic waste), second-hand clothing (to reduce fossil fuels), and ocean-friendly suncream (to protect coral reefs).

Saying ‘no’ to single-use plastic

Reduce single-use plastics as much as you can, or consider going entirely plastic-free. Some swaps to consider are reusable shopping bags, reusable water bottles, solid soap or shampoo bars, and safety razors. It is also important to make sure you recycle and dispose of your household waste properly, to prevent it from ending up on a landfill site.

Reducing your carbon footprint

There are many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint at home, including turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use, purchasing energy-efficient products, having shorter showers, and by using public transport, walking or cycling when you can.

Eating less seafood

The best way to combat overfishing is by not eating seafood; however, if you really would miss it, try making more sustainable choices by checking the Seafood Watch Lists, to ensure the seafood you eat is caught or raised sustainably.

Picking up litter

One of the best ways we can keep plastic out of our oceans is by participating in a litter pickup. You may find that there are already litter pickups, or beach clean-ups, held in your local area, but, if not, try holding one yourself.

Either head out in your neighbourhood or to your local beach – with a bag and a pair of gloves – and help stop litter entering our oceans. Even if there isn’t a beach near you, rivers, lakes, wetlands, or underwater areas should also be kept clean. As the litter will likely make it’s way back to our oceans eventually.

Protect our world's oceans by holding a beach clean up

Donating towards marine conservation

There are a number of charities and wildlife organisations dedicated to marine conservation. Including World Oceans Day itself, which of course you can donate to. But perhaps there’s specific marine conservation that interests you? There are many organisations that focus on specific areas, from marine wildlife to pollution, here are a few to consider:-

  • Marine Conservation Society – the UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife.
  • Oceana – One of the biggest names in ocean preservation, promoting sustainable fishing practices, tackling pollution, educational work, and launching wildlife expeditions to document marine ecosystems.
  • The Ocean Conservancy – focuses on wildlife health, removing plastic pollution, and other key issues.
  • Plastic Oceans UK – Aims to stop plastic reaching the oceans within a generation.
  • The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – Protects the world’s animals, conserves endangered species all over the planet, restoring endangered coastal ecosystems, reducing plastic pollution, and advocating against overfishing.
  • Sea Sheperd – Whose primary mission is to end the destruction of habitats and illegal killing of wildlife around the UK’s coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect marine ecosystems and species.

Fundraising

If you’re unable to donate at the moment you could consider fundraising for one of the organisations I’ve listed above. Fundraising can be a great way to give back and research has shown that volunteering also has a positive impact on mental health.

Here are a few fundraising ideas to get you started.

  • Have a blue themed dress down day in the office or your local school, for a small donation. Why blue? Because our oceans are commonly known as the ‘big blue’.
  • Bake something blue (like blueberry muffins) and sell them to your colleagues or neighbours, or host a coffee morning. Ask for donations.
  • Hold an ocean-themed quiz, or even one for the popular Pixar movies ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Finding Dory’. Which would be ideal for children.
  • Host a marine creature costume competition, for a small donation/entrance fee.
  • Hold a raffle.
What other ideas can you think of? Please share them in the comments.

Watch a documentary about our world’s oceans

Learn more about our world’s oceans and the dangers surrounding them by watching a nature documentary. Some of my favourites include Blue Planet, Planet Earth: Ocean Deep, and Frozen Planet – many of which are on Netflix

Finally, spread the word on social media

The World Oceans Day’s website has kindly created a set of social media graphics to help you spread the world, including cover photos and social media tiles and more. You can also follow @WorldOceansDay on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and use the hashtag #WorldOceansDay to get involved.

What will you do to help protect our world’s oceans?


The Blog Brew Collaboration logo

The Blog Brew is a collaboration between myself and 9 other lovely bloggers. Each month we will write a post relating to the Blog Brew Collab on our own blogs. You can stay updated here and learn all about our blogs.

This month our theme is ‘awareness’. And we’ve each chosen a daily, weekly, or even monthly event happening in June to share with you.

Here’s our schedule for the month:-

23 Comments

  1. Tess

    July 11, 2020 at 20:31

    Hello! I have nominated your blog for the Sunshine Blogger Award, a blogger to blogger acknowledgment of positive blogs. You get to answer 11 questions and then nominate 11 other bloggers as well! 🙂

    1. Kim

      July 18, 2020 at 19:31

      Thank you lovely! 😊

  2. ritu thakre

    June 26, 2020 at 17:10

    Nice one!
    Thanks for your important post.

  3. Anha

    June 18, 2020 at 15:09

    Hello you ! Thanks for your important post ! We can save the planet, thanks for all.

    xoxo

    A.

  4. Jessica Mills

    June 14, 2020 at 15:24

    I really enjoyed this post, informative and all SO IMPORTANT! I’ve always loved the ocean, and to know that there is so much more to do to save this beautiful part of nature keeps me going, we have to keep going! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Beth

    June 10, 2020 at 20:23

    Very informative and helpful to people with all the ways you suggested that we can help! You can tell you worked hard on it and did your research well. Happy collab! – Beth x

  6. Rhiannon

    June 10, 2020 at 15:12

    Amazing post Kim with so much information!! I plan on having both my chidren read this to understand even more how important it is to look after our world. Thanks for so much info!!!

  7. Haley Scully

    June 9, 2020 at 22:21

    Fantastic post! This was a great topic to read about, as protecting our oceans is so so important. The tips you mention here are wonderful and are fairly easy to implement, too. I’m definitely going to try doing a few of these things myself! Thank you so much for sharing this and helping to spread awareness of why our oceans need to be protected! 😄🌊

    1. Kim

      June 10, 2020 at 12:07

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the post! 😊 I’ve been implementing these things too, slowly but surely.

      1. Haley Scully

        June 11, 2020 at 16:08

        You’re very very welcome! I really did! It was fascinating and informative. I’m hoping to take more steps to limit my carbon footprint, too. Thanks again for sharing! 😀🎶

  8. Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

    June 9, 2020 at 11:07

    Thanks for sharing, there are some great tips in there, I’m trying to use less single-use plastic, as I did a plastic promise with the Girl Guides last year 🙂
    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    1. Kim

      June 10, 2020 at 12:06

      You’re welcome. What did you give up with your plastic promise?

  9. bournemouthgirl

    June 8, 2020 at 21:12

    Kim these are such great tips and useful information about taking care of our oceans. I do my best to be as sustainable as I can! The lockdown definitely helped with the pollution etc. Thank you for sharing these tips! Xx

    1. Karalee Shotola

      June 10, 2020 at 05:58

      It’s sad how much trash ends up in the ocean, but I’ve been trying to do my part by reducing my single plastic use & buying secondhand. I also don’t eat seafood, but I didn’t know there was a such thing as ocean safe sunscreen so I’ll have to see if mine is!

      1. bournemouthgirl

        June 10, 2020 at 08:51

        Oh is there, I will have to look into that too!

        1. Kim

          June 10, 2020 at 10:52

          There is indeed – here’s a link with some different ones: https://www.snorkelsandfins.com/reef-safe-sunscreen-brands/

      2. Kim

        June 10, 2020 at 12:05

        I didn’t realise there was until recently. Now I’m torn by using up what I have or replacing it ASAP – I’m more than likely going to use what I have first. This link has some good information to consider: https://www.snorkelsandfins.com/reef-safe-sunscreen-brands/ it outlines some safe brands and chemicals to watch out for. I’ve now added it to the post as well. Thank you for your comment. 😊

    2. Kim

      June 10, 2020 at 12:08

      Thanks for your comment lovely. I think the lockdown has certainly helped. In fact, I read an article how the water in Venice is clear for the first time in many many years. x

      1. bournemouthgirl

        June 10, 2020 at 18:33

        It’s amazing the difference it made!

  10. Jenny in Neverland

    June 8, 2020 at 18:18

    Fab post, Kim! So informative. Doing our bit to protect the oceans is so important. I’m shopping sustainably now and not purchasing from fast fashion. I’ll be making a note of those charities to donate to as well!

    1. Kim

      June 10, 2020 at 12:09

      Thanks Jenny! 😊 Fast fashion is so bad for our environment but if we all do our little bit, it will definitely have a positive impact. x

  11. Kelly Diane

    June 8, 2020 at 17:35

    This is such a great informative post Kim. I feel like oceans are often forgotten about by people because they can’t see the damage they are causing. If pollution caused the sky to turn black, people would soon change their ways but because it doesn’t affect their daily lives, people don’t think about it as much. It’s so important that we all do our bit to help save these wonderful natural environments.

    1. Kim

      June 10, 2020 at 12:11

      Thanks Kelly, and I completely agree with you. But just because they can’t see it, doesn’t mean it is happening. Sad but true. If the plastic pollution we’re inadvertly eating made some people sick, maybe they would take more notice. Thanks for your comment lovely. x

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