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Listen Up, Here’s How To Celebrate World Oceans Day From Home

By Morgan Reardon
8th Jun 2020

a turtle swims near a cluster of coral under the sea. The sun shines through from above.

There’s no denying it, 2020 has been one rollercoaster of a year. With the bush fires, COVID-19 and long overdue international outrage over the treatment of BIPOC—emotions are running high, and rightly so.

So, although you might be feeling emotionally exhausted right now, we’re going to ask you to dig deep because today is World Oceans Day, and your help isn’t just needed, it’s essential.

Why? Because eight million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every single year! Our marine life is swallowing more plastic than ever—and it’s killing them.

For 2020, World Oceans Day is growing the global movement to call on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. This critical need is called 30x30. By safeguarding at least 30% of our ocean through a network of highly protected areas, we can help ensure a healthy home for all.

So, how can you help? Simple—speak up and show up. Start by signing this 30x30 petition, and for some action closer to home, check out this list of World Oceans Day events happening around Australia.

Scope out the awesome online resources from the Australian Marine Conservation Society—there’s live streams from explorer Tim Jarvis who is helping to protect Australia’s Antarctic legacy, a Tweet party and heaps of info on how to help save our reefs.

And of course, it goes without saying that if you’re within driving distance of the beach (state restrictions permitted) gather a group of mates and head to the seaside to pick up as much rubbish as you can.

Can’t make it to the beach? You can get digital with your support, by using hashtags of #WorldOceansDay and #ProtectOurHome on your Insta posts.

And don’t forget to share all of this info with your family and friends because education = power. If you like swimming in the ocean (who doesn’t?) then this your chance to make sure it’s still there in the future.

While you're at it, here's how to make your bathroom more eco-friendly with these sustainable products.

Image Credit: Jeremy Bishop/Pexels

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