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 people of colour—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 New Zealand.
Scope out the awesome online resources from Greenpeace, WWF, Forest & Bird, Sea Shepherd and Sustainable Oceans Society to find how how you can help from a grass roots level. Head over to Kelly Tarlton's Facebook page to find out how they're caring for rescued turtles and returning them to the wild.
And of course, it goes without saying that you should 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