It’s World Oceans Day. What’s your favourite sea creature?
Perhaps it’s the beautiful turtle? Then again who doesn’t love to see a pod of dolphins frolicking in the waves, or whales seemingly loafing around on the ocean surface? I have a friend who loves octopuses. When we used to dive together she would let out a huge squeal under the water whenever she saw one. Mine is pelagic birds, particularly the magnificent Albatross with its massive 2m wingspan. Crabs are cute!
No matter which creature is your favourite, they’re all in big trouble. Change that, they’re in colossal trouble!
Why World Ocean Day?
The theme this year for World Oceans Day is “Preventing plastic pollution and encourage solutions for healthy oceans”.
It’s celebrated to remind everyone of how important our oceans are – they ’re the lungs of the planet. The impact plastic has had on the ocean and all our favourite creatures who live in it is devastating. Our planet’s lungs are diseased and under stress.
Maybe like me, you have thought “What can little me do to help with such an enormous worldwide problem?”
Dr Seuss provides the answer :
“Unless someone like you cares whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Yip, the solution starts with you and me, as little and as insignificant as we are.
I’m not going to go into the facts, we’re all aware of them. Social media is full of pictures and reports of turtles, birds and fish dying slow painful deaths, tons of plastic floating on the surface of the water never mind what has sunk onto the ocean floor.
What can we do?
Guess we need to change our habits.
This is what I’m trying to do
Refuse to drink from a straw, even if it’s not practical.
Avoid takeaway coffee cups.
Take a packet and pick up litter while on the beach or walking along a river.
Avoid buying items wrapped in plastic. I’m still trying to fathom out why bananas and red peppers come in plastic bags!!
What changes have you made in support of our oceans? Please comment below, I love reading them.