World Oceans Day is celebrated on June 8 every year to create awareness of oceans in our environment. It highlights the need to protect oceans from further deterioration. Plastic is one of the major contributors to ocean pollution.

Here are five things you can do today to help save our oceans:

Use Re-Usable Bags:

The oceans face a massive and growing threat from plastics. Over a hundred thousand aquatic life are killed by plastic bags every year. Most of this plastic waste comes from improper trash disposal, as plastic finds its way through rivers and streams down to the sea.

The theme for World Oceans Day 2021 is “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods which highlights the life and livelihood sustained in the ocean. You can help to reduce the amount of plastic by recycling, properly disposing of your trash, and avoiding single-use plastics.

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Reduce your carbon footprint:

Carbon dioxide, a known greenhouse gas, is making our oceans more acidic. Reducing our carbon footprint and switching to sustainable modes of living can save the plants from dying due to hotter climates.

By making small changes to your lifestyle, you can make a big difference in the amount of carbon your family releases into the atmosphere.

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Make sustainable seafood choices:

Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices.  When you eat seafood, make sure the seafood you choose is sustainable and healthy for you and the oceans. One of the biggest threats to ocean health is overfishing.

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Help Take Care of the Beach:

Whether you enjoy diving, surfing, or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. You can start a clean-up drive with your community and clean up the beach.

Encourage people around you to respect the marine environment or participating in local beach cleanups.

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Support organizations working to protect the ocean:

Many institutes and organizations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. Find a national organization and consider giving financial support or volunteering for hands-on work or advocacy.

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Educate yourself about oceans and marine life:

All life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you’ll want to help ensure its health—then share that knowledge to educate and inspire others.