Celebrating the Big Blue

World Ocean Day is a day to remind everyone of the major impact and role that the ocean has in everyday life! To simplify its importance, “our ocean is said to be Earth’s life support, with 97% of the world’s water held by the ocean. We rely on it to regulate our climate, absorb CO2 and it is the number one source for protein for over a billion people.”

The purpose celebrating today, is to inform and remind everyone of the impact that our personal actions have on the ocean, and to unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of oceans. The ocean is a major source of food and medicine, which we don’t always consider, and is a critical part of the larger biosphere.

This year, World Oceans day is a global movement to call on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. By safeguarding at least 30% of our oceans through a network of highly protected areas, we can help ensure a healthy home for us all!

Today we celebrate the beauty, the wealth, the promise and the generosity of the ocean.

Here are a few easy ways to support and make a change:

  1. Clean up your local beaches whenever you can
    1. Get your children, friends, and family involved and make a day of it!
  2. Skip the seafood – give the ocean a break today by avoiding seafood
    1. There are so many new and delicious plant-based recipes out there today that if you gave them half a chance, you wouldn’t even realize you missing a ‘meaty’ element. Meat-free Mondays is a good start to implement within your family.
  3. Avoid single-use plastics – plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to our ocean’s health worldwide.
  4. Reduce, reuse and recycle
  5. Appreciate the ocean! Take a deep breath and appreciate your connection to the ocean and all that the ocean does for humankind!

Some statistics from Condor Ferries to keep you updated on just how important our efforts are:

  • By 2020 the number of plastics in the sea will be higher than the number of fish.
  • More than 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from plastic pollution every year. 100% of baby sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs.
  • There is now 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces of plastic in our ocean & 46,000 pieces in every square mile of ocean, weighing up to 269,000 tonnes.
  • Every day around 8 million pieces of plastic makes their way into our oceans.
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is around 1.6 million square kilometers – bigger than Texas.
  • The world produces 381 million tonnes in plastic waste yearly – this is set to double by 2034. 50% of this is single-use plastic & only 9% has ever been recycled.
  • 1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption contains plastic. Plastic microbeads are estimated to be one million times more toxic than the seawater around it.
  • Products containing microbeads can release 100,000 tiny beads with just one squeeze.

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