June is officially upon us—and that means it's National Oceans Month! This month—particularly World Ocean's Day on June 8th—is the perfect time to bring awareness to the conservation of the ocean, the threats it faces and how individuals can help.
The ocean is vast—it makes up more than 70 percent of our planet—but simple actions taken by individuals can make a significant impact:
- Reduce your use of plastics! Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean. Fish often mistake this plastic for food, which can harm the fish when they try to eat it. By using reusable plastic items or other alternatives to single-use plastic, you can help cut down on the amount of plastic in the ocean!
- Use eco-friendly cosmetics! When you're choosing makeup, skin care, hair care and other cosmetic products, opt for eco-friendly companies. Many companies sell their cosmetics using recyclable and other eco-friendly materials.
- Participate in a cleanup! Local communities—including those in Baltimore—have conservation events or clean-ups that you can get involved with! Restoring local habitats for wildlife, cleaning pollution from the ocean and conducting citizen science are all fun ways you can work with your community to help the ocean. If you live in or near Baltimore, you can get involved with our conservation events!
- Join the March for the Ocean! With World Oceans Day fast approaching, so is the March for the Ocean! This march promotes restoration and protection of the ocean. March for the Ocean takes place on June 9th, the day after World Oceans Day, in Washington, D.C., and other cities throughout the country.
Learn more about our commitment to changing the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.