Nature

World Ocean Day

Did you know that the ocean covers nearly three-quarters of the Earth?

What we think of as the ocean is actually five different oceans: the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern. But they make up one big body of water. If you put your finger on a globe or map of the world, you could make it “swim” through all five oceans without ever lifting it.

Here are 5 things you can do to help protect the ocean and all of the amazing plants and animals that depend on it for survival.

  • Avoid single-use plastics and use reusable items.

    Carry reusable bags, containers and utensils like straws with you. Plastic bags are especially dangerous for marine animals because they look like food–such as jelly fish.

  • Dispose of garbage, chemicals, and medicines properly!

    Garbage and left over chemicals and medicines can end up in the oceans and harm plants and animals.

  • Tie trash bags tightly!

    To avoid any leakage and ensure safety for your family and sanitation workers, always tie up your trash bags tightly!

  • Pick up trash!

    This will help keep all types of habitats free from litter and pollution. Even if you live far from the ocean, cleaning up litter that can into local streams and rivers prevents it from reaching the ocean.

  • Spread the word!

    Tell your friends and family how important it is to protect our oceans and remind them to avoid single-use plastics.

Congratulations! When we help keep the oceans clean for wildlife, we keep them clean for people, too!

Check out 50 more things you can do to help wildlife.