At Coastal Living, we savor the ocean’s stunning views on a daily basis. But, aside from being a source of happiness and endless inspiration, the ocean also generates the oxygen we breathe, helps feed us, regulates our climate, and helps clean our drinking water. On June 8, people around the planet will celebrate and honor the ocean and all that it provides us. Here are five ways you can show your support today (and every day):
Donate to a cause. There are countless organizations that aim to better the health of our oceans. The Ocean Project, which coordinates World Oceans Day each year, promotes education on ocean conservation. A few more of our favorite ocean-friendly foundations: Oceana, The Ocean Conservancy, and Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue.
Download the Seafood Watch app. You hear about sustainable seafood, but what does that mean when you’re at the fish counter at your local grocery store? This easy-to-use app spells out which seafood choices are best, and which ones you should avoid. Learn more about sustainable seafood options here.
Take the Better Bag Challenge. Part of the solution to eliminating plastic from our oceans is preventing it from ending up there in the first place. As part of World Oceans Day, The Ocean Project asks supporters to replace plastic shopping bags with reusable totes for a year. Want to join the challenge? Shop cute options for reusable bags here and here.
Support young innovators. It’s no secret the fate of our oceans and sea life will someday lie in the hands of the next generation. Luckily, young ocean lovers are already doing their part to influence others. Donate to a cause spearheaded by a young professional, like Ocean Ramsey, who aims to eliminate shark finning, or 20-year-old Boyan Slat, who’s currently developing the world’s first ocean cleaning system to rid the seas of plastic.
Shop products that give back. Sometimes, retail therapy can make you feel good in more ways than one. United by Blue removes one pound of trash from the ocean for every product sold, Coastal Playground uses 50 percent of its proceeds to host regular beach cleanups, and La Mer has donated more than $2.6 million to conservation efforts since 2008.