On June 8, organizations and communities from around the world will celebrate the Earth’s largest life-support system, the ocean. World Oceans Day, first celebrated in 2002, was established to help educate others on how much of an impact the ocean has on our lives and what we need to do to protect it!
National Aquarium is celebrating World Oceans Day with special blog posts throughout the week, featuring important issues relating to ocean conservation, and by hosting celebrations at both our Washington, DC and Baltimore venues this weekend!
As part of the festivities, we're asking our communities online and on-site to share a photo of their best fish face and a conservation pledge to help take care of our blue planet! Get ready to pucker up!
Throughout the week, be sure to share your photos with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #puckerup! And be sure to check back with us because we'll be sharing some of your favorite photos/pledges! Check out some of the staff here at the Aquarium showing off their best fish faces:
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Here are some simply conservation pledges you can include:
- I pledge to conserve water. It's as easy as shortening your shower time and turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth!
- I pledge to use less plastic. Invest in a re-usable water bottle! Keep plastic water bottles out of the ocean and a couple of dollars in your pocket!
- I pledge to conserve energy. Reduce the amount of carbon dioxide you put into the atmosphere by riding a bike, walking or using public transportation and by turning off the lights when you leave a room!
- I pledge to eat only sustainable seafood. Overfishing can lead to an irreparable loss in certain seafood populations. You can prevent this by avoiding catching or eating certain species that have been exploited.
- I pledge to learn more about the ocean and its inhabitants. It is only through continued education and exploration that we can truly have a better understanding of the ocean and how we're impacting it.
In addition to our #puckerup campaign, we've also started a "Why do YOU love the ocean?" community discussion on Twitter! Do you have a favorite memory/story related to the ocean or its inhabitants? Tell the world!
This World Oceans Day, we want to show our blue planet a SEA of social support! The pledges we collect this week will join thousands of others collected by conservation organizations around the world!
Follow the conversations around World Oceans Day on Twitter using #oceanlove and don't forget to PUCKER UP!