Today (June 8th) is World Ocean Day, and a perfect time to ask yourself – how much do I really know about the state of our oceans, and why is it important?
Here are some fast facts:
The ocean regulates our climate by absorbing carbon dioxide, and it supports the greatest abundance of life on earth.
In economy terms, the ocean is worth an estimated $31 trillion dollars.
But- the ocean is in trouble.
Large species like tuna average half their normal size because of overfishing.
It ends up in your diet, too.
A big thankyou to One World One Ocean for the info graphics.
What can I do to help?
Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption
Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work. A few things you can do to get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs, and bundle up or use a fan to avoid oversetting your thermostat.
Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices
Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for overexploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable.
We are daughters, mothers, sisters and grandmothers getting on with practical climate action to live better for us and the planet. Join the movement at www.1millionwomen.com.au