This year’s World Oceans Day takes place on June 8th. The United States recognizes five named oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern (Antarctic) Ocean. To honor these (and all of the water that comprises 71 percent of our Earth), here are five resources you can use to inform yourself, your students, and your community about how to positively impact the threat to our oceans.
1. Visit worldoceansday.org – discover ways to support this movement, like a “Selfie for the Sea.”
2. Order Make A Splash! A Kid’s Guide to Protecting Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands , by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., with Philippe Cousteau and EarthEcho International, to help integrate youth-driven action for our waters into your curriculum.
3. See Plastic Paradise – Director Angela Sun schedules speaking and screening events for the film, or see how the website supports pledges to reduce plastic in your daily life.
4. Explore Rise Above Plastics, a project of Surfrider Foundation. Find ten ways to reduce your ‘plastic footprint’.
5. Relive the journey of Plastiki – a boat comprised of 12,500 plastic bottles that sailed 8,000 nautical miles to prove the power of repurposing and the importance of protecting our oceans.