• Lauren Hendrick

World Ocean Day

Today is World Ocean Day! This "holiday" is dedicated to celebrating the mighty oceans of the planet, and to raise awareness on the importance of keeping the oceans clean and taken care of.

According to the National Ocean Service, "Our ocean provides countless benefits to our planet and all the creatures that live here."

Such as: (According to the National Ocean Service)

This information courtesy of https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/why-care-about-ocean.html

The air we breath: The ocean produces over half of the world's oxygen and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere

Climate regulation: Covering 70% of the Earth's surface, the ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns.

Transportation: 76% of all U.S. trade involves some form of marine transportation.

Recreation: From fishing to boating to kayaking and whale watching, the ocean provides us with many unique activities.

Economic benefits: The U.S. ocean economy produces $282 billion in goods are services and ocean-dependant businesses employ almost 3 million people/

Food: The ocean provides more than just seafood; including ingredients from the sea are found in surprising foods such as peanut butter and soy milk.

Medicine: Many medicinal products come from the ocean, including ingredients that help fight cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and heart disease.

In the last few years, there has been an increase of environment advocates, which includes the oceans. June 8 is a perfect opportunity to dedicate a bit of energy towards maintaining and improving the oceans.

How you can contribute:

- Use less plastic products

- Use reusable products

- Purchase sustainable food

- Minimize trash

- Recycle as much as possible

- Do not litter

- Pick up your trash

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