WORLD OCEANS DAY!!
We’re celebrating the oceans on this special day! Did you know that around 75% of the world’s surface is covered by oceans and yet we’ve explored so very little of it. Every year scientists are discovering new species. The oceans are full of fascinating, creepy and down right mind blowing creatures. There are mammals, reptiles, fish, crustaceans, invertebrates and things we don’t know even how to classify!
There are all kinds of habitats in the oceans! Coral reefs are like rainforests and the vast open ocean is like a desert. There are also icy habitats and deep dark habitats with no light! These wonderful habitats need to be protected and we can all do our part! We’re going to share some photos and some great ways that we can all keep trash out of the ocean!
- Recycling aluminum take 5% of the energy used to make things with new aluminum.
- It takes up to 1,000 years for a plastic bag to break down.
- Sea turtles mistake trash for food.
- If everyone would recycle 1/10th of the newspaper bought, it would save 25 million trees.
- Five recycled plastic bottles can make enough fiberfill to stuff a ski jacket.
- There are 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile of ocean.
- Approximately 380 billion plastic bags are used in the U.S. alone each year!
So what can we do to help our ocean friends?
- Recycle everything you can, especially those plastics. Plastics labeled 1-6 can be recycled.
- Give unwanted clothes, books and other things to charity.
- Make sure you pick up your trash when at the beach.
- Say no thank you to plastic bags and bring your own reusable ones!
For more information on how you can protect our precious oceans check out the Ocean Conservancy’s website.