With 2/3 of ocean species being over fished, climate change killing coral reefs, and human waste and 26 million tons per year of plastic being dumped into the water, our oceans are constantly at war to keep themselves clean and liveable for years to come.
Tomorrow is World Oceans Day, and while Denver is landlocked there are still ways to do good and help the oceans fight. Because clear, clean water is of the utmost importance when vacationing to the coast of Mexico or Southern California. From projects that take two seconds to those taking a whole day, here are suggestions for upping karma while helping to save our oceans.
- Wear Blue and Tell Two. World Oceans Day has started a campaign asking people to spread awareness by “wearing blue and telling two.” Whether it’s emailing friends and family, posting on Facebook, tweeting or running down the 16th Street Mall with a sign screaming “save our oceans,” spread the facts. Links to informational videos and photos to share can be found here.
- Donate. If your weekend is booked and you can’t physically help, lucky for you a monetary donation goes just as far and ensures your part in saving the sea. Donate here.
- Clean up. Denver isn’t near the beach, but all water eventually ends up in the ocean. Host a group clean up or grab a friend for an hour of picking up trash and litter around water. Some possible locations are Sloan’s Lake, the Platte River or the Colorado River. For more information on river clean up, visit Environment Colorado Rivers Project page.
- Enjoy. Visit the Downtown Aquarium to enjoy and learn about creatures of the sea from sharks to sea turtles.
- Participate with the Colorado Ocean Coalition. The Colorado Ocean Coalition will set up a booth at the Boulder Farmer’s Market on June 9 from 8 am to 2 pm with information and inspiration to help save the oceans. Also, check out their monthly “Blue Drinks” night. Happening June 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dairy Center for Arts in Boulder, this month’s night will consist of discussions about the planet and the ocean, plus a screening of “Ocean Frontiers.”