Earth Day is an important reminder that we only have one planet. The ocean is our planet’s life support system providing half of the oxygen we breathe, absorbing heat from the greenhouse gases we create, housing 90% of our planets biomass, and feeding billions of us humans. Here are some tips on what you can do to help protect and defend our blue planet. Small things can create a big impact.

1. Go an entire day without using “single-use” plastics

Americans, alone, use and throw away 500 million plastic straws daily. That’s over 3 million pounds of straws. Take the pledge to #StopSucking.

 

2. Avoid carbon-emitting methods of transportation for an entire day. Walk or bike to work!

3. Join a #MarchforScience in your area.

Join us and many other organizations “for an unprecedented gathering of people standing together to acknowledge and voice the critical role that science plays in each of our lives.”

 

4. Skip eating meat for Earth Day to help lower your carbon footprint!

Livestock farming produces from up to 50% of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

 

5. Grab your reusable bag before heading out.

Plastic bags are used for an average of 12 minutes, but a single plastic bag has a life expectancy of up to 1,000 years.

 

6. Come up with a great idea for a new eco-friendly business!

Our friends at Bureo recycle discarded fishing nets and turn them into rad sunglasses and skateboards.

7. Take a trip to the ocean and stick your toes in the sand!

It does wonders for the mind.

8. Buy a reusable water bottle!

90% of plastic bottles are not recycled and they take thousands of years to decompose.

9. Calculate and offset your carbon footprint with SeaGrass Grow!

Be aware of your personal impact on the planet. Offset the pollution you create while defending our coasts & ocean.

10. Try to live a day with zero waste!

Make zero trash. This woman does it year round.

11. Use today to learn more about the threats to our ocean.

 

12. Start composting your food waste.

Many cities have composting programs, diverting food waste from landfills.

13. Stop using microbeads.

If you use products with microbeads, use the day to find alternatives before the ban goes into effect.

14. Go visit a marine sanctuary near you!

Stroll the beach, ride the surf!

15. Get rid of those old clothes you have in the back of your closet.

Remember to donate them to a shelter – textile waste decomposes into some potent greenhouse gases.

16. Hold onto your butts!

Or stop smoking altogether. Cigarette butts are the most common form of beach trash.

17. Divest!

Review your investments and make moves to divest from fossil fuels. Don’t let your money fund dirty energy.

 

18. Participate in a local beach clean-up!

Clean beaches are the best beaches. Not close to a beach? Just venture outside and pick up some trash, about 80% of the marine debris comes from land based sources.

19. Use your own cup.

Bring your own coffee container to the cafe.

20. Dive in to your ocean passion!

Click the “Threats” buttons on each page to learn more about how individual issues affect what you love or take action by signing a petition.

21. Unplug everything.

Appliances like TVs & cable boxes can leak as much as 40 watts an hour even if they’re turned off.

22. Sign a petition!

Each of our Passion and Threat pages have their own petitions that you can sign and share. Our database automatically fills in the correct legislators using your zip code. And we’ll notify you when we present the petitions that you sign.

23. Share this blog and submit your own suggestions on social media!

 

24. Donate to what you love about the ocean!

You choose where your gift goes – we’ll do the research and make sure that it’s supports the most impactful conservation, research, and education programs in the ocean area that you choose.