“I wish to do something Great and Wonderful, but I must start by doing the little things like they were Great and Wonderful”
― Albert Einstein
“A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.”
― Barack Obama
“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to
participate in the process of change.
Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people,
can transform the world.”
― Howard Zinn
In an age defined by technological advancements, mobile devices and social media, we are connected to the people near and far in more ways than one. Beyond just the digital world, however, it is important to remember the connections we also have with each other in our own communities. This February, discover (or rediscover) the connections you have in your own communities and explore the ways that your own communities are connected to the ocean. Performing small actions in your community in the name of conservation can accumulate to a world of change and to a better future for the ocean.
February 13th – 19th is Random Acts of Kindness Week. With this is mind, think about the acts of acts of kindness you can devote to the ocean this month. Get inspiration for acts of kindness and brainstorm and share your own ideas for giving back. Talk with local conservation organizations and ask about how you can lend a helping hand. Gather a group of your community members and pitch in to preserve your local environments. Clean-ups and habitat restoration projects in lakes, rivers, and beaches are rewarding ways to engage in the community! Check out the EPA’s catalog of watershed groups to learn about some of the organizations interested in protecting the local water bodies in your area.
Spread the Word
Communication is a powerful tool we can utilize to spread our ideas and thoughts to the world. Use words to your advantage and share your love for the ocean via writing. Share on Facebook, tweet about environmental issues, blog about ocean conservation, email community leaders, and write letters to the editor expressing your ocean-minded passions and concerns—the possibilities are endless! Here are some tips for using Twitter for science and conservation.
World Ocean’s Day is June 8th and provides the perfect opportunity for a community to come together and share their love for the ocean. Spend some time now to organize a fun and engaging celebration for the ocean. Contact local organizations, get family and friends involved and check out the World Ocean’s Day page to learn more and get ideas!