“The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.”
– Blaise Pascal
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”
With a new year beginning it’s a perfect time to get inspired by something. The ocean has long since been a source of inspiration. The chopping waves and mysterious deeps have generated many stories, songs, and other works of art. We depend on and look to the sea for everything from food to the air we breathe. The ocean helps us and now it’s time to get motivated to help our ocean.
Read about the ocean
There is a lot going on within the ocean and you can use a book to get informed about it and how to help! You can learn about the issues our ocean is facing, such as ocean acidification and overfishing, and then join the conversation and help with conservation!
There are a lot of great books of fiction and poetry about the ocean for you to read as well. You can see the inspiration the sea has had on others, and hopefully get inspired too. Quick tip: If you want to read about the ocean, check out The Ocean Project’s list of great ocean books. Or you can ask your local librarian for suggestions.
Meet the animals
You can spend time this month seeing ocean animals up close. Why not visit a local aquarium, zoo, museum, or nature center this weekend? You can see some of the marine animals you are learning about up close. And if you have the time, you can also ask staff about volunteering part-time at any of these institutions and contribute to their efforts to conserve the ocean.
It’s a great time to start planning action to help the ocean. Check out World Oceans Day – the international day of ocean celebration and action held every June 8th! You can hold an event to get your community involved, attend an event and show your support, or engage with others online.
Cover photo by Teddy Llovet, flickr user teddyllovet
The Seas the Day initiative encourages and empowers people to take ocean conservation personally and get involved with others to help collectively. Each month, we feature a new conservation theme with ways to help so come back regularly for more ocean-helping ideas and tips!
Created mainly to support our partner ZAMs (Zoos, Aquariums, and Museums and other visitor-serving organizations involved in our growing network) to inspire and motivate conservation action, Seas the Day is for you to tailor for your own purposes. Please use any or all of the content verbatim and re-post on your own blog, social media channels, website, newsletter, etc. We have a large database of action tips and related content for you to use so let us know what’s most helpful and what other action-able types of information and resources we can provide to enhance your conservation efforts.