ACTION TIPS FEBRUARY 2011
       
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Connect in your community

Share at least one thing you learned last month about an ocean issue, and what each of us can do about it, with your local school, community group, place of worship, or in your workplace.

Seas the Day

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Never doubt that a small, group of
thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world. Indeed, it is
the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

seas the day Act for the anglefish by spreading the word. You can inspire a community of ocean stewards by simply sharing your love of the ocean with others. You can make people aware of environmental issues by sharing books, articles and websites and having discussions about them. Be the ocean expert in your "virtual community" and use facebook, myspace, twitter, blogs, virtual environmental book clubs and e-mail to communicate for conservation. Each person you inspire to action magnifies your positive impact!

seas the day by making your voice heard. Visit your elected official or write a personal letter to your representatives. Let them know how you feel about local environmental issues and ask them to work to protect our ocean. Urge a few friends to do the same; with a "mini-campaign" that sends enough letters to your elected officials, you might just bring about a change in the right direction! You can also write a letter to the editor about a green topic that concerns you. The power of the pen (or keyboard) is a simple, yet effective way to have your opinions heard that is too often overlooked.

seas the day by getting involved. Contact your local conservation organizations and agencies to find out how you can volunteer in your community. Volunteers are critical to conserving our oceans, and restoration projects are always in need of extra hands. You can help to improve your local stream, river, or lake and ultimately our shared ocean by cleaning beaches or restoring habitats; even assisting environmental groups with mailings and data entry is ultimately helping our ocean. Check out our community action map and EPA's community group listing for opportunities near you.

Yellow Seastar

If you are not yet directly receiving them, The Ocean Project has two free e-newsletters you can subscribe to and a new blog:

  • Blue Planet News to Use: for the latest ocean and conservation communications resources, updates on science, news, policy, and exciting action opportunities.

  • Seas the Day action tips: featuring a different conservation theme each month, and inspirational information and tangible ways to help.

  • Visit our new – and regularly updated – Ocean Project blog!

  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Become a Fan of The Ocean Project through Facebook.
  • Take the Seven C's Pledge to protect our oceans.