Thursday, June 8, 2017

World Oceans Day - Our Oceans, Our Future

Today is World Oceans Day, and the 2017 theme of "Our Oceans, Our Future" is focused on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future. Healthy oceans, healthy planet!

We're lucky enough to currently live within walking distance of the ocean, and better still a beautiful stretch of dog-friendly beach. It's relatively clean compared to many, but there is still always some rubbish washed up along the high tide line.  It is a rare occasion that I am at the beach without one or both dogs, and they love it as do I. Unfortunately, they also love beachcombing along the high tide line for yucky things to roll in or nibble on, so I often spend time walking through and surveying everything that has washed up instead of strolling along the waters edge.   Silver lining?  If I'm going to stare at the tide line while I walk, I might as well bring along an extra bag or two and collect trash.  It's a very feel good feeling to leave the beach a little cleaner than we found it, and such as small effort to make.  I have to admit, I've found some really strange things on our walks, but also a lot of common "repeat offender" items including pieces of beverage rubbish in particular: juice-box straws, big straws, bottle caps, coffee cup lids, and fragments of plastic drink cups, etc. Sad.

Check out the World Oceans Day website for resources and information on plastic pollution and things you can do to help contribute to a healthier ocean. Small changes and simple actions all add up.

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