April 22nd - Earth Day
This year Earth Day is focusing on the species that are in need of our protection. Humans as a species have caused chaos in the natural world and as a result we are now seeing the greatest rate of extinction amongst species since the dinosaurs.
Earth Day 2019 Goals:
Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
Ocean Life on the brink of Extinction
The ocean is home to millions of different animals species, many still yet to be discovered. Unfortunately we have seen a decline across most species in our oceans due to a combination of factors. The rising sea temperatures, overfishing, plastic pollution and noise pollution are the main threats to marine life, all caused by humans.
Will you join the campaign to Protect our Species?
Of the Earth Day Campaigns there are a few that we really resonated with but be sure to check the all out on the Earth Day Network's website here.
At this point over half of the worlds corral reefs have died, and we are likely to see an even bigger decline in the years to come. These reefs provide a home for thousands of marine species and are crucial to the underwater eco system.
You can help protect these corral reefs by only buying and use only oxybenzone and octinoxate-free sunscreens and send your comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging them to remove these chemicals from sunscreens.
Sea turtles around the world are at risk. In the last year it has been discovered that every species of sea turtle has been effect by plastic pollution. Sea turtles are important to the oceans as they help to maintain a balanced eco system. Not only that but sea turtles in Costa Rico bring in around $6.7 million dollars annually from tourism!
How can you help these amazing creatures? Help in the fight against plastic. Reduce plastic where you can in your life and recycle where possible. Beach cleans are also an effective way that you can help to protect sea turtles from pollution in the ocean.
Don't forget also, that every purchase made with Ocean Helper rescues at least 1 sea turtle hatchling! Find out more about that here...
Whales are incredibly important to our planet, not just the ocean. They are important also in the war against climate change:
"Whales are excellent carbon sequesters. When they die and sink to the bottom of the ocean, the carbon that they have accumulated over their lifetime is trapped inside their bodies. Additionally, the dung of whales provides phytoplankton with nutrients for photosynthesis. Plankton photosynthesis absorbs carbon from the atmosphere, helping to address climate change. It also creates oxygen. By some estimates, nearly 50% of all the oxygen we breathe stems from the role of whales feeding phytoplankton in the ocean."
You can help to protect these gentle giants by refusing to eat whale meat or buy any whale by-product. As consumers, refusing these types of product will reduce and eventually eradicate the demand. Also preventing plastic pollution will help protect whale species. There have been too many stories in the news of deceased whales washing up on beaches with their stomachs filled with plastic.
Sharks are often vilified by the media and Hollywood, however as predators their role to keep balance in the oceans is critically important. Stable shark populations lead to sustainable fish population.
First and foremost in protecting sharks is boycotting the shark fin trade.
"In the U.S., shark products worth more than $1.6 million were imported into the country, with most of the value coming from fins."
Supporting sustainable fishing is also important and making efforts to put an end to plastic pollution too.
This year, Ocean Helper want to take the time to focus on vaquita, one of the oceans most endangered resident. With fewer than 30 left in the wild, these creatures are facing extinction!
See more on the Vaquita here at WorldWildLife.Org
Last month the Sea Shepherds discovered the body of a deceased vaquita...
To help raise awareness for these vulnerable creatures we are offering all of our customers a FREE Vaquita Awareness Bracelet when they spend over $25.
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