Friday, June 13, 2014

Feel Good Friday - Oceana

I just found out that June 8th was World Oceans Day. You may have spent the day cleaning up a beach cause you're cool like that, but I totally missed it.

In order to make up for my oversight, and because I just saw my ocean rowing friend Roz Savage in San Francisco last night, today's Feel Good Friday is going to cover the work of Oceana, an international organization dedicated to "protecting the world's oceans".

Why worry about the oceans? Oceans cover 71% of the globe and are the beginning of the food chain, yet we treat them as giant dumping grounds and expect them to be an infinite resource of delicious dinners.

As explained on the Oceana website, the problem is "we are taking too many fish out of the water... we are putting too many pollutants in the water... (and) we are squandering the ocean's resources." (click here for more details)

So what is Oceana doing to help? Again from their website, "Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Our offices in North America, South America and Europe work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. We believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Our scientists work closely with our teams of economists, lawyers and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans."

Impressive, no? They have campaigns focused on stopping ocean pollution, promoting responsible fishing, protecting marine wildlife and more. To support their work visit their take action page to see how you can be a voice for the oceans.

You can also visit their page on living blue for sustainable seafood guides, recipes and ways you can help. As always, take a moment to like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @Oceana. We don't have to wait for World Oceans Day to make a difference for the oceans of the world.

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