Earth's oceans are crucial to its health and ours. They produce 70% of they oxygen we breathe, for starters! But they're suffering from climate change, overfishing, and plastic pollution.
We'll donate €10 to the oceans (and €10 off the price to you) for every purchase of Bioblo 100 blocks Ocean Mix this week.
See below for other ways you can help.
>Why our oceans are important <
70% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by the oceans. They cover 70% of the Earth’s surface (with the Pacific alone covering 30%) and are home to so many amazing creatures and ecosystems, including the world’s largest living structure – the Great Barrier Reef (can even be seen from the Moon!). We have to date only explored about 5% of our oceans!
> Why our oceans need urgent help <
- Overfishing. Catching fish is not inherently bad for the ocean, except when we catch them faster than they can replenish. One-third of the world's assessed fisheries are beyond their biological limits (says the UN)
- Climate change. We humans are extracting too much petroleum, burning it as fuel, and processing it into plastic. That's warming and acidifying our oceans, killing coral reefs, affecting fish and shellfish development, melting polar ice, raising sea levels, and changing currents.
- Plastic pollution.
- Not all the rubbish in the sea is dumped there on purpose. Much is blown from overflowing rubbish bins or landfill sites into rivers, streams, or sewers.
- Turtles and whales eat plastic bags, mistaking them for jellyfish. animals get tangled in discarded fishing nets, and birds are strangled by plastic six-pack rings. Bottle tops and other smaller bits of plastic are mistaken for food and eaten by fish and birds, leaving no room in their tummies for real food (and poisoning them with toxins).
- There are 5 ocean garbage patches, the biggest being between Hawaii and California and roughly the size of Europe. In some parts of it, there’s more plastic than plankton.
- Some experts predict that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish (by weight).
- A study by the Ocean Cleanup and Deloitte estimated that marine plastic costs $6-19 billion USD a year in damage to tourism, fisheries and aquaculture, and in governmental cleanups.
You have done good by choosing plastic-free, low-toy-mile toys and supporting our eco-activist business. Now take 1 more step:
- Leading scientists say we need to protect at least 30% of our blue planet by 2030 ('30x30') through a network of highly-protected areas. World Oceans Day 2020 is about calling on world leaders to do this. Add your voice to this petition.
- Choose 1 trip to switch from flights to road/rail/sail;
- Choose 1 commute to switch from driving to public transport;
- Go meat-free one more meal / day of the week;
- If you eat seafood, ensure it has the blue MSC label (Marine
- Use less plastic, especially single-use. Don't buy products with plastic microbeads - in ingredients as polyethylene, polypropylene, polymethylmethacrylate, PET, or PTFE;
- Post about our oceans on social media using #WorldOceansDay and #ProtectOurHome
- Follow @WorldOceansDay, @TheOceanCleanup, @IrishWhaleandDolphinGroup, @SealRescueIreland