Snorkeling in Kauai. Swimming with the stingrays in Moorea. Watching the waves roll in on Kiawah Island. Alan and I are baby boomers who enjoy the ocean. Today is World Oceans Day, a reminder to baby boomers and the rest of the world about the need to protect our oceans. Tune in to any news program for the latest information on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for a stark reminder on the danger the world’s oceans face.
The Ocean Project, a network of aquariums, zoos, museums and conservation organizations, sponsors World Oceans Day. This year’s theme, Oceans of Life, encourages us to pick our favorite marine animal, then find ways to help protect it. What else can boomers do?
- Spread the word on the importance of taking care of the world’s oceans.
- Learn simple ways to reduce CO2 emissions, the biggest threat to healthy oceans.
- Participate in a World Oceans Day event in your part of the world.
- Read to the grandkids. World Oceans Day has teamed up with Dr. Suess to celebrate the 50th anniversary of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
- Take the grands to the local aquarium for a first-hand lesson in ocean appreciation.
If volunteering with the Gulf oil clean-up is your boomer idea of celebrating World Oceans Day, the list of volunteer opportunities published at Fox News might help you decide where to take action. Or visit Deep Horizon Response for links on how to help in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi or Louisiana. Also, Volunteer Before You Die offers information on volunteering. And, remember, it’s not only the health of the ocean that’s at stake. Many residents have lost their livelihood and are in financial need.
Another way for boomers to honor World Oceans Day is to find ways of reducing our consumption of petroleum-based products. It isn’t easy. Take a look at this list. Do you see any to eliminate from your life? Care2 make a difference has posted 20 suggestions for reducing your oil dependency, to help get us started.
And what do my blogging friends have to say on this World Oceans Day?
- Nancy of Family on Bikes has written a thoughtful response on the BP oil crisis.
- Kerry Dexter at Music Road celebrates World Oceans Day with a post about music and the ocean.
- Kerry also writes about World Oceans Day at Gather.
- At Chezsven blog, innkeeper and writer Alexandra Grabbe reflects on the trash from the ocean that she finds on the beach in Massachusetts.
- Jane Boursaw, Film Gecko, recommends watching Oceans, Disney’s photo documentary.
What are your thoughts about World Oceans Day? How will you celebrate? Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email to ask a question or share your experience.
I have included an Amazon link to One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish for your convenience. However My Itchy Travel Feet does receive a small percentage for purchases made at Amazon.com.