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At TerraCycle, we work year-round to observe environmental action and celebration through programs striving to make sustainability accessible to all, but World Oceans Day (June 8) is still significant to us. It is during World Oceans Day that the globe shifts its gaze to the need to create realistic, actionable solutions are brought to the fore in the minds of governments, corporations and consumers, creating a climate for change in habit, and in perspective.

One of the most common barriers for consumers willing to make a difference is that they don’t know where to begin. Taking the word of a recycling company on a mission to Eliminate the Idea of Waste, know that no action or education is too small, and that these World Oceans Day events and activities are a great place to start:

Attend the inaugural World Oceans Festival

Kicking off the UN Ocean Conference June 4 is the inaugural World Ocean Festival in New York, an open, public event, recognizing that millions of people and organizations care about the oceans and will stand together for their protection.  A day of celebration calling upon people to be “A Collective Voice for the World’s Ocean,” the Festival, organized by the Global Brain Foundation, invites current and potential stewards for the ocean to join them in New York City and around the world to bring public attention to the UN’s SDG Goal 14.

The World Ocean Festival is an opportunity for individuals, families and communities to participate in a global movement for the conservation, preservation and restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems. In addition to the Ocean March, a first-of-its-kind parade of large and small boats on the water as a statement of unity for the ocean, and the Ocean Village on Governors Island, N.Y., the festival features art, education, innovation, and tools you can use to take action year-round.

Join a beach clean up

Beach cleanup organizations and other ocean-minded NGOs partake in the important practice of picking waste up off of shorelines and working to restore ecosystems year-round. Now that the weather is heating up, finding a beach cleanup event on or around World Oceans Day should be a snap.

Join a beach clean up

Individuals and communities planning beach and river cleanups around World Oceans Day and every time of year can also tackle ocean pollution from another angle through TerraCycle’s Beach Plastic Cleanup Program. The program is free and offers local beach cleanup organizations the opportunity to recycle collected beach plastic for the first time. Through the program, cleanup crews can invest in the collection, processing and integration of beach plastics in new production, creating a market for these materials and diverting them from landfills, the avenue by which these items find their way into oceans and waterways.

Celebrate locally

There are many easy, educational and family-friendly ways you and your community can celebrate World Oceans Day—you just have to look. An aquarium in Mystic, Conn., has planned special programming around World Oceans Day, including scavenger hunts, crafts, Nature Play on the Sea School Green, photo ops at “Selfie for the Seas” stations and hands-on activities. Marin County in California is hosting The Shrinking Shores, a series of informational events about sea-level rise. Absolutely Fish in New Jersey, where TerraCycle is headquartered, specializes in the art and science of fish year-round to teach people about marine life, creating lasting connections to the ocean around education and conversation.

Celebrate locally / Issue 192 - September 2018
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