05 May World Oceans Day
Celebrating Beautiful Oceans!
World Oceans Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the world’s oceans, their amazing diversity and the critical role they play in sustaining life on land.
A healthy world for humans depends on healthy oceans – caring for the health of our oceans is essential for our health.
Protection of the ocean doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does need your help! By modifying simple things you do, you can make a huge difference to the environment.
Every piece of plastic that enters the ocean slowly breaks down into smaller pieces, and these smaller pieces can be eaten by a wide range of animals – from zooplankton to fish, seabirds, turtles, mussels and marine animals.
“The good news is that since the start of 2018 I have seen an unparalleled move towards reducing the amount of plastic that is ending up in the ocean. South Africans joined the world and started saying no amongst other things, to plastic straws, plastic earbuds, polystyrene, and single use plastic shopping bags” said Jone Porter, Director uShaka Sea World Education.
This year’s World Oceans Day Awareness campaigns although encompassing all aspects of ocean pollution, are leaning towards a focus on saying “no thanks” to plastic drinking straws. This is a wonderful place to start as unlike plastic cold drink bottles, plastic drinking straws and earbuds and many other single use plastics, are not recyclable.
Placing plastic cold drink and water bottles with their caps on in the bin helps ensure that these bottles and their caps make their way to recycling stations. South Africa recycles 65% of our plastic bottles – something to be very proud of.
If you would like to find out more about steps you can take to reduce the amount of plastic reaching the ocean or details on planned beach clean-ups please contact uShaka Sea World.
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