Standing on any beach, overlooking the seemingly endless turquoise and blue water of the oceans around the world, one can only wonder what their ultimate fate might be. The oceans are the lifeblood of our planet and have been since the beginning of time. Unfortunately, mankind is threatening the very health of these same oceans, the ones we all depend on for life. As defacto stewards of this planet, we must do our very best to preserve and protect our oceans for the many generations that are sure to follow.
Today, the oceans are under threat from all sides because of our man-made problems. Plastic, pollution, ocean acidification, overfishing, and global climate change are just some of the things that we are heaping on the fragile ocean ecosystems of the world. There may come a time in the not too distant future when the damage we have done could become irreversible unless we act on a global scale, as a global community, to solve the most pressing of these issues.
The simple fact is that without healthy oceans, life, as we know it on this planet, would cease to exist. And so it turns out, in fact, that we are the oceans and they are us. This realization should sink into the depths of our existence and garner the most visceral of responses to make sure that as our highest order of responsibility we protect us from ourselves.
That is why on this World Oceans Day, 4Ocean is continuing to expand our message of global ocean cleanup and conservation by hosting 12 cleanups, in 8 different countries around the world. Our goal is to encourage everyday citizens all over the globe to gather together, understand the problems we are collectively facing, find the solutions to those problems, and then take action to create a better future for our oceans.
In honor of World Oceans Day and to show our commitment to finding solutions for the oceans' problems, each 4Ocean bracelet purchased this weekend will pull TWO pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines instead of one! It is our way of saying that we are committed to the health of our oceans for now and for the future. Visit the Shop section of the site to purchase a bracelet today. Do your part, pull TWO pounds, and be a part of the solution.
While you're here, check out some of the other amazing organizations we have partnered with this year to spread the word about how important our oceans and all the life within them, truly are.
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As we got closer to the ocean floor, we began to approach a reef; this reef was nothing short of epic. The colours were bright and everything appeared to be healthy with marine life flourishing... that was until the current changed. Within seconds, this heaving reef became surrounded with plastic and rubbish.