Happy World Oceans Day!
Last week, I decided not to post anything here, because of #blackouttuesday and because of the #theshowmustbepaused movement in the music industry. Instead, I educated myself and shared resources in my stories.
Not only this week, but this year was fuelled by protests, and demands for more social justice, and voices growing louder on how we treat this world, other people, the planet. 2020 has been rough so far, fuelled by Covid-19, racism, inequality, climate change, and has raised questions on how we treat this planet.
2020 has shown us what inequality, and the attitude that we have towards our environment can do to our planet. White supremacy appears to have its roots in the same acceptance as gender inequality, or the way we treat the environment, and I feel that Joaquin Phoenix summarised this in a meaningful way in his almost historic Oscars speech:
“I think, whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against injustice.
We’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one people, one race, one gender, one species, has the right to dominate, use and control another with impunity.” – Joaquin Phoenix
But it also showed us positive things. It showed us what we can accomplish, together, when we work together. It showed us that polluted oceans can become clean again, that we can overcome social injustice, that we can fight a virus. Together, we can #protectourhome.
Today, on World Oceans Day, I want to share some resources on the ocean, how we can protect it, and what you can do.
World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day, official website. A great place to find information about the oceans, and how you can help.
The newspaper asks: What are you doing to protect your ocean? Share your opinion and experience!
Glowing Glowing Gone
An amazing project and website which encourages people to create art, products and more using the glowing colours. They also have a bunch of information on coral reefs. Find out more here:
Big Blue Ocean Clean-Up
I’ve been an ambassador for this amazing organisation for about 2 years now. They organise clean-ups of beaches by volunteers, with the goal to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans. Find out how to join them and take part in local clean-up actions here:
Help the coral reefs by adopting a coral! They also have a lot of information on their page about coral reefs and what you can do.
The WWF’s page about World Oceans Day with a lot of resources and information on how you can get involved or donate:
More projects and resources such as the Coral Reef Image Bank on the page of the Ocean Agency:
Take the pledge to protect the oceans on SeaLegacy:
Artists for oceans and shop on:
Find publications and campaigns on Oceana:
Documentaries and films:
Chasing Coral, on Netflix
One Strange Rock, hosted by Will Smith, available on Netflix
Coral Bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef, on YouTube
The Silvermaranth Shop donates for the purpose of protecting the oceans for every t-shirt sold. All t-shirts are organic. Find the whole collection here:
A brand with clean, vegan, and cruelty-free cosmetics (US only):
4Ocean donate to protect the ocean for every bracelet sold. You can also find organisations to donate to on their official World Oceans Day page:
I am aware that this collection is not complete, yet. If you think there is something missing or want to suggest an organisation or shop please send me your link! I will also share these organisations in my stories.
*None of the organisations or shops above has paid me to share this information, I have researched and selected them myself.
Photos: Photo by Q.U.I on Unsplash