Help 4Ocean Make a Difference for World Oceans Day (VIDEO)
Forget Space, there’s a place here on Earth that contains miles of unexplored terrain and countless undiscovered life forms. The Earth’s oceans cover 70% of the planet, yet we actually know very little about them and the mysteries they hold. What we do know, however, is that humans are polluting our oceans at an incredible rate. Today, June 8th, is World Oceans Day and it’s time to come together to do something about plastics and other trash which threatens all manner of sea life and the livelihoods of those who rely on the ocean for survival.
4Ocean Leads the Way for Ocean ConservationOne of the most impactful companies dedicated to this cause is 4Ocean, a conservation company putting in the labor and spreading awareness all over the world. 4Ocean began two years ago when co-founders Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze took a surf trip to Bali. The amount of trash they saw floating in the ocean was disturbing to say the least and it sparked both to take action when they returned to their native Florida. 4Ocean makes bracelets from recycled materials which helps fund their efforts. Each bracelet purchased contributes to one pound of plastic removed from our oceans. To date, 4Ocean has helped remove more than 788,000 pounds of plastic bottles, bags, straws and more from beaches and oceans across the world. In Florida where 4Ocean is headquartered, the number of plastic bags in the ocean is a direct threat to an already dwindling sea turtle population. Turtles often mistake the bags for their primary food source, jellyfish, and the results are disastrous. Algae growing on the bags can make them taste natural to the turtles but they cannot digest the plastic after swallowing.
World Oceans Day Cleanup EffortsIn honor of World Oceans Day, 4Ocean is hosting 12 cleanup events in eight different countries from Bali, Indonesia to Santa Monica California. RELATED: Five Faves: World Oceans Day Ocean conservation is a group effort and 4Ocean encourages everyone to get involved. The best way to help both physically and informationally is to visit the 4Ocean Facebook page and view the events calendar to find the events nearest you. Ocean conservation starts with you. It means always cleaning up after yourself and encouraging others to do the same. The easiest and most impactful ways to help include:
- Avoiding single-use water bottles and plastic bags
- When you get take-out, ask if they have something other than styrofoam
- Participate in beach cleanup days
- Share 4Ocean content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
- Contribute to the cause by purchasing a bracelet