Celebrate World Ocean Day all summer with marine science programs

June 8 is World Ocean Day. I hope you celebrate by spending some time near the ocean and by learning more about the importance of the ocean and what we can do to preserve it – we have some ideas below to get you started.

The ocean is intertwined with the way of life in Florida. Locally, we enjoy it for recreation – beach days with the family, fishing or just enjoying the views. The ocean also supports our economy through tourism and fisheries. On a worldwide scale, ocean life produces more than half of the oxygen we breathe, and ocean currents regulate the global climate by absorbing energy and transferring warm and cool water around the planet.

The ocean relies on us to keep it healthy so it can continue to support us and an abundance of wildlife. We can all make an effort to reduce our reliance on single-use plastic, which is one of the main sources of ocean pollution. Remember to bring your reusable water bottle and shopping bags with you whenever you head out for the day. If you tend to eat out, bring a reusable container for your leftovers, or if you get takeout, keep a set of reusable cutlery with you and tell the restaurant that you do not need a single-use plastic set.

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