Today is a happy day because today we celebrate our wonderful ocean (but shouldn't we everyday?).
We see rallies in Australia encouraging clean energy rather than oil rigs/coal mines that have the capability to ruin the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef (thank you Kate Nelson!), we see people fighting back on President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord, we see numerous posts on ocean conservation pages encouraging involvement, and we see more and more studies made that tell us what we are doing wrong and how we can fix it.
There has been a lot of backlash on Trump's Paris Accord decision because right now we need everyone to unify under the goal of preserving the environment before it is too late for future generations to recover from our mess. The true goals of the Paris Accord, as explained by Mermaid Kate, "is empowerment of cities, regions, local authorities to take this on, scale up efforts & support actions to reduce emissions, to decrease vulnerability to adverse effects of climate change & cooperate internationally." Obviously, these are some great goals and something we all need to work on as Nations in order to get back to a healthy state. However, it is difficult to make sure people walk the walk rather than simply signing an agreement, so hopefully the anger that arose from Trump pulling out of this agreement will manifest into more people taking it upon themselves to act. The entire county of Santa Barbara have already taken it upon themselves to better the environment (yay!) as the city council established a goal to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and all municipal buildings and operations to 50% clean energy by 2020. This just goes to show that we can make a difference on a local level and hopefully this will have a domino effect that will eventually translate into a national decision on the matter.
The rallies in Australia are to protect our coral reefs as Adani wishes to build a large coal mine that has the potential to further the bleaching of our reef with increased fossil fuel emissions. For more information on the drastic effects of fossil fuels and CO2 emissions, look at our Clean Energy and Ocean Acidification blog posts.
It is important to remember that the ocean holds cultural and economic significance as well as bringing us joy and love. Conserving these roaring waves and what lies beneath them will be what saves our future generations from huge depressions-- both economically and socially. Whether it is saying no to single-use plastic, rallying in the streets for clean energy and sustainable fishing, or simply riding a bike instead of a car... today (and everyday!!) is your chance to do your part in saving approx. 75% of our Earth from its demise. If you don't live by an ocean, these things still apply! Water sheds of any sort still make their way to the ocean and our beautiful mountains and forests need your help too.
What can we do today?
- Ride our bikes to work/around to where we want to go! It's summer for many of us, embrace the beautiful weather!
- Say no to plastic! Bring a re-usable bottle around town as well as your own handy dandy utensils.
- Sign petitions, talk to your representatives. Do everything in your power to make your voice heard.
- Use that social media! We all check our phones way more than we should anyways, we might as well make it productive. Post on Instagram and Facebook about these issues so you're friends join the pro-Ocean life too.
- Are you artistic? Write stories, make art. One of the best ways to inspire others is through books and art in order to educate.
- Take your children, nieces/nephews, grandchildren, siblings, friends... and get outside. Have the younger generations fall in love with nature. Their love can be all it takes to make a change someday.
Go for a swim or for a paddle. Play to protect. Enjoy yourself! This life is, after all, supposed to be fun.