On Earth Day, we cannot miss the opportunity to point out that our planet is primarily an ocean. But can you blame us? With nearly three-quarters of the planet covered in salt water, Earth Day is the perfect time to talk about how protecting our oceans also means protecting our entire planet.

We at the Ocean Conservancy enjoy every opportunity to appreciate the power and beauty of the ocean and come together to take action to protect it. The ocean belongs to all of us. For nearly 50 years, you have been part of our mission to create evidence-based solutions for healthy oceans and the wildlife and communities that depend on them.

In honor of Earth Day, I want to share some of the initiatives we’re working on – including how you can help.

Here are four ways you can give a voice to our oceans this Earth Day:

  1. Take climate action now. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report shows that there is no time to wait for action on climate. We are already seeing the impact of climate change on our communities, with unprecedented extreme weather across the country. We know we need to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade to keep warming temperatures below 1.5°C and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Fortunately, climate change can be tackled from multiple angles, and the ocean offers us the solution. Urge our leaders to act before climate is too late for our oceans and planet >>
  2. Tell Congress to fully fund NOAA. The United States relies on teams from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to do basic work from the ocean floor all the way to space. Among other things, NOAA is responsible for exploring and protecting the depths of our oceans, managing America’s fisheries, and protecting endangered marine mammals and other marine wildlife. As Congress considers funding for the upcoming budget cycle, we need to ensure NOAA remains fully funded—especially as climate change continues to wreak havoc on our oceans and coastal communities. Take Action Today – Tell Congress to Fully Fund NOAA >>
  3. Keep plastic out of our national parks. It’s not hard to see why we must protect our majestic national parks – plus the last thing we want to see when exploring these breathtaking sites is plastic pollution, which can harm the incredible sights we’ve come to see. wild animals. We have an opportunity to eliminate the main source of plastic pollution in national parks: plastic bottles. National parks host an average of 330 million visitors a year and can impact the incredible places they protect and our oceans by reducing single-use plastic. Take action to keep our national wonder free from plastic >>
  4. Support our work by donating to Ocean Conservancy and matching. I know this is easy for me to say, but I can’t stress enough how much your support has helped us achieve our ocean’s grand goals. Your donation drives critical conservation initiatives against the oceans’ greatest threats, such as climate change, plastic pollution, and loss of habitat and biodiversity. On Earth Day, it’s easier than ever to make a big impact on our oceans: We’re excited to share this, and in honor of Earth Day, the Ocean Conservancy’s Board of Directors and generous donors will double their donations for a total of up to 10 Ten thousand U.S. dollars. Donate today to help support our work around the world >>

On Earth Day and every day, I am grateful to work with these dedicated colleagues, partners and ocean supporters. Thank you for taking action for our oceans this Earth Day.

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