Since 1970, people have recognized April 22nd as Earth Day. But we don’t mean earth as in soil or land, we mean the Earth or the entire planet. Sometimes we need to be reminded of this. And a good way is by looking at why Earth Day started.
In 1969, a pipe split off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, spilling 3 million gallons of oil into the ocean. Up until that time, it was the biggest oil spill the world has ever seen. Thousands of seabirds, seals, sea lions, and dolphins were killed in addition to countless fish and microorganisms in the ocean.
Don’t forget the ocean this Earth Day. Remember that 71% of the Earth is covered by water.
What can you do? Here are the top three.
- Limit plastic products. They find their way to the ocean and kill ocean life.
- Support sustainability by promoting sustainable ocean industries and only consuming sustainable products.
- Watch that carbon footprint! Global warming is raising the temperature of the oceans, which will affect life cycles and continuing species.
Happy Earth Day, everyone!