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Happy World Ocean Day!

June 9, 2010

We at Zalul will use any opportunity to celebrate the part of this planet that we love most: the water. So, naturally, when we heard that yesterday was World Ocean Day (sometimes referred to as World Water Day), we decided to seize this opportunity to remind you, our faithful readers, a little bit about how you can contribute to healthier waters and therefore a happier planet!

But first, a very brief history on this new holiday: Back in 1992, a United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro unofficially dedicated a day each year to water-related activism. It’s been celebrated at varying degrees since then, and just last year UNESCO decided to make this day official. So mark your calendars for the upcoming years: June 8th is World Ocean Day!

Now, in celebration (just one day late), Zalul (with the help of our friends over at Green Prophet) would like to remind you of a few things to keep in mind everyday regarding our waters:

  1. Clean up plastics, or just avoid them all together. Plastic water bottles, bags, and containers take years to break down, usually ending up in oceans and seas across the planet. Re-usable water bottles and canvas shopping bags can reduce your contribution to this problem tremendously over the course of your lifetime.
  2. Cut down on your fish consumption, as a great deal of our aquatic species are at risk of extinction. When you do crave a fish feast, always try for the sustainable fair.
  3. Reduce your carbon footprint, by using your feet. Leave your car in park and ditch the moped. Walk whenever possible, and when not possible, hop onto a bus or train.
  4. Keep harmful chemicals from the seas. Many of our household products end up in our seas due to poor cleaning at treatment plants. Keep your eyes open for biodegradable products that will naturally dissolve when they enter our waters.
  5. Stop driving on the beach and enjoy a nice stroll!
  6. And get involved! Volunteer for an environmental organization that represents your cause and tell your friends. If we all work together, we can restore our planet to what it once was!

For a more in-depth look at what Green Prophet has to say about this, check out their latest post. We also recommend taking a look at The Ocean Project’s observance of this important day.

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