Earth day is an annual event on April 22, which was first celebrated in 1970. The idea came from Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA. He was inspired by the anti-war movement and realized he could include air and water pollution issues into the national political agenda. Coordinated globally, earth day is now celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. Earth day celebrates planet earth in different ways. Awareness being a big component of the celebration, it exposes important environmental issues the plant is facing.

 

Man made marine pollution is becoming a large issue on our planet. We use the ocean for 90% of our international trader and 50% of it from communications yet we have explored less than 10% of it. One way to combat the effects we have on the ocean is to utilize reusable materials. Reusable materials from grocery bags to water bottles, and eliminating single use plastic can help minimize environmental impacts.

Another way to celebrate Earth Day is to go on an aquatic adventure such as kayaking, snorkeling or even jump on a whale watching boat. If your passionate about your local beach you part take in a beach clean up, many are set up within a marine conservation organization on Earth Day. Or you could help launch a community garden or volunteer to create awareness and education on important issues facing our planet Earth.

 

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