Imagine a scene where the authentic Earth Flag that best symbolizes our blue planet is flying from every office building, school or home in your neighborhood. More importantly, imagine what could be possible if everyone in your office, school or community did just one thing to improve the health of the ocean!
Picking up trash at a favorite dive site, teaching kids how to protect the ocean, and making sustainable seafood choices are just some of the actions people are taking to make a positive impact on the health of our ocean. Covering seventy-two percent of our planet Earth, the ocean is the majority shareholder. It gives us oxygen, food, water and a place to play, relax and explore. We are still learning much about the wonders and glories of the ocean, including discovering potential cures for cancer and other diseases. We are also just beginning to understand the enormity of threats it is facing, such as the disappearance of critical species in the food chain, climate change, and ocean acidification. As a result, a new level of engagement to protect ocean health is essential to our future.
People around the world are taking a stand (or swim) for ocean conservation. With the passing of World Ocean Day (June 8), friends of the ocean are looking for new and more interesting ways to get engaged. SeaWeb’s Blue Planet Campaign is a step in solidarity to protect our oceans by spreading awareness and helping people connect to the ocean in a more visceral and visual way.
SeaWeb has developed a partnership with the Earth Flag to use this powerful symbol as a way to remind people that we live on an ocean planet. Named “Mother of the World” by Time in 1969, distinguished cultural anthropologist Dr. Margaret Mead carried the Earth Flag with her whenever she appeared from 1969 until her death in 1978. The flag features an iconic photo of Earth from space, a reminder of how much of our planet is covered by ocean, and how dependent we are upon it for our own survival.
Between now and June 15, SeaWeb will be collecting photos of individuals with their Earth Flag along with a description of what they have done to help the ocean. All photos and stories will be posted on its Facebook page and the photo with the most “likes” will be featured on SeaWeb’s webpage and used to help promote ocean conservation. Post your photos or purchase your own Earth Flag today!
SeaWeb is the only international non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to strategically communicating about ocean issues. To find out about SeaWeb’s other initiatives and campaigns, check out SeaWeb’s website at www.seaweb.org.