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World Oceans Day: How You Can Help

Clint, Jocelyn, Ashley, and Ned working with Oceana and Anacostia Watershed Society to clean the Anacostia River

Oceana and Anacostia Watershed Society organized the clean-up. Four friends of Care2 — Clint, Jocelyn, Ashley, and Ned — joined the groups. According to Clint, they got dirty, sweaty and smelly, but felt great about being able to help support World Oceans Day.

Eric Bilski, an attorney from Oceana’s office of General Counsel, can usually be found enforcing laws against pollution and over-fishing, but on this hot and buggy day he was picking up plastic bottles, styrofoam containers and many other kinds of garbage to prevent it from flowing down the river into the sea.

Many other volunteers were Oceana staff, including the Vice President of Marketing, Matt Littlejohn, as well as several of Oceana’s scientists and attorneys.

One of Oceana’s scientists brought her kayak and ventured out on the river to pick up floating trash. She came back with an entire garbage bag full.

One tall young volunteer, Michael, was a recent college grad who is currently busy job-searching. Why did he spare the time to clean up the riverbank? “I’m just in love with the ocean,” he said.

The Anacostia River flows into the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay and eventually into the Atlantic Ocean, so their efforts were incredibly helpful to ocean health. Thanks to all who participated in this event!

Did you celebrate World Oceans Day? How do you help out oceans in your everyday life?

Related:
5 Human Habits Harmful to Ocean Health
10 Surprising Ways to Restore Our Oceans
Image: Volunteers who helped clean up the Anacostia River for World Oceans Day. Event organized by Anacostia Watershed Society and Oceana.

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1:11AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

Here's to World Oceans Day(s) Sat June 8 & Sun June 9 2013!

1:04PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Thank you very much for this interesting article.

Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
(Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

11:06AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

Reef Safe Sunscreen is the best for our oceans. Try to reduce your plastic waste as well!

10:33AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

Great article. Great day.

4:06AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

Great article. Thanks for sharing. Although I didn't know about World Ocean's Day I always do my part in picking up any garbage I find on the beach don't waste, recycle, reuse and compost. I believe we all should do our part to help us and future generations to live in a healthy enviroment.

3:27AM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

thanks for sharing.

7:26PM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

4:42PM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

Learning about oceans and educating ourselves about ocean health is a great way to celebrate Oceans Day. Thanks.

9:40AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

When I think of what gets washed down into our water systems and out into the ocean I shudder. Can anyone tell me what the effect of hair dyes, peroxides, perming chemicals and other such agents are on our rivers and oceans? Do purification processes catch all the toxic residue?.

I'm an artist and although I never put turps, white spirit or oils down my sink I have become increasingly uncomfortable with the amount of paint, (especially acyrilcs), that is released from my brushes, tools and water pots when I clean up.

My paintings attempt to express the silent cry of the earth in the wake of what we inflict upon it.I feel hypocritical then if the very act of making my art is at the same time contributing to a detremental act that is n increasingly poluting the environment.

6:00PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Great article. Great day.

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