Ocean Blue News Blog
by Karisa Boyce
We all know how important the Go Green movement is for the planet. Earth Day celebrates going green, though it’s something you can do throughout the year. Going Green is more of a lifestyle change, and one that keeps in mind the health of the Earth and future generations of people and wildlife. The change entails planting trees, composting, recycling, and having a lighter footprint for cleaner air and a healthy planet.
So, what does it mean to Go Blue and why is this just as important as going green? We now know that organisms in the ocean produce at least 70% of the world’s oxygen. We now know that the air is cleaner when we heal the ocean. Preventing toxic algae blooms protects our drinking water. Going Blue takes a different yet equally important approach than going green. It means learning new ways to be stewards and taking new steps to take care of the planet we all call home.
We can look at the waterways of the Earth as one integrated system, with inland streams and rivers flowing into one another and eventually making their way to an ocean. All oceans are connected too, which is why Ocean Blue refers to the five (not four) invisibly separated oceans as One World Ocean. When we start to see not only just how interconnected our waterways are, but also how all life relies on water, then we can understand how pressing it is to start taking better care of the streams and rivers in our own backyards.
Cleaning the ocean is much simpler than we realize. The health of the ocean is a reflection of the ground beneath our feet. By taking action in our neighborhoods and cities we address the complexity of issues that the ocean faces every day. When we all work together, the ocean will have a chance at a healthy future for wildlife and humans alike. How can you and your family Go Blue?
Pledge to pick up 2 pieces every day to keep trash out of the water.
Bioretention cellsBasin Facts or bioswales are a low point in the ground that naturally collects and filters water with plants and mulch that help soak up excess stormwater, filtering out toxins from point source pollution before it slowly makes its way to an urban stream or river. By rerouting clear gutters to biocell areas, we can avoid rainwater flushing out toxic substances on concrete like oil from automobiles, and dust from brake pads straight to our waterways.
Ocean Blue helps local landowners, businesses, cities, and other government agencies implement these infrastructure changes that are so vital to cleaning waterways at the source. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to deliver the message to local people in your community.
Unless you live in Flint, Michigan or one of the many cities right here in the U.S. suffering with toxic drinking water or inadequate infrastructure, you may take for granted how vital the Go Blue movement is for people and the planet. Both the go green and go blue movements are needed. Ocean Blue is urging people around the planet to get this movement off the ground! So jump on the Ocean Blue Wave and join us by making your Blue Years Resolutions!
#GoBlue by resolving to do one or more of the ideas we’ve talked about here.Join Ocean Blue for a family friendly New Year's Eve party for a cause in Portland, Oregon on 12/31/2018! Celebrate with friends, food, and Blue Year's Resolutions! The Oregon Public House has kindly offered a portion of their proceeds to go directly to Ocean Blue's efforts! Show up any time on New Year's Eve, eat, drink, be merry, and support our mission for clean water and to plant 1 million Trees for Streams by 2025!
How can you make 2019 more ocean friendly? If you're not sure how yet, we'll help you make your Super Blue Resolution! There may or may not be a photo booth involved. . . so bring your people! This is a fun activity for the whole family! Door prizes and a raffle, so bring your appetite and your dollars to support your local streams, rivers, and our One World Ocean!
Contact Ocean Blue for a free consultation about how you can Go Blue - at home or small business, your school, your agricultural, industrial or corporate facilities, your city, or any entity you can think up! Everyone can and must Go Blue to mitigate climate change and ensure access to clean drinking water for current and future generations.
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