World Ocean Day

This #WorldOceanDay, we want to take a minute to appreciate our salty cousins: the oceans.

By: Ashley van der Pouw Kraan

The transition from freshwater to salt is turbulent, vulnerable, and incredibly bountiful.

Millions of gallons of freshwater enter our oceans every day from rivers, streams and creeks, replenishing the constantly evaporating seawater.

The resulting water vapour forms clouds, which carry moisture over land before releasing it as rain, feeding it back into our rivers, streams and aquifers.

This movement of water between land, ocean, and air constantly replenishes Earth’s supply of fresh water, which is essential for all living things.

With this understanding of the interconnection of the oceans and freshwater rivers, streams and lakes in mind, it is easy to see how mismanaged waste and pollution in our local waterway can affect our oceans and vice versa.

The Fraser River meets the Pacific Ocean in Richmond, BC.

This #WorldOceansDay, we hope you'll join us and commit to turning the tide for our oceans and freshwater.

Around Home
1. Conserve water: use less water so excess runoff and wastewater won't flow into the ocean.
2. Reduce pollutants: choose nontoxic chemicals and dispose of all chemicals properly.
3. Reduce waste: cut down on what you throw away.

Around Town
4. Shop wisely: choose sustainable items. Buy less plastic and bring a reusable bag.
5. Reduce vehicle pollution: leave your car at home when you can, carpool or ride a bike.
6. Use less energy: choose energy-efficient bulbs and don't overset your thermostat.

On the Water
7. Eat less seafood: keep more fish in our oceans. Reduce or stop your seafood consumption.
8. Practice safe boating: anchor in sandy areas far from coral and seagrass. Adhere to 'no wake' zones.
9. Respect habitat: healthy habitat and survival go hand in hand. Treat with care.

Anytime, Anywhere
10. Organize a cleanup: clean your local beach or community. (Check out our guide on how to get started!)
11. Influence change in your community: research the ocean policies of public officials before you vote or contact your local representatives o let them know you support marine conservation projects.
12. Educate yourself about oceans and marine life: all life on Earth is connected. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you'll want to do to ensure its health.

The oceans and freshwater are irreversibly linked. Learn how you can take action for freshwater.