Daily gives that help our oceans rock my world! I am hoping they rock your giving world as well. Whether you choose to give to the ocean, a local lake or small river, gives that help our oceans are a great planet give to add to your daily giving list.
Water is one of our most precious resources and we all need to focus on our planet gives to protect our water sources. We can live for weeks without food, but we only last a few days without water. Protecting our water sources is critical to our survival. For the countries that seem to have unlimited water flowing into our kitchens and bathrooms, water seems to be in abundance. But put yourself in the shoes of a community or country that has limited water, where households have to travel for their water, treat their water. This puts a very different urgency on how we use and protect our water. With our planet comprised of 71% water what we do on one continent effects the water quality of another, so lets all work together with our planet gives that protect our oceans!
Many of us use sunscreen to protect our skin from sun. Did you know that popular sunscreens have harmful chemicals that can pollute our waters? Whether you are swimming in a local lake, ocean or river, or taking a shower to remove that sunscreen, the harmful chemicals are getting into our water system. Biodegradable sunscreens are easy to find in local stores, and are marked at such. Choose to use a safer sunscreen not only for our water but also for yourself. The choice to use biodegradable sunscreens is your planet give. Now how easy is that!
Aquariums are great educators and research centers that teach us how our oceans work and the essential interaction sea creatures have on our water and land. Yes our oceans help us on land as much as they help us with water. Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia and it just reminded me of the importance of our water. Our planet gives are essential to the health and well being of our ecosystem, with water being a big ecosystem that supports us. If you are unable to make it to an aquarium, talk to a local fisherman, give a shout out on social media to an aquarium, or thank the thousands of staff and volunteers that keep these educational centers open for us to learn.
Not all of us are lucky enough to live by the sea or ocean, but we can find a body of water or river, close by. Volunteer to clean up areas around water ways close to you. Take a bag on a walk and fill it up. Get a group of friends to come with you to clean up by a water way. Support local groups that choose to clean up mangroves, rivers, swamps, you name it! Every pice of garbage we take out of our water sources helps our world wide water supply. Be the change with this simple planet give.
Click to Give planet gives are a great way to give to others who are helping our oceans. Change.org is a petition site that benefits from our one click support for petitions. The Rainforest Site has a petition for our coral reefs, the foundation of our oceans. Find your own click to give and support our water supply with a simple click!
Single use plastic – straws, bottles, bags, plastic cutlery – these items are choking our water ways, sea life and coral reefs. We have asked many times to stop using single use plastic, and today is no different. This planet give is one of the most important planet gives we can do! But how do we change our plastic habits? Bring your own take away containers when ordering food, use a re-usable water container or coffee mug when venturing outside. Don’t use straws, but if you have to, use a metal, bamboo or paper straw. Use biodegradable plastic bags, or switch to cloth bags. Plastic wrap is not necessary to cover your food, there are now too many alternatives that make plastic wrap redundant. Find a solution to one of your single use plastic habits and help our oceans! This planet give will save our planet and ourselves.
When creating your weekly giving plan, add one planet give to your schedule. The more we give to the planet by creating a habit of giving to our natural world the better off we all are. Start your 365give Challenge and make planet gives you priority! We need our oceans, lakes and rivers to survive!