Promote less pollution in Youth Month
THIS year’s theme, ‘Our Oceans, Our Future’, focuses on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future.
The Ocean Project has expanded its effort to engage more youth worldwide through the creation of a World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council, which includes 11 young people (ages 14-22) from 11 countries across Asia, Australia/Oceania, Africa, Europe, North America and the Caribbean.
As this is Youth Month in South Africa, it is an excellent time to start a drive wherever you live to clean up the rivers in your area.
All rivers eventually flow to the sea and therefore, keeping the rivers free of pollution and alien invaders is essential to keep water flowing to the sea.
World Oceans Day allows us to:
Change perspective – think about what the ocean means to you and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations
Learn about the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them and how we are all interconnected
Change our ways – by taking care of your backyard and helping in your community, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean, even if you are far away from the sea.
Making small modifications to your everyday habits will make a difference and involving your family, friends and community will benefit our blue planet even more
Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the ocean.
Take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organise or participate in activities that celebrate our ocean.
Over the last several years, as part of our major push to engage more youth around the world, the Ocean Project has invested heavily in social media for spreading the message.
As part of that, it develops an annual World Oceans Day social media campaign that all its partners can tie in with to enhance their efforts, based on the conservation theme of the year.
Like us on Facebook www. facebook.com/WorldOceansDay and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/WorldOceansDay and https://twitter. com/theoceanproject.
The Director-General of Environmental Affairs Nosipho Ngcaba assisting youth in clean-up activities at last year’s event.