Sunday, May 30, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Can you imagine a planet where ninety-nine percent of the living space is ocean?
You don't have to. You're living on it!!! Most of the ocean is as dark as night, with temperatures either just above freezing or, in a few places, hotter than humans can handle. Thousands of incredible and bizarre creatures have made it their home.
Check Out Discovery Education Site, it is really amazing...................
Friday, May 21, 2010
Sliding or jumping down sand dunes may be fun for kids, but it’s not fun for the little creatures and plants who call these environments “home.” Walk on the established paths and elevated walkways. Always avoid driving through sand dunes, soft sand, and wetland areas.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
But oceans and coastal ecosystems are increasingly under threat from pollution, unsustainable fishing practices, destruction of habitats, and the effects of increased carbon dioxide emissions (warmer temperatures and ocean acidification).
Choose environmentally-friendly detergents and household cleaners—or make your own! Besides being better for your own health, these products are safer for the environment since what goes down the drain can end up in our oceans.
Monday, May 17, 2010
"Wear Blue and Tell Two" for World Oceans Day 2010
In 2009 The Ocean Project started an annual tradition associated with World Oceans Day. We launched "Wear Blue and Tell Two" as a new way of celebrating our world's ocean on June 8th.
The main idea behind "Wear Blue and Tell Two" is to have people associate the color blue with World Oceans Day each year. We also are interested in helping each person multiply their positive reach by telling friends or colleagues two interesting facts about the ocean or ways one can take take personal action to help.
We urge all our zoo, aquarium, and museum (ZAM) partners and other friends in the wider ocean conservation community to spread the word about Wear Blue and Tell Two as a fun and easy way to help make a difference!
- Our ocean has a great wealth of diverse kinds of life but it's in trouble. Climate change has already been linked to the killing of coral reefs. Coupled with destructive fishing practices, there is a dramatic decline in many types of fish and sea life we depend on.
- There are important, easy actions each of us can take to help. Calculating our carbon footprints and looking for ways to reduce our role in climate change is a great step. Likewise, we can choose seafood that is abundant in supply and fished or farmed without harm to the ocean and coasts.
To make the "tell two" part a little easier, here are two messages you can share:
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Use cloth shopping bags
Plastic bags cause the deaths of 100,000 marine animals each year when the animals mistake them for food, so if you must use them, always recycle them in the bin at your supermarket.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
World Oceans Day
June 8th - Only 27 Days Away
“World Ocean Day was established by the United Nations to help create awareness about our seas, their importance to people, and the growing threats they face,” said Lynne Hale, director of The Nature Conservancy’s global marine program.
"Recent studies about the threatened state of our oceans serve as an important reminder there are small and tangible steps that each of us can take to help reduce our impacts.”
An estimated 80 percent of all life on Earth depends on healthy oceans and coasts, and more than one-third of the world’s population lives in coastal areas or on small islands.
Oceans provide people around the world with sustenance, economic opportunities, recreation and spiritual renewal.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
"M" is for the million things she gave me, "O" means only that she's growing old, "T" is for the tears she shed to save me, "H" is for her heart of purest gold; "E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining, "R" means right, and right she'll always be, Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER," A word that means the world to me. by Howard Johnson