Seas the Day in June: Explore the Outdoors!

Enjoy the outdoors this World Oceans Day month by exploring the shore or other natural areas near you. This could be a beach on the coast, a lake or pond inland, a wetland, a riverbank, or something else entirely! Many studies have shown links between nature connectedness and an individual’s happiness and mental well-being. So if you’re feeling stressed, try taking a walk through a park or along a nearby waterway or pond.

Get Your Hands Dirty

Did you know that a type of bacteria in soil, called Mycobacterium vaccae, is believed to improve immune system function, reduce anxiety, and boost your mood? Last month, we talked about how to garden sustainably. Gardening is another great way to de-stress and get outdoors – you could even opt to do your weeding by hand to take advantage of that beneficial soil bacteria!

Another great way to get your hands dirty and experience nature is by volunteering for a local environmental conservancy. Depending on their projects, you could help out by removing invasive plants, planting flowers and trees, or doing other outdoor work.

Vacation Responsibly

Planning a vacation? Remember that you don’t need to go far from home to get a change of scenery – in fact, it’s often cheaper and less emissions-intensive to take a trip closer to home, considering the cost and emissions of airplane transportation. You could even be a tourist in your own city, and see the sights around you that you never visit! When you do reach your destination, wherever it may be, try to explore as much as possible by walking, biking, or taking public transportation. Not only will you be minimizing your carbon emissions, but you may also feel like you’re experiencing your destination on a closer level than if you were driving.

Finally, if you’re leaving home, make sure to turn off the lights, air conditioning/temperature control, and unplug all electronics (including your chargers, microwave, TV, and other appliances). It may sound insignificant, but having a lot of appliances that use up small amounts of energy when just plugged in adds up. The best way to prevent these “energy vampires” from sucking up unnecessary energy is to use power strips, so you can simply switch the power strip off without the hassle of unplugging everything.

Celebrate World Oceans Day!

Don’t forget, World Oceans Day is on June 8th! World Oceans Day is a great opportunity to get outside with friends, family, neighbors, and other ocean lovers. Try getting a group together for a cleanup on the beach, by a river, or in another natural area! All you need to do is pick a location, bring some garbage bags or bins, and teach your volunteers to separate recyclable from non-recyclable waste. See here for more activity ideas!

If you’re hosting an event, there’s still time to add it to the map!

How will you seas the day this month?

Seas the Day! Please use this information as you wish to spread the ocean conservation message. Each month, we feature a new conservation theme with ways to help so come back regularly for more ocean-helping ideas and tips!

Alexandra Thomsen 01-Jun-2016