Happy Earth Day!
Since there’s so much going on today, here’s a list of things you can do right now to protect the blue marble we call home. Enjoy!
1. Support a ‘safe zone’ for Pacific leatherbacks.
Tell the government to expand critical habitat for endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtles to more than 70,000 square miles off the coast of Washington, Oregon and California. Comments are due tomorrow, April 23, so please voice your support today.
2. Take action with Sigourney on ocean acidification.
You can take action too -- tell your representative to support a Congressional resolution that will support policies to study and address the effects of ocean acidification.
3. Stop expanded offshore drilling.
An oil rig about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana exploded Tuesday, in what could be one of the country’s deadliest offshore drilling accidents of the past 50 years. Seventeen people were injured in the blast.
Tell your senator today that you won’t stand for expanded offshore drilling.
4. Bid and text for the oceans.
Today is Christie’s Green Auction, which benefits Oceana, Conservation International, NRDC and Central Park Conservancy. Check out the online auction items, or for a cheaper option, you can text “GoGreen” to 20222 to make a $10 donation today.
5. Watch Waterston.
Oceana board member Sam Waterston appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program discussing our addiction to oil. Look out for another appearance from Sam on msnbc today.
6. Tell your friends: blue is the new green.
Check out The Huffington Post's slideshow of nine reasons why blue is the new green, from plankton to ocean acidification to the vast, unexplored depths, and tell your friends.
7. A win for sneaky cephalopods.
And finally, just for fun: here's a video brought to you by Cephalopod Productions. A videographer was filming off the coast of New Zealand when an octopus grabbed his camera and swam off with it while the camera was still recording.
What else are you doing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day? Let us know in the comments.
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