Southampton Boat Show celebrates #WorldOceansDay

The oceans are vital to us all, bringing all the joy, freedom and anticipation we love to enjoy and endure as fortunate boat lovers. #WorldOceansDay highlights how we can all make a positive difference no matter how big or small a change. The fact is, 8m tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans, how can we work together to help reduce this and protect our environment? We have pulled together a few interesting facts and tips to help you get started, so let’s celebrate #WorldOceansDay together!

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Why are the oceans so important to us?

  • The oceans cover about 70% of the earth’s surface
  • Generating 70% of the oxygen we breathe
  • They provide a great source of delicious and nutritious food
  • Our climate is regulated by the oceans
  • We can all gain a great sense of wellbeing from enjoy the big blue
  • Presents a plethora of medicines
  • And of course ….. they provide immeasurable inspiration!

It is extremely important for us, at Southampton Boat Show, to help commit to raising awareness of the importance of keeping our oceans clean by finding solutions that are environmentally friendly and cause the least harm to sea life. We are pledging to create a more sustainable Southampton Boat Show for 2018 by:

  • No single use plastic straws
  • No single use plastic cutlery
  • Sustainably sourced seafood in our Mariner’s Grill & Bar
  • Showcasing the newest technology that is helping keep our oceans clean and hosting workshops with wildlife expert to teach us all about the mysteries beneath the ocean waves

What does the #WorldOceansDay stand for?

The aim of the day is to raise awareness of how we can “prevent plastic pollution and encourage solutions for a healthy ocean” and secure a better future.

Protect what you love. Encourage your family, friends and local community to start creating a better future. Working together, we will protect our shared ocean. In brief, here are the key objectives outlined by #WorldOceansDay:

  • Change perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the oceans mean to them
  • Learn – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them
  • Change our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the oceans! Making small changes to your everyday habits will make a difference
  • Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the oceans. Take the time to think about how the oceans affect you, and how you affect the oceans, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our oceans.

How together we can make a difference

You may be reading this thinking, how can I help? There are many simple actions we can start to take today. Let’s conserve our ocean and those who live, reproduce and grow in it. Our key message today is, let’s work together to prevent plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.

Our Top Tips for #WorldOceansDay

  • You can help remove the plastic by volunteering to help clear local beaches and rivers
  • Buy reusable products like Bags for Life and Tupperware
  • Invest in a refillable glass or metal bottle for your beverages
  • Don’t use single use plastic straws! Instead invest in reusable metal or glass straws
  • Recycle your plastic
  • Avoid any oil and gas spillages by understanding how much your boat’s tank can hold
  • Ensure you fuel your boat at the dock and never while in the water
  • Clean your boat as often as possible with fresh water
  • Source and use environmentally friendly cleaning products to avoid chemicals that may be harmful or destructive

Consider what you are buying and how it effects the environment long term:

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