Last week we discussed four different actions that you could take to start your journey as an Ocean Guardian. This week we will be looking at ways you can make an impact from the smartphone in your pocket or from your desk! While we urge you to get outdoors and stay active, we understand that it’s easier said than done. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to contribute to the Ocean Guardian cause from right at your desk! In today’s technology-driven society, many of us spend more time surfing the internet than surfing the waves. So how can we make the best use of this resource? Use it for ocean advocacy?
Share the Ocean Guardian Pledge with your network
At Bodhi, we are lucky enough to view this magnificent entity on our horizon every day — but we know not everyone is so lucky. For those living far away from the coasts, it’s easy to forget how our actions inland can still trickle back into our blue seas. But let’s stay positive, continue to educate ourselves, and share the Ocean Guardian Pledge. The pledge is designed to have signees take a moment to reflect on what they did when visiting the ocean, and most importantly, how it made them feel. We can only hope that this reflection serves as motivation to want to pay it back. You can take a second to share it on social media or even email out the pledge to your people!
If you want to even go further, we encourage and applaud you! By affirming our commitment to protect Mother Earth, this collective effort can better ensure that our children and grandchildren prosper and experience the true beauty of this planet. Here are some more pledges that you can take right from your desk chair, train ride home, or even in your tree hammock!
- 4Rs Pledge – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by the Plastic Pollution Coalition
- Promise to Repair – commit to fixing more things this year, which will save you money, protect the planet, and make broken stuff work once again!
Keep yourself informed
Today, the internet is almost as vast as our oceans. In fact, studies show that the average person will spend more than five years of their lives on social media. Let’s make the best use of our “scrolling” time and use digital networks as support to ensure our Ocean Guardian efforts don’t fall by the wayside.
Next time you open your favorite social media outlet, do something positive just by using your fingertips and follow an organization that lets you be an environmentally-aware citizen. By constantly reminding yourself of the inspiring work people are doing, you can feel fueled to live in a more empowered way as well. Below are some organizations doing great work, but they are by no means the only ones that you should check out!
- Surfrider Foundation – If you are located on a coast it’s likely there’s a chapter in your area
- 1% for the Planet – Connecting businesses, consumers, and non-profits
- Waterkeeper Alliance – A growing global movement for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water
- David Suzuki Foundation – One of Canada’s largest environmental and social activist organizations
- Travelers’ Philanthropy – By the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)
You have the power to turn the tide
Instead of taking that morning selfie, take a second and think of how powerful this handheld computer is in your hands. We have the choice to use this phone to encourage wide spread awareness and make instrumental campaigns for our networks to follow! Social media really is an extension of our physical presence and should be treated this way. So, use it to interact in positive ways and never be afraid to reach out to an organization and tell them what you think. Take it upon yourself as an Ocean Guardian to become a pillar of inspiration. Then whenever you need a pick-me-up, just peep those awesome organizations you just followed!
Written by Kerry Dunn