4 easy ways to positively impact the ocean over the next 48 days


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We all have the power to change the environment — for better or for worse. Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22, is a day to reflect on that and make a positive impact on our planet. Despite the fact that water covers 71% of our world, the ocean and the many issues surrounding it tend to get overlooked, even on Earth Day.

That changes this year. The National Aquarium is urging everyone to show our blue planet some love between April 22 and World Oceans Day on June 8. All you have to do to show your support is take a simple pledge and commit to it for the next 48 days.

Choose from one (or more!) of these four options for #48DaysOfBlue:


Ditch the plastic bottles.

Pledge to use a reusable water bottle instead of the plastic single-use ones that pollute our waters. (Plus, ditching these unsustainable bottles can save you up to $250 a year!)


Change up your commute.

Pledge to leave your car at home twice a week. Carpooling, biking, walking or using some form of public transportation in lieu of driving two days a week can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by 2 tons a year.


Carry around reusable bags.

Pledge to carry all of your purchases with reusable bags. You can save 400 to 600 plastic bags every year instead of contributing to the 33 million tons Americans discard annually.


Turn off the tap.

Pledge to turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. It can save a staggering 200 gallons of water a month.



Go to 48DaysOfBlue.com, where you can choose a pledge and share it through Twitter or Facebook. Spread the word with #48DaysOfBlue!