Protecting our oceans starts with just one small change


48 Days of Blue

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We all know you celebrated Earth Day in April, but have you marked your calendar on June 8 for World Oceans Day, which celebrates and honors the world’s oceans? 

In honor of World Oceans Day, the Baltimore-based National Aquarium is asking you to celebrate by joining its 48 Days of Blue campaign, which challenges participants to make small changes in their daily lives that can benefit the health of our oceans and our planet.

“Everything we do on-land has a downstream effect,” said Eric Schwaab, National Aquarium chief conservation officer. “By participating in our 48 Days of Blue challenge, we hope people begin to realize how simple it can be to improve and preserve our amazing blue planet for generations to come.” 

The 48 Days of Blue challenge, which began on Earth Day, ends on World Oceans Day (June 8), but we encourage you to continue these challenges well after the campaign is over.

After you sign up here, the aquarium will email you one small challenge to complete each day. Challenges include joining a local cleanup, shortening your shower by two minutes and skipping the straw in your drink. You can share your experiences and ask questions on social media by using #48DaysOfBlue. 

If you’re not convinced it’s worth your energy, check out these facts:

  • Approximately 500 million plastic straws are used and disposed of in the U.S. every day. That’s enough to fill 127 school buses.
  • Americans use an estimated 100 billion plastic bags each year. Floating in the ocean, these bags are often mistaken for jellyfish by unassuming sea turtles and other marine species.
  • Transportation accounts for one-fourth of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States every year. An average passenger vehicle emits 5.1 metric tons of CO2 per year.
  • Only 2.5% of our planet’s water is freshwater, while a staggering 97.5 percent is saltwater.
  • A bathroom faucet runs at approximately two gallons of water per minute.
  • It takes an estimated 1,850 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef.