“The next five years may be the most important in the next ten thousand for our planet. There are plenty of reasons for hope, yet every day, doors of opportunity close. We know what to do. Now is the time to act.”
– Dr. Sylvia Earle
Make a Difference Right Now!
- Mission Blue depends on the generosity of people just like you to explore and protect Hope Spots. Every dollar you donate helps our continued efforts to inspire a world where the ocean is protected and respected. Now, as never before, we have the chance to save what’s left of the living systems that support life on our planet. We should act as if our lives depend on a healthy ocean—because they do.
- Learn about Mission Blue’s Hope Spots—special places that are vital to the health of the ocean—and share what you learn with others. By igniting a movement to protect Hope Spots through the establishment of a global network of marine protected areas, we can restore the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet.
- Lower your carbon footprint: Our greenhouse gas emissions are causing climate change and ocean acidification. By driving less and carpooling, flying less, using less electricity, choosing renewable energy (solar power, hybrid vehicles, etc) whenever possible and voting for policymakers who believe in solving climate change, we can all make a big difference for the ocean and all of life on Earth.
- Choose not to eat marine wildlife: Overfishing is another huge issue impacting the ocean. By choosing not to eat seafood, or as Dr. Earle calls it, marine wildlife, we can help by showing fisheries that there’s less demand for their fish supply and we want them to leave the fish, mollusks and other edible marine life in the sea where it belongs. Of course, many people around the world depend on protein from the ocean to survive, and artisanal fisheries are crucial for many coastal populations. But in America and other developed countries, we have more of a choice.
- Stop using single-use plastics: Plastic pollution is clogging up waterways and poisoning marine creatures from sea turtles to fish and seabirds. By carrying a reusable water bottle and avoiding using plastic drinking straws, utensils, etc., we can greatly reduce the amount of plastic thrown into landfills that often release plastics into the ocean.
- Use your own special talent to help fight for the ocean “Look in the mirror, consider your talents, and think about how you might use them to make a difference. Some have artistic skills, others are good with numbers or have a way with words. Everyone has power to make a difference as an individual, or by joining the company of others who share a common goal. The key is in knowing that what you do matters, including doing nothing!” – Dr. Sylvia Earle