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June 8, 2018 is World Oceans Day.
All of us are moved by stories of hurting animals, polluted seas, and endangered species.
Have you ever wondered how you could get involved and be a part of the solution?
Right now, you have a chance to make a difference using just your phone, tablet or computer.
During the month of June, the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (an accrediting agency that holds members accountable for the treatment of their animals) is promoting Our World Oceans Month, a campaign meant to spread awareness of conservation efforts and needs around the world.
This campaign is comprised of events at member facilities, special projects, and even a designated social media campaign that encompasses every single member’s online platform.
As a result of this united educational and digital effort, millions of people around the world are reached with a message of responsibility and conservation. People who otherwise would have little to do with oceanic conservation are challenged to take action.
Want to help this wonderful campaign? There are several ways to help get the word out.
First, follow your local member organizations on social media. Increase their following and show them that their efforts are supported. While you’re on their page, like and share their posts; you’ll instantly increase the campaign’s reach and maximize the organization’s effort.
Second, go for a visit! Sure, it’s enjoyable to read about the amazing creatures at parks and aquariums, but it’s an incredible experience to encounter these animals face-to-face. Even better, your ticket price goes toward feeding the animals, supporting conservation efforts and even funding animal rescues!
Lastly, commit to preserving our oceans by properly disposing of your plastic debris. All the events and followers in the world are useless if we continue to endanger animals through our irresponsible practices. Be an instrument of change, one garbage item at a time.
With aquariums so often under attack from radical activists these days, it’s so refreshing to see organizations like AMMPA and their affiliates fighting back by putting animals first.
Campaigns like these show the important role aquariums, zoos, and parks play in educating the public and instigating real, lasting change. We can all learn from their dedication and commitment.