Earth Day 2020: Our Planet’s Blue Heart
This year, on April 22nd, Earth Day is celebrating its 50th anniversary! The theme this year is climate change. In 1970, the United States held its first Earth Day and some consider it to be the beginning of the “green” or environmentally-conscious mindset and movement. Now, more than ever, it is important to continue spreading awareness, enacting or inspiring change, and doing our part for the planet.
As ocean enthusiasts, we know that the ocean is a HUGE part of what makes our planet so wonderful and full of biodiversity. NOAA refers to the ocean as “the lifeblood of Earth, covering more than 70 percent of the planet's surface, driving weather, regulating temperature, and ultimately supporting all living organisms.” Here are some fun facts about the blue heart of planet Earth.
10 Beautiful Facts About the Blue Heart of Our Planet
- On average, the ocean is 3,795 meters (2.4 miles) in depth whereas, on land, the average height is 840 meters (0.5 miles).
- The ocean covers about ¾ of our planet’s surface (NOAA).
- We have mapped less than 20% of the ocean’s on our planet (NOAA).
- The ocean supports millions of jobs.
- Corals are the longest living animals on earth, they can live 5,000+ years! (NOAA).
- The planet’s longest mountain range is under the ocean (90% underneath), called the mid-ocean range. It covers 40,389 miles! (NOAA).
- It is estimated that 91% of marine species have not been classified, yet!
- 70% of the atmosphere’s oxygen comes from the ocean’s plant-life (National Geographic).
- It is possible to find lakes and rivers underneath the ocean (NOAA).
- There are more artifacts underwater than there are in all museums worldwide.
How Do We Celebrate?! Party for Mama Earth!
Whether you are just starting your journey in making green choices by reducing your carbon footprint, or you are a long-time PRO, here are a few things you can do to help celebrate during Earth Day! I hope this inspires you to keep our planet in mind with your daily choices. More tips and full information and statistics can be found here.
- Get a reusable water bottle! If you don’t already have one, please TREAT YOURSELF and get one, use it constantly and reduce your plastic consumption.
- Start composting→ our planet will definitely appreciate this!
- Plant a garden! This can be in your backyard, community, in your home, on your balcony, wherever! This a great project during quarantine and social distancing times, as well.
- Buy a tree certificate. If you’re looking for a gift for someone, or want to treat yourself again, you can protect trees in your name or someone else’s name.
- Build a birdhouse or start a bee farm. Another great home project to build a home and create a healthy and responsible human-wildlife interaction.
- Invest in reusable grocery bags and/or reusable produce bags! I know these aren’t being accepted at most grocery stores right now, but when they are, it will really cut down on waste!
- Go outside, go on a local hike, find a spot and journal, enjoy our planet and appreciate it. Post your findings to encourage others, too.
Happy Earth Day! Stay safe, and go GREEN and go BLUE!
Written By: Bailey Higa