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Organizations are rallying together to support the ocean decade

The United Nations has declared 2021-2030 to be the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, or the “ocean decade.” Earth is mostly covered by ocean, so it makes sense that Earth Day would celebrate ocean conservation. 

In support of Earth Day and the ocean decade, a non profit is working to raise $100,000.00 to remove 100,000 pounds of plastic trash from the ocean. To celebrate the conjunction of both Earth Day and the organization’s 10th birthday, Ocean Blue Project has already gotten corporate partners to pledge $60,000 to the cause. This a grand beginning towards Ocean Blue’s goal of removing a million pounds of plastic trash from oceans by the middle of the Ocean Decade. 

Due to partnerships with several businesses and other organizations, Ocean Blue Project has made Earth Day 2022 one of the easiest days to give. If you’re interested in buying something with a percentage of the profit going toward the cause, there are options.

Next Level Burger is donating 10 percent to Ocean Blue for every Good Catch LTO Vegan Burger sold during Earth Month. From April 18th to 24th, EarthHero is contributing to one pound of ocean clean up for every dollar spent. Woolly Made is contributing a portion of wallet sales to Ocean Blue.

If you would rather donate money directly, Earth Day is a good time for that as well. The All at Once Initiative is partnering with the Johnson Ohana Foundation. From April 1st, Jack Johnson will be matching all donations to Ocean Blue of up to $2,500. 

Other groups and businesses are also getting in on the action. Earth Breeze is leading campus cleanups by promising to remove 5,000 pounds of plastic garbage. They’re promoting this by giving out free samples of their dryer sheets without plastic packaging. HMTX Industries is pledging to remove 500 pounds of plastic garbage as well. 

To do your part to support the Ocean Decade, donate money, support a business that is donating, or simply go pick up some plastic trash and recycle it.       

By Zach Fitzner, Staff Writer

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