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Keep The Ocean Clean: A Message from Oxford the Octopus (and Coloring Pages)

Category: Coloring/Activity Pages

Published: Tuesday, May 19, 2009




Dear Friends,

Did you know there is a section of the Pacific Ocean bigger than the United States that is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? My friends at the Surfrider Foundation say that "100 million tons of plastic" swirl in that patch. The bad news is that this plastic ends up in the stomachs of my friends, the marine birds and ocean animals. In fact, one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals around the world die each year due from swallowing or getting tangled in plastic.

 A plastic bag looks alot like a sea jelly, a favorite food of sea turtles. (Photo: Melbourne Zoo)


Plastic is made from petroleum and it lasts almost forever. That is why it is so important to me that all people try to greatly reduce their use of plastics, especially plastics we use only once and throw away.  You can make a difference and help protect the ocean, beaches and my friends who live in the sea. Here are some things that you and your families can do:

1. Use reusable bottles for water and other drinks. (By using just one reusable bottle, you will keep 167 single-use plastic bottles from entering the environment.

2. Bring cloth or reusable bags to the grocery store to carry your things. (For each reusable bag you use, it will save approximately 400 plastics from being used).

3. Reuse or recycle the plastic bags you already have. (For every thirteen plastic bags you don't use, you will save enough petroleum to drive a car one mile).

4. Learn more and share ideas with others on how to reduce plastic use.

5. Don't litter. Ever. (But you knew that already)

Thank you for helping to keep the ocean clean.  After all, the ocean is my home.


Oxford the Octopus

p.s. To find out more about how to keep the ocean clean for all ocean animals, click here and listen to the animal song  Keep the Ocean Clean  from the CD IF I WERE A FISH an Other Ocean Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. (Animal songs are Birdsong's favorite way to talk about keeping the ocean clean).

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