Help prevent plastic pollution this World Oceans Day

Plastic pollution on beach

June 8 is World Oceans Day and this year’s theme is ‘Our Oceans, Our Future’, which encourages all of us to find solutions to plastic pollution and prevent marine litter for healthier oceans.

Plastic bags, straws and tiny pieces of plastic known as ‘microplastics’ all pose a serious threat to marine life and habitats. The bad news is that plastic pollution is increasing. But the good news? It’s preventable! Reducing the reliance on single-use plastics and making sustainable choices when buying or using packaging are some of the easy ways to reduce the amount of plastic in the oceans.

“Many of these items are items of convenience used just for a few minutes and are not needed in the first place,” said Ross Headifern, vice-president of Beach Patrol, a network of volunteer groups that clean Melbourne’s beaches. “Plastic bags and straws are simple examples that we could readily do without.”

World Oceans Day aims to raise the profile of the ocean and inspire involvement in helping to conserve it and is expected to be celebrated in over 100 countries.

The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council has developed a simple way for the public to take action and express their concern about plastic rubbish in the ocean. People can make a commitment to reduce their use of disposable plastics at and encourage others to do the same on social media using #CleanSeas and #WorldOceansDay.