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Ways to Give Back to Our Ocean This Holiday Season

When it comes to supporting our ocean this year, there are so many ways to give back

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As we enter the 2020 holiday season, we can’t help but be reminded of the warmth of the season. And by warmth, we’re not talking about the temperature outside: we’re talking about the sense of hope and joy that comes from the extra dose of gratitude and love we tend to show each other during this season. We are reminded of what we’re thankful for, what matters most to us, and what we want to dedicate more of our time and attention to as we inch closer and closer toward the new year.

As we dive into December, don’t forget that our ocean could use that gift of support, too—and every tiny effort counts when it comes to protecting it. Whether you support our ocean by signing a petition to protect the Arctic or donating in honor of a loved one with a passion for the sea, there are so many ways to add the ocean to your holiday list of ways to give back this year. Let’s dive into just a few:

Take action to help us fight for clean and healthy seas

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Visiting our Action Center is one of the easiest, quickest and most direct ways to make a positive impact for our ocean this holiday season. From combatting ocean plastic pollution to keeping the Arctic safe from oil spills to protecting endangered species, we’re always offering a host of ways you can use your voice to stand up for the ocean. There are currently ten actions available for you to take, and you could do them all in one day if you wanted to! The only thing you’ll need to decide: which action will you take first?

Give the gift of our ocean to your loved ones this year

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If someone in your life loves the ocean more than anything, what better gift to give them than the gift of a donation in their honor? Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for the holidays or birthday or another special occasion, making a gift in someone’s name for a cause close to their heart is the perfect way to honor them. You can also give gifts in memory of friends, family and other loved ones who have passed on, too.

Keep sustainability in mind this holiday season

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Ocean Conservancy has many partners that support our work for a healthy, thriving ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. Just a few of these companies dedicated to our cause include:

  • rockflowerpaper’s blu collection is comprised of reusable shopping bags, reusable sponges, water bottles, and recycled cotton clothing.
  • Namely Earth has developed a jewelry concept in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a bead representing each goal, including one for the ocean.
  • Olivela is the luxury retail concept with purpose, donating 20% of net proceeds from every purchase to their cause partners, including Ocean Conservancy. 20% of net proceeds constitute at least 8% of the price from each purchase.
  • Bearaby creates high-quality weighted blankets using plastic-free materials that are made from GOTS-certified organic cotton and sustainably sourced eucalyptus fiber.
  • Outerknown, founded by professional surfer Kelly Slater, makes men’s and women’s apparel using planet-friendly materials and a sustainable supply network. Outerknown’s goal is to choose the most responsible path for people and planet.
  • byta makes insulated stainless steel beverage tumblers and bottles, saving more than 14.5 million disposable cups and bottles that could have entered our environment to date.
  • The Sea Glass Company is a family-run business located in coastal North Carolina that specializes in custom-etched glass straws and bottles. The company is dedicated to protecting our ocean and all marine life, and is a member of Ocean Conservancy’s Business Champions program.
  • Line in the Sand is a woman-led small business focusing on empowering women and the planet through the sale of clothing and accessories made from recycled materials, and is dedicated to giving back to ocean and cancer nonprofits.

Start your own fundraiser on Facebook and Instagram

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Did you know you can start your own fundraiser for Ocean Conservancy on Facebook and Instagram? By setting up your own campaign on Facebook or using the donate button to raise funds on Instagram stories, you have a world of opportunity to make a difference for marine life and the conservation work needed to protect them right at your fingertips. If just fifty of your friends donated just five dollars or less, imagine the impact you could make in just one campaign!

Give back to our conservation initiatives with AmazonSmile

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© Christian Wiediger

There are little ways you can give back to our ocean that add up to big results, and making sure to use AmazonSmile whenever you shop on Amazon is one of them! This charitable program created by Amazon costs you nothing at all; simply shop using this link, and Amazon will donate a portion of the proceeds to Ocean Conservancy at no cost to you.

Download the Clean Swell app

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Our Clean Swell app makes it easy for you to upload information about any trash that you pick up while in nature. The data is automatically added to our global ocean trash database, providing insights to everyone from researchers to policy-makers as we work to prevent ocean trash from reaching our natural environment in the first place. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices, so be sure to download it so you’re ready to log any trash you come across while outdoors.

Don’t forget that our ocean could use a gift this season, too


There’s nothing that unifies our world quite like our ocean. Here at Ocean Conservancy, we’re on the frontlines of ocean protection, investing in research, leadership and advocacy to advance science-based solutions for our blue planet. Whether you’re able to give $5 or $50, every dollar makes an impact in the fight to preserve and protect the sea. By giving today, you’ll be making a difference by helping fund the work we do to secure a positive future for our ocean.

At the end of the day, we all give back to our ocean in different ways. The most important thing is that we never forget how much it gives to us without ceasing, how often it ensures we maintain a sense of hope and resilience simply by being inspired by it. No matter what you do for the ocean this year, what matters most is that we all do what we can, even if that’s with the tiniest gift or quickest online action. Because at the end of the day, the greatest gift the ocean can receive is a returned gesture of love and appreciation from all of us. And all of us isn’t all of us without you, friend.

How will you give back this year? We can’t wait to find out!

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