This is an important week for the global environment. Not only did we celebrate World Environment Day on June 5th, but today is also World Oceans Day 2018. Water is all around us. But humans have negatively impacted the oceans on our planet and the wildlife that lives in them. Today, we will reflect on these issues and commit to real solutions for healthier oceans. Following suit with the various environmental commemoration days this year, World Oceans Day 2018 will focus on preventing plastic pollution.Why is World Oceans Day 2018 Important? Water makes up most of our planet. It is the source of life for every living thing. This includes humans. Oceans generate oxygen, regulate our climate, and clean our waters. They are also the source of some of the largest biodiversity on the planet. Oceans are as much part of our habitat as they are for thousands of other species. Despite this, our actions have endangered our oceans and the organisms that live in them. We dump waste and plastic into the water producing contamination and pollution. According to the United Nations, nearly 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year. World Oceans Day is an opportunity for us to reflect on these issues and come up with really effective solutions.This year, the day will focus on reducing plastic pollution, particularly reducing single-use plastics. World Environment Day 2018 and Mother Earth Day 2018 also tackled this important topic.5 NGOs Working for Healthier Oceans There are thousands of NGOs around the world that are working for cleaner water and more sustainable environmental solutions. Today, we want to highlight the work of 5 NGOs that are doing incredible work in protecting, preserving, and cleaning up our oceans.1. The Ocean CleanupFounded in 2013, The Ocean Cleanup is working on advanced technological solutions to clean up plastic that contaminates our oceans. The company has launched its first prototype passive system for plastic clean up and is scheduled to start its first trials this year.The Ocean Cleanup2. OceanaExclusively dedicated to ocean protection, Oceana’s main work is in advocacy. The organization launches science and evidence-based campaigns to promote policy changes in ocean protection. Since its founding in 2001, Oceana has been successful in 200 policy campaigns, protecting 3.5 million square miles of ocean.3. Sea ShepherdProtecting the world’s oceans is Sea Shepherd’s main objective. They investigate, document, expose, and address illegal activities that pollute Sea Shepherd does so by providing sustainable solutions to plastic waste management, water management, technical assessments, community education, and more.4. Ocean Preservation SocietyWith an artistic approach, Ocean Preservation Society works to protect the world’s oceans. In 2009, the organization won the Best Documentary Academy Award for their film The Cove. The movie exposes ecological crimes that originated in Taiji, Japan. Their other projects include documentaries, art exhibits, and projection films among others.5. The Ocean FoundationA platform for ocean protection, The Ocean Foundation works on multiple levels for healthier oceans. The organization receives donations and raises funds to divert them into a variety of projects. Their lines of work include sponsorship, active funding, grant-making, consulting, research, capacity building, andBe the Change that You Want to See Want to be part of the solution for healthier oceans? There are many ways in which each one of us can contribute. On this World Oceans Day, participate in one of the many events that will be hosted around the world. Or take it a step further and organize your own event! You can register it on the World Oceans Day platform. To help you with ideas and planning, the site provides a wide range of resources. For example, you can teach a class on beating plastic pollution. Alternatively, you can share key messages through your social media accounts to raise awareness about the issue. Last but not least, you can commit to taking steps to reduce plastic pollution especially from single-use plastics.We Help You to Travel Where it is Needed MostWe believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most. As a global humanitarian travel organization, we devote ourselves to serving those who serve the world. As part of our commitment to a healthy environment, we work to ensure CO2 compensation for humanitarian travel. Our experienced staff can be reached at any given time. Please use our quick address locator to contact your nearest Raptim office should you have any questions. You can also follow our blog for more stories and travel information.