Youth Ocean Advocates beach cleanup
Our amazing Youth Ocean Advocates share the results of a beach cleanup in pre-social-distancing days.


What a week of at-home engagement it’s been! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about some of the ways the Aquarium is taking action on behalf of the marine environment and for sustainability in general.

And now we’d like to share with you a few of the many ways our staff and volunteers are making a difference for the planet and ocean with small, everyday actions. Check out our YouTube playlist to see what they’re up to—from (safely) picking up trash on daily dog walks to using sustainable food wrap, and more! We’ve also got some great tips from staff that you can try on your own:

Stevie, outreach coordinator

Organize and lead a socially distanced beach cleanup.
—Stevie, outreach coordinator

Diana, marine science interpreter

Buy secondhand clothes.
—Diana, marine science interpreter

Jasmine, gift shop manager

Conserve water when brushing your teeth, use reusable cups, eat less meat, refuse plastic straws and lids, reuse and repurpose items, and take care of local bees (they love lavender; you can also leave a shallow water tray out for them).
—Jasmine, gift shop manager

Margaret, marine science interpreter

Fix things instead of throwing them away, shop locally and choose reusable items instead of single-use ones.
—Margaret, marine science interpreter

Nora, ocean policy manager

Contact your city council to ask them to pass policies that reduce plastic pollution.
—Nora, ocean policy manager

Mariko, animal care specialist

Take military showers (short showers that save water).
—Mariko, animal care specialist

Sharon, senior graphic designer

Purchase biodegradable pet waste bags for your dog.
—Sharon, senior graphic designer

Adrienne, prospect researcher

Collect and recycle daily wear contact lenses and their packaging. Check out Bausch & Lomb’s One by One Recycling Program!
—Adrienne, prospect researcher


Would it be a weekly wrap-up without some trivia? We didn’t think so! See how you do, then challenge your friends!

1. About how much trash enters the world’s ocean every single minute of every single day?
A. Enough to fill the back of the average pickup truck
B. A garbage-truck’s worth
C. Enough to span the Brooklyn Bridge
D. Enough to reach the height of the Space Needle

2. If you eat shellfish regularly, you’re probably also eating…
A. Drawn butter
B. Bits of shell
C. Microplastics
D. Mud

3. Which items can be composted at home or in a Seattle “Clean Green” bin?
A. Eggshells
B. Packing peanuts
C. Greasy pizza boxes
D. Tinfoil

4. What can you do to help our one world ocean? 
A. Participate in a local restoration project 
B. Swim in it as much as possible
C. Commit to reducing your plastic consumption 
D. Share something you learned this week with your community

5. What can people do to help sharks and rays? 
A. Avoid shark products
B. Support organizations helping sharks
C. Start a sharks and rays fan club
D. Tell your representatives that you’re concerned
E. Buy/consume only sustainable seafood

6. You can help sustain healthy tropical reefs by: 
A. Using reef-safe sunscreen
B. Gently massaging them
C. Eating sustainable seafood
D. Reducing the plastics you use 

7. True or false: As hermit crabs grow, they need to find new, larger shells to move into—that’s one reason it’s important to leave shells on the beach.

8. What impacts do oil spills have on sea otters? 
A. Hypothermia due to matting of fur 
B. Normal grooming process exposes animals to ingesting oil 
C. Loss of quality food source due to oil pollution 
D. All of the above.

9. As of 2019, how much space is required between a boat and a southern resident orca? 
A. 200 yards 
B. 300 yards on either side, and 400 yards in front of and behind the orca 
C. One mile in all directions 
D. None—boats can get as close as they want as long as they are careful

10. True or false: Kayaks are quiet, so according to current regulations it’s okay for them to get close to orcas. 


Did you miss any of the week’s activities? No worries—you can check them out now:

  • For an eye-opening look at how much waste is produced in your household—as well as ideas about how to reduce it—try our at-home trash audit activity, designed for teens and older.
  • Learn about the marine food web with our activity sheet.
  • Can you find the hidden litter in the tide pool? Give it a try with this activity sheet.
  • Learn more about the Aquarium’s sustainability efforts—and draw ideas you can try at home!
  • Download our Earth Action Week coloring sheet.


Octopuses and cuttlefish are cephalopods, oh my! Next week will be devoted to these amazing animals, with plenty of videos, activities, fascinating facts and more. Don’t miss it! We’ll post our weekly schedule on Sunday—and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for even more great content.

Trivia answers:
1. B
2. C
3. A, C
4. A, C, D
5. All but C—and even that might help!
6. A, C, D
7. True
8. D
9. B
10. False

Earth Action Week sponsored by The Boeing Company.



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