Planet Earth is blue and there is something you can do too help keep it that way. Join in some cool conservation with 48 Days of Blue.

In the 48 days between Earth Day and World Oceans Day, the National Aquarium is encouraging the public to join then in giving something back to our life-sustaining blue planet by completing daily conservation challenges as part of 48 Days of BlueAnd you thought it was all about the green, huh?

Green and blue depend on each other. They’re as intertwined in daily life as they are on a finger-painted canvas. Taking small steps in our everyday lives can go a long way to making a better picture of our planet’s future.

(cool) conservation with 48 days of blue

Skip the paper coffee cup. Replace the paper coffee cup from your favorite java shop with that hand-painted mug the kids made at the pottery place. Not only does that help cut down waste it’s sure to garner some smiles when you hand it over to the Barista. 

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While you’re at it, skip the straw. Not-So-Fun-Fact: Approximately 500 million plastic straws are used and disposed of in the U.S. every day. That’s enough to fill 127 school buses. I’m guilty of gratuitous straw usage. Cans, cups, water bottles… I put straws in almost every drink I imbibe. No more. The thought of just one school bus filled with straws – let alone 126 more – boggles my brain. From now on I’m sippin’ naked, or at least straw-free.

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Turn off the faucet. Did you catch the Super Bowl ads this year? Remember the powerful one that showed a little girl in ragged clothes relishing a drink of water from a bathroom tap? Maybe you missed it because you couldn’t get Puppy-Baby-Monkey out of your head. Seriously, I may be permanently scarred by that one.   

The message in that particular ad was to point out that in many countries, fresh water is a rare commodity that some in other places squander. A bathroom faucet runs at approximately two gallons of water per minute. Let the water run while you’re brushing your teeth and gallons follow down the drain. Turning off the faucet has zero effect on how well-brushed those chompers are. We’re always on our kids to turn off the water when they brush, but mostly because of the cost. Maybe if they see it as a conservation effort things will change.

During last year’s 48 Days of Blue campaign, nearly 4,000 people from around the world participated in the challenge, which saved 29,486 pounds of plastic, 11.7 million gallons of water and 750,000 watts of energy from being wasted. Now that is something I’d like to be a part of. How about you?

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The best part? It’s easy to do. Sign up to take part and challenges will be delivered via email every morning. Make it fun for the whole family by turning each day’s email into a surprise challenge to take on together. Show us how your family is keeping Planet Earth blue {and green} by using the hashtags #coolprogeny and #48DaysofBlue when your share online.