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National Aquarium relaunches ’48 Days of Blue’ campaign

The National Aquarium has brought back its 48 Days of Blue campaign to teach people about the importance of protecting the ocean. From Earth Day (which was Friday) to World Oceans Day on June 8, people will be asked to make changes in their daily lives, such as taking shorter showers, using recyclable napkins and sandwich bags or turning off electronics for an hour.

“It’s been said that the best way to imagine Earth without its ocean is to look at Mars. No ocean, no us,” said John Racanelli, CEO of the National Aquarium, in a statement. “In the 48 days between Earth Day and World Ocean Day, we will inspire people to learn new ways to protect our planet through simple, effective personal actions.”

Each day, participants are asked to complete one small challenge, which will be sent to them via email every morning. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and ask questions on social media by using the hashtag 48DaysOfBlue.

Last year, 4,000 people participated in the challenge and saved 29,486 pounds of plastic, 11.7 million gallons of water and 750,000 watts of energy from being wasted, the Aquarium said.