Today is World Oceans Day a global celebration of our oceans established to promote conservation and "remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life." The United Nations designated June 8 to be World Oceans Day in 2008, and in the years since, this observance has reminded us of both the beauty of the oceans and the pressing need to be aware of our environmental footprint.

At Marley Natural, we're lucky we get to constantly marvel at the beautiful places around the world where cannabis is grown. We've spent time meeting ganja growers on beautiful green farms in Jamaica and seen the Pacific from shores up and down the West Coast. Those experiences are why our social impact initiative, Rise Up, focuses on issues of environmental sustainability in addition to social justice. 

In Jamaica, one of the programs Marley Natural supports is Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary. Oracabessa is primarily a fishing community where local fishers play an important role in the social and economic fabric of the area. Unfortunately, overfished waters means their livelihoods are under threat. Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary helps to ensure local fishers can have a sustainable source of income. Since 2011, the Fish Sanctuary has seen a 1300% increase in fish biomass, which has helped promote sustainable fishing and supported local fishers.

Rise Up hosts programs in the United States, too. If you're in California and would like to join us in our quest to save the planet, come out June 25 from 10:00 a.m. to noon for our Beach Clean-Up with Rose Collective in Venice. Save the date ― we're hoping to see our friends in the Los Angeles area, help clean up the ocean, and pass out some swag. 

Today might be World Oceans Day, but the oceans are something we need to consider in our daily lives, too. By putting sustainability at the forefront of our thoughts and committing ourselves to one project at a time, we can put forward positive vibrations that amplify to change the world. 

Hugh Gilmore