Regardless of your location, you can take action to protect the oceans! A healthy ocean means a healthy society. Phytoplankton is a microscopic ocean-dwelling algae that uses sunlight and carbon dioxide to produce energy and oxygen. They produce more than 50% of the oxygen that makes up our atmosphere, which is more than the amount of oxygen produced by all the rainforests combined. Keeping the phytoplankton happy and healthy has a positive effect for the rest of the world. For those of you in the Chicagoland area, you can support the oceans by attending and participating in these events, starting June 8th. Those who live a bit farther away, check out the Inland Ocean Coalition website (link below) to find out if there is a chapter near you!