Dolphin Connection Blog - January 2013

Happy New Year everyone. Here at Dolphin Connection, we certainly hope your holiday celebrations included beautiful sunsets, saltwater waves and of course swimming with dolphins. If not, maybe it’s a good resolution to make for yourself in 2013: The promise to spend more time enjoying nature’s beauty. Along with a love and appreciation for our planet comes an obligation to take care of it, and now that the season of celebrations is over, we thought we might share some ideas with you for doing just that. In fact, the two are not mutually exclusive: How about a party for the planet?!

The Ocean Project, one of our favorite sites for ocean conservation information and inspiration, has put together a list of marine-themed parties. If you’ve found your way to this blog, chances are that you’re already an ocean-lover so dedicating an entire celebration to that passion seems only natural. Here are just a few ideas from The Ocean Project that we like and we think you might too.

ACT FOR THE ANGELFISH by devoting your New Year's resolution to our ocean. Congratulate yourself for the changes — big and small — you've made this year to conserve our ocean's health and the global community of people and species that depend on it. As you think ahead to 2013, keep these changes in mind and see what others you can add to the list. Many personal goals will benefit both you and our ocean!

TURN THE TIDE FOR TURTLES by considering a gift that doesn't come in a box. For all the birthdays and celebrations you’ll be a part of in 2013, keep in mind that a gift doesn't have to have a big ecological footprint to have a big impact on someone you care about. The gift of your time or expertise is a generous and much-appreciated alternative to plastic wrap and tape. Or think about how long your gift will last — your aim should be something durable and long-lasting, whether it's to keep in the heart or hold in your hands.

MAKE A WHALE OF AN EFFORT by hosting a green party. As the fast paced holiday season winds down, we can all use some time to relax and rejuvenate. Consider hosting a green post-holiday party at your home, replete with evergreen scraps from local Christmas trees for decoration and locally grown or made food on the menu. Think about what the holidays mean to you and see if you can keep this feeling alive all year long, while spreading the love throughout our oceans and all around our planet.

These are just a few ideas, but we bet you can come up with a bunch of your own. What are some ways that you will be honoring the oceans in 2013? We’d love to hear about them! Visit our website and tell us of your plans. By sharing your ideas on the web, we can make it a truly global party!