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World Oceans Day

June 8th is World Oceans Day!

We are all connected to the oceans no matter where we live — inland or on the coast. By exploring our links to the oceans, we learn how closely connected we are to the ocean, and how what we do in our backyard and community can have a positive or negative effect on our oceans.

The concept for World Oceans Day was first proposed by Canada at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008.

World Oceans Day is an opportunity to honor the world's oceans for their beauty, resources and services they provide, and the mysteries that lurk in their depths. It is also a time to think about the future of our oceans, a serious consideration when global pollution and industry have placed a strain on many ocean-dwelling species.

The Ocean Project, working in partnership with the World Ocean Network, has been promoting World Oceans Day since 2003 with its network of over 1,200 organizations and others throughout the world. These groups have been working to build greater awareness of the crucial role of the ocean in our lives and the important ways people can help. World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to get directly involved in protecting our future, through a new mindset and personal and community action and involvement – beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, sustainable seafood events, and other planned activities help to raise consciousness of how our lives depend on the oceans.

The objectives of World Oceans Day are:

  • Change attitudes — encourage individuals to think about what the oceans mean to each of us, and what oceans have to offer.
  • Learn — discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful creatures and habitats found in the oceans, and how our actions affect them.
  • Change our ways — encourage each of us to become caretakers of our oceans, and to conserve them for our future.
  • Celebrate — organize or participate in ocean events, whether we live inland or on the coast.
For more information, and to see World Oceans Day activities, click here.