World Oceans Day is on June 8! What, you may ask, is World Oceans Day and why should I celebrate it?
The world's oceans:
- Generate most of the oxygen we breathe
- Help feed us
- Regulate our climate
- Clean the water we drink
- Offer us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines
- Provide limitless inspiration!
Now we can give back!
The Oceans Project hopes that you will be involved in planning or participating in a World Oceans Day celebration near you and thus recognize our connection to all oceans. By visiting the World Oceans Day website, you can find an event in your area, list your event, get celebration ideas, access the media and outreach kit, and more.
As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN as June 8th each year.
The concept for a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and it had been unofficially celebrated every year since then. Since 2002, The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network have helped to promote and coordinate World Oceans Day events worldwide. The organizations help coordinate events and activities with aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, universities, schools, and businesses. Each year an increasing number of countries and organizations have been marking June 8th as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea.
Designation of World Oceans Day provides an important boost to those organizations and individuals who have been deeply committed to ocean conservation. Official UN designation is another important step toward improving the health of our world's ocean.
The Ocean Project advances ocean conservation in partnership with zoos, aquariums, and museums (ZAMs), helping them reach their millions of visitors and the public on the importance of conserving our ocean planet.
The Ocean Project effectively educates for conservation action, providing partners with cutting-edge public opinion and communications research; effective outreach program strategies to assist in changing attitudes and behaviors for conservation; helpful information and tools to increase civic involvement in community conservation activities; and ways to help with regional, national, and international policy-focused action.
Since its formation in the late 1990s, The Ocean Project has grown from a handful of founding North American aquariums into the world's most extensive network for advancing ocean education and action, with nearly 1,000 Partner ZAMs, plus conservation and education organizations, agencies, and institutions in all 50 U.S. states and 85 other countries.
So be a part of this important work. Celebrate World Oceans Day and let others know about it, too!
Also, take a virtual tour of the ocean now at theblu.com.